CFHS code : BE111

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of MARY TAYLOR the beloved wife of JOSHUA TAYLOR b 23 Jan 1846 d 28 June 1919 also of JOSHUA TAYLOR JP b Jan 31 1846 d 25 Nov 1922

Monument : Celtic cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202639, 0.13622882 – click here for location

Taylor monument November 2017


The cross, in the parish area of St Bene’t, is well preserved and the kerb stones intact. It is not known where the small stone marking May’s grave should be placed. It was found leaning against the cross of her elder brother’s grave which is directly behind this one.


east face
In Ever Loving Memory of MARY TAYLOR,
the beloved wife of JOSHUA TAYLOR.
Born Jan. 23. 1846. Died  June 28. 1919

“I have redeemed thee, thou art mine.”

Born Jan. 31. 1846. Died Nov. 25. 1922.

The small stone of May Taylor leaning against her elder brother’s cross. November 2017

south face
ERNEST ROBERT TAYLOR. Born Dec. 30.1874. Died July 26. 1930.

north face
ELIZABETH ANN TAYLOR. Born March 10. 1870. Died May  16. 1950

MAY TAYLOR died Sept.3. 1882 aged 2 years 3 months

“safe in the arms of Jesus”

Relationships: mother, father, son and two daughters

Mary Taylor  (née Taverner) (23 January 1846 – 28 June 1919)

Mary was born in Peterborough and  was baptised at St. John the Baptist Church on 2 October 1848. She was the daughter of  Thomas and Elizabeth Taverner. Her father was recorded as being a butcher in the census of 1851, but by 1861 was noted as being ‘out of business’. She married Joshua Taylor at St. Johns’ on 6 April 1869 and they had six children:  Ann Elizabeth (1870-1950), Mary Ann Ground (1872-1962), Joshua Alfred (1873-1926), Ernest Robert (1874-1930), Thomas (Tom) Taverner (1877-) and May (1880-1882).

Joshua ran the eponymous clothing store at 58-60 Sidney Street with a further shoe/boot shop at Market Street.  The couple lived at 6 Trumpington Street (1881), Milton Road (1891) and then at Saxon Barns, 43 Grange Road from at least 1901 onwards.  Mary died at the family home aged 73 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 July.  A service was held at Holy Trinity Church before a committal service at the Cemetery.  Mary’s nurse Sister Drake attended the service, suggesting she had been ill for some time.

The shop at 59 Sidney St, Cambridge.

Joshua Taylor (31 January 1846 – 25 November 1922)

Joshua was the eldest child of Joshua and Ann (née Ground). He was born in Hackney but brought up in Ely where his father kept a clothing shop/outfitters.

The store in Sidney Street was opened in  April 1862.  The store was called Joshua Taylor, and was probably owned by his father (1822-1867) as Joshua had only just turned 18 years old.  Advertisements announced ‘Joshua Taylor tailor, clothier, hatter, hosier and general outfitter, respectfully informs the inhabitants of Cambridge and its vicinity that he will shortly re-open …with an entire new stock…Joshua Taylor will be assisted in the business by a gentleman of twenty years’ practical experience in the trade, when he hopes by strict attention to business to merit a share of that patronage so liberally bestowed upon the family for the last fifty years’.  The store expanded over the years to be located at 39 and 58-60 Sidney Street and Market Street.  In March 1896 the company was changed to a limited company with Joshua as its Managing Director and sons Joshua Alfred and Ernest as Directors.

Joshua was an alderman of the town and also a magistrate. He died at home aged 76 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 29 November.

Ernest Robert Taylor (30 December 1874 – 26 July 1930)

Ernest worked in the family clothing business, and was a joint director with his brother Joshua Samuel. Aged 36 (1911) he was living at home with his parents at Saxon Barns. He married Elizabeth (c.1874-) and they had one son: John Taverner (c.1914-). The family lived at Hilary House, Storey’s Way, and Ernest died there aged 55 years old.

Elizabeth Ann Taylor (10 March 1870 – 16 May 1950)

Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of Joshua and Mary Taylor. She was baptised on 8 April 1870, and lived with her parents at Saxon Barns. After their deaths she went to live at 109 Barton Road in Newnham.  In 1939 she was living at Barton Road with her sister Mary, brother in law Wilfred Gait and domestic servant Ethel Neve. On the records of 1939 she is documented as being a Director of Joshua Taylor, men’s outfitters.  Elizabeth was still at Barton Road in 1950, but died at the Evelyn Nursing Home aged 80 years old.

May Taylor (May 1880 – 3 September 1882)

May was Joshua and Mary’s youngest child and died at 6 Trumpington Street aged 2 years old.



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Elizabeth Taylor; Ernest Taylor; Joshua Taylor; Mary Taylor; May Taylor