CFHS code : AG353

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Memory of EMMA MARY SMYTH d 19.3.1918 in her 87th year

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202755, 0.13626367 – click here for location

The monument in February 2021.


This monument is located 3 rows west of the west path and 2 rows from the west wall and just behind the tomb of her parents.  At present there is a wooden bench on the path close by. This may have been a cross(CFHS records)  but looks more like a set of kerbs with a ground slab. There is a holly tree growing within the grave set and the “kerbs” have become detached. The inscription of metal letters is in good order but usually hidden under leaf litter.


In Memory of EMMA MARY SMYTH died 19.3.1918 in her 87th year

Emma Mary Smyth (née Rickard) (1832 – 19 March 1918)

Emma was the daughter of James and Emma (née Crabb) Rickard and was baptised at St. Andrew the Great on 29 April 1832.  Her father was a builder/carpenter and she grew up at Fitzwilliam Street (1841) and then at St. Andrew’s Street.  She married coach maker James Shallow Smyth (1831-) at St Andrew the Great on 25 March 1851. James was the son of Stephen and Maria Smyth.  The couple had one son: James (1851-1851) and in April 1851 when the census was taken were living at her family home on St Andrew’s Street.

In 1861 she was living at St. Andrew’s Street with her family but her husband was not there.  In 1871/1881 she was acting as housekeeper for her uncle, John Hall, who lived at 10 Emmanuel Street and was a bookseller and publisher.  On the 1871 census she was described as married, but by 1881 was recorded as a widow.  When and where James Smyth died is not known.

In 1891 she was back at St Andrew’s Street living with her father and siblings, and then moved to live alone at 5 Abbey Road (1901) and 13 Abbey Walk (1911).  She was described on the census returns as living on her own means.  She died in 1918 at 54 Bedford Terrace, Chesterton Road, which was the home of her brother Samuel and sister-in-law Ada.



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Emma Mary Smyth