CFHS code : MG229

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : JOSEPH FARLEY SPRY MA d 20 January 1923 also his wife FANNY SEAGRAVE TRELOAR SPRY d 7 October 1925

Monument : Celtic cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202149, 0.13749314 – click here for location

The Monument in April 2016
Spry monument April 2016



Who passed beyond 20 January 1923

Who passed beyond  7 October 1925.’

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

Joseph Farley Spry (c.1860 – 20 January 1923)

Joseph was born in Petersfield in Hampshire – a market town fifteen miles north of Portsmouth.  He was the son of John and Jane Spry and his father was a supervisor for the Inland Revenue.  Aged 11 he was living with his parents and siblings in Sheffield , and aged 21 was working as a ‘2nd class Assistant of Excise’ also in Sheffield.  He married Kate Annie Dupe on 16 April 1890 in Evercreech, Somerset.  The couple settled at Trinity House in Sudbury and Joseph continued to work for the Inland Revenue.  Kate died in 1893 aged 25 years old and he then married Fanny Davies in 1897.  They had moved to 75 Glisson Road by 1901 and had two children: Mary Angelina (1906-1976) and John Farley (1910-1999).

In June 1902 Joseph appeared at court in relation to a case against Alfred Wisbey.  Wisbey was summonsed for keeping a dog without a license.  Joseph stated ‘that when he had called upon defendant he had promised to take out a licence.  No licence to his knowledge had been taken out’.   Alfred was found guilty and fined 15s and 9s costs.

In June 1905 he was a witness in the case against Ernest Harris who was accused of hawking cigars in Cambridge pubs. Joseph said that ‘in consequence of complaints he watched the defendant go into the ‘Bakers Arms’ the ‘Wagon and Horses’ and the ‘Burleigh Arms’…Defendant was taken to the Police Station and charged’. Ernest’s solicitor claimed that although it was illegal to hawk tabacco and snuff, the law did not mention cigars.  The Mayor dismissed this saying ‘Do you suggest that the cigars were not made of tabacco then?’.  Ernest was found guilty, fined £5 and all the cigars in his possession were forced to be handed over.

In January 1913 he was the victim of crime when a fifteen year old errand boy stole his boots.  The boots were taken to a pawnshop on Fitzroy Street where 4s and 6d was lent against them. The Mayor said that ‘the boy had done a very wrong deed and must be very careful or he would find himself in prison. He would be bound over for 12 months in his own and his father’s recognisances.  It was a great deal the fault of the father that the boy had got into these ways’.

Joseph died at 75 Glisson Road.

Fanny Seagrave Treloar Spry (née Davies) (1871 – 7 October 1925)

Fanny was born in Sudbury  and was the daughter of commercial traveller John Davies and his wife Angelina (née Seagrave).  She married widower Joseph Spry when she was 25 years old and died at Glisson Road aged 54 years old.



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