CFHS code : BO5

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : [side 1:] In Memory of AMELIA SMITH d May 9th 1875 aged 82 also of LOUISA SMITH ———- d Dec [2nd] 1895 aged 73

Monument : Stone cross (double pedestal thrown down over large tomb slab-broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202947, 0.13760463 – click here for location


Smith and Wallis monument September 2020

This rectangular column on a plinth, with cross surmounted, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located north east of the centre circle, beside the north-bound central path.


west face
‘In memory of Amelia Smith
died May 9th 1875 aged 82’

‘Also of Louisa Smith [daughter of the above] died Dec [2nd] 1895 aged 73’

There may be an inscription below this but it has eroded so badly nothing can be deciphered.  It may be to William Smith Amelia’s husband who we know was buried in this parish.

south face
In affectionate Remembrance of  GEORGE WILLIAM  only son of  SWAN WALLIS  died April 12th 1885  aged 28 years’

north face
‘In Memory of  SWAN WALLIS  died at Bexhill  Jan 28th 1900  aged 73 years’

Amelia Smith (c.1792 – 9 May 1875)

Little is known of Amelia’s early life.  She was born in Barrington, and married William Smith in London c.1819.  It is thought she could have been a widow when she married him, and was named Amelia Butcher on the marriage certificate.  William and Amelia had at least four children: Amelia (1822-), Louisa (1823-1895), Susan Ann (1827-1861) and George (1828-).   Their first child was born in London, but by the time Louisa was born they were living in Cambridge. The family lived at 12 Silver Street and William Smith was a grocer.  It is thought he died in 1856 and Amelia went on to run the grocery shop with her daughter Louisa (1861), and then later at 1 Queens Lane (1871).  In 1871 her widowed son-in-law Swan Wallis and two grandchildren had also come to live with her and Louisa.

At the time of her death aged 82, Amelia was living at 68 Trumpington Street, Cambridge.

Louisa Smith (c.1822- 2 December 1895)

Louisa was the second daughter of William and Amelia Smith.  She helped her mother to run the grocery shop until at least 1871.  In 1881 she was living at Grange Farm with her widowed brother-in-law Swan Wallis and his two children, on the census of that year she was noted as an annuitant. She was still at Grange Farm ten years later, where Swan’s two grandchildren were also living.  Swan’s daughter Maud Amelia Wallis had married wine merchant Edward George Fitch-Jones in 1882,  and the couple had moved to live in Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex. It appears Swan and Louisa moved to Bexhill to be near them. Louisa died aged 73 years old at Croft Lodge in Bexhill.

George William Wallis (c.1857 – 12 April  1885)

George was the eldest son of Swan and Susan Wallis.  He was living at Grange Farm in 1881 where his occupation was noted as a farmer.  He died in Upper Tollington Park in Finsbury Park, London aged 28 years old.

Swan Wallis (20 April 1826 – 28 January 1900)

Swan was the son of Swan and Elizabeth (née Sergeant) Wallis.  He was born in Harston and married Susan Ann Smith(1826-1861)  at St.Botolph’s Church on 21 August 1855.  Susan was the youngest daughter of grocer William and Amelia Smith. The couple had at least  three children: George William (1857-1885), Maud Amelia (1858-1917) and William Smith (1859-1862).

Swan was a farmer, who farmed at initially at Gravel Hill Farm on Madingley Road.  In 1861 he was farming 166 acres and employing 6 men and 4 boys on the farm. He was widowed in late 1861 when Susan died. In 1871 he was living at 1 Queens Lane with his mother in law Amelia Smith and sister in law Louisa.  Amelia and Louisa ran and grocers store in Cambridge.

From local newspapers of the time it is known that Swan was a keen horticulturalist.  He won numerous prizes in show for his flowers over many years. For example in the Cambridge Horticulture Society Show in 1874 he won prizes for his African Marigolds, Zinnias, Table Pears and Roses. In December 1856 Swan brought a case against the Trustees of the Cambridge – St.Neots Turnpike Road.   The building of the road had caused damage to his farm.  Swan claimed that ‘there were divers losses and inconveniences sustained after the farm had been dug; injury was also done to gates and fences’. In his witness statement had said ‘the road is a perfect nuisance on my farm. After the land has been dug, It is in a beggarly state….and I have had two or three gates broken, and my sheep have been let on to the corn; gates have been left open next to the turnpike-road and other people’s cattle let on to my land…I have made an estimate of the damage I have sustained and I don’t believe 1s 6d per pole to be excessive’.  Swan was awarded a total of £21 11s and 8d in compensation and costs.   In March 1863 Swan appeared before the court charged by Charles Watson of selling him an unfit horse.  Swan was said at the trial to be a farmer but also sometime horse dealer.  He sold a brown gelding horse for £60 which was said to have a defective eye. The trial was complicated, and involved many witnesses such as vets, auctioneers, friends and family.  The jury eventually found in Swan’s favour.

In 1881/1891 he was farming at Grange Farm, and Louisa Smith lived there with him.  He and Louisa then appear to have moved to Bexhill to be nearer to Maud and her husband Edward George Fitch Jones.  Swan died in Bexhill aged 73 years old.


St Botolph burial register


by Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen

Amelia Smith; Louisa Smith; George William Wallis; Swan Wallis