CFHS code : MC62
Parish : St Michael
Inscription : In Loving Memory of WALTER STOCKBRIDGE also ALICE MAUD MARY wife of the above d (15 March ) 1937
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202579, 0.1375577 – click here for location
Walter Stockbridge (c.1847 – 29 January 1923)
Walter was born in Melbourn, just outside Cambridge and was the son of Joseph and Eliza Ann Stockbridge. He grew up on Church Lane Melbourn, and Joseph Stockbridge was a wheelwright. In 1861 Walter was 14 years old and working as an agricultural labourer. By 1871 he was lodging at 30 Clarendon Street and working as a joiner. He married Alice Wallis in 1878 when he was 31 years old.
Walter and Alice had eight children: Ernest Walter [1879-1883], Alice Maud [1881-1978], Blanche [1883-1969], Margaret [1884-], Madeleine [1885-1981], Gladys Ann [1887-1990], Cyril Hedley [1889-1968] and Walter [1890-1970].
Walter became a furniture dealer/upholsterer. The family lived at 28 Green Street  and then at 49 Sidney Street [at least 1891 onwards]. In May 1893 he appeared in court having accused his shop clerk Ernest Samuel Liles aged 21 of embezzlement and stealing £1 and 10s. Various witnesses swore at the trial that they had given money to purchase items of furniture to Ernest Liles, which had not appeared in the books. An accountant having examined the books estimated between £70 and £80 was missing from the accounts. Walter Stockbridge said that Ernest had been in his employment for 12 months and was paid 15s per week and most of his food. He said that he had only double checked the books for the first three weeks and thereafter had left Ernest unsupervised. Ernest Liles was sentenced to 3 months hard labour, and Walter was amonished for carrying ‘on business in a very lax way’.
On Good Friday morning in March 1913 he was involved in a car accident with the Bishop of Ely and the event was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press. Walter was driving down Castle Hill, and the Bishop’s car was driving out of Chesterton Lane into Northampton Street at the time when the cars collided. One of the front wheels was knocked off Walter’s car as a result. The newspaper reported that despite the accident the Bishop was able to conduct a three hour service at St. Michael’s Church at noon the same day.
Walter died at 78 St Barnabas Road aged 76 years old.
Alice Maud Mary Stockbridge [nee Wallis] (c.1853 – 6 January 1937)
Alice was the daughter of victualler William Wallis and his wife Ann. She was brought up at 19 East Road. She married Walter Stockbridge when she was c.25 years old.
She continued to live at 78 St Barnabas Road after Walter died, and died there in 1937 aged 84 years old.
Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives
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