CFHS code : ML81

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : MARY ANN EMMA daughter of CHARLES & MARY ANN TAYLOR d Nov [23] 1876 aged 23 also CHARLES TAYLOR d [July] 1890 also MARTHA SOPHIA TAYLOR d June 10 1899 aged 44

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202653, 0.13742955 – click here for location

The monument in April 2022.


This headstone with kerb stones, located in the parish area of St Mary the Less, stands in the south of the centre circle close to the path. The carved inscription is very eroded. The decorative carving in the gothic style is still intact with the central triangle inscribed with IHS (Greek abbreviation of Jesus)


MARY ANN EMMA daughter of CHARLES & MARY ANN TAYLOR died Nov [23] 1876 aged 23 

Also CHARLES TAYLOR died July .. 1890 

Also MARTHA SOPHIA TAYLOR died June 10 1899 aged 44 years

Mary Emma Taylor (1853 – 23 November 1876)

Mary was the eldest daughter of Charles and Mary Ann Taylor. She died aged 23 years old.

Charles Taylor (c.1820 – July 1890)

Charles was the son of William and Mary and was born in Gayton, a village seven miles east of King’s Lynn. He was baptised in Gayton on 4 January 1821.  Charles married Mary Ann Gardinerin Briston near Fakenham on 9 May 1844 and they had at least eight children: William John (1844-), Charles Gardiner (1846-), Joseph E (1851-), Mary Ann Emma (1853), Martha Sophia (1856-1899), James (1858-1869), Henry (1860-) and Ellen (Nell) (1864-1918). Charles was a  carpenter/builder and the couple started married life in Briston where their first three children were born, but the time Mary was born in 1853 they had moved to Cambridge.  They lived at 2 South Street (1861) and then 10 Tennis Court Road (1871).  By 1871 Charles was employing eleven people in his building business.

In July 1869 Robert Fraser, a bricklayer who was employed by Charles Taylor was fined 2s, 6d and costs for assuaulting Charles. In October 1877 another of his employees (William Payne) was charged with stealing a stair carpet from Charles’ garden shed.  William Payne pleaded guilty and said he had taken the carpet whilst drunk.  He was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment with hard labour for the crime.

Charles died at 19 Union Terrace aged 69 and was buried on July 22nd 1990.

Martha Sophia Taylor (1856 – 10 June 1899)

Martha  was the second daughter of Charles and Mary and worked as a governess in a school.  She died at Glisson Road aged 42 years old.

The parish burial records show that Charles’ wife Mary was also buried in this parish possibly in the same grave.

Mary Ann Taylor (née Gardiner) (1820 – 7 February 1898)

Mary was born in Gorleston, and baptised on 18 December 1820 in Great Yarmouth.  She was the daughter of John and Mary Gardiner and married Charles Taylor when she was 23 years old.  In 1891 she was living at 19 Union Terrace with granddaughter Alice Taylor and two lodgers, and died at home aged 77 years old.

Children of Charles Gardiner and Sarah Taylor

The grave register show 3 children of Charles G & Sarah Taylor  who died as infants, are buried close by in an unmarked grave.
Edmund Henry (1898-1879 aged 1 year)
Frederick Charles  (1878 – 1881 aged 3 years)
Lilian Kate (1885 – 1885 aged 6 months)

All three children died at Tennis Court Road



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CFHS  transcriptions of parish records

by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Taylor; Martha Sophia Taylor; Mary Ann Emma Taylor