This grave was not found during the CFHS survey.

Southwell headstone February 2017


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located close to the south wall roughly eleven rows from the Mill Road entrance. (St Paul section A (south path to south wall)  row 11 grave number 4).  Although the headstone leans to the north, it is quite stable. The inscription is only just legible.                      


Sacred to the memory of Ann the beloved wife of Charles Southwell
Who died Oct … 1863 aged 5[3] years

Also of Charles Southwell who died Sep. 8 1881 aged 73 years

Also of Mary Ann Southwell died June 14 1926 aged 88 years


Relationship: Husband, wife and daughter in law

Ann Southwell (née Beckett) (1811 – October 1863)

Ann was the daughter of Edward and Susanna (née Parry) Beckett and married Charles Southwell on 24 July 1832 in Barnwell.  Charles was a tailor and the couple had at least two children: Charles Thomas (1835-1891) and Alfred Simeon (1840-1889). The family lived at Queen Street and Ann died at home aged 52 years old. Her funeral was held on 21 October 1863.


Charles Southwell (1808 – 8 September 1881)

Charles was the son of Charles and Sarah (née Freestone) Southwell and was baptised at St. Andrew the Great Church on 12 June 1808.  After he was widowed he lived at Queen Street with his son Alfred and daughter in law Mary (1881) and then at Panton Street. Charles died at home aged 73 and an inquest was held into his death at the ‘Old Guinea’, Russell Street. ‘It appeared that the deceased, a retired tailor went out on Thursday morning for his usual walk, and returned about twenty minutes to one, informing his son that he felt very queer. During dinner he fell forward and expried before a doctor arrived. The cause of death being the rupture of the left ventricle of the heart. The jury returned a verdict accordingly’.


Mary Ann Southwell (née Larkin) (1838 – 24 June 1926)

Mary was born in Chesterton, the daughter of Thomas (1797-1838) and Sarah (née Southwell) (1798-1866). She married her cousin Alfred Simeon Southwell on 2 November 1861 in Chesterton. Alfred was master of the British School in Cambridge. British Schools were a movement, which largely appealed to non-conformists – their aim was to put  ‘the facts of Christianity before the children, but withholds the conclusions arising from those facts. It inculcates ‘morality’ according to its own showing, but Christian teaching it excludes’. Alfred died in Hauxton aged 48 years old, and it is not known where he is buried.

After his death Mary lived at 46 Norwich Street (1891/1901),  171 Gwydir Street (1911) and Guest Road.  She died at Guest Road aged 88 years old.




Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS


by Claire Martinsen

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Ann Southwell; Charles Southwell; Mary Ann Southwell