CFHS code : BE142

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of WILLIAM HENRY WATERS b Aug 18 1837 d Aug 19 1887 also MARIA MASON his wife b Apr 4 1832  Jul 24 1890 also of ARTHUR JOHN b Oct 30 1867 d Nov 2 1874 and WILLIAM b Apr 7 1872 d Mar 1 1875 children of WILLIAM HENRY and MARIA MASON WATERS

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202578, 0.13613807 – click here for location

East face of Waters column April 2017


This well preserved column, in the parish area of St Bene’t, stands close to the west wall.


east face

Sacred to the Memory of William Henry Waters born Aug 18 1837 died Aug 19 1887

Also Maria Mason his wife born April 4 1832 died July 24 1890

south face

Also of ARTHUR JOHN born Oct 30 1867 d Nov 2 1874

and William born April 7 1872 died March 1 1875

children of  William Henry Waters and Maria Mason Waters

South face of Waters column  2017

William Henry Waters (18 August 1837 – 19 August 1887)

William was the son of William and Mary Ann (née Apthorpe), brother of Frank and was baptised on 27 August 1837 at All Saints’ Church.  His father was a linen draper and he grew up on Bridge Street where his father had a shop (1851) . His father later became a general insurance agent and aged 23 William was acting as a clerk in his father’s business. He married Maria Roalfe in 1863 in Canterbury, Kent and they had at least ten children: Marian Roalfe (1864-1951), Ernest William (1866-1935), Percival Charles (1867-1935), Arthur John (1867-1874), Sidney Roalfe (1870-1903), William (1872-1875), Alfred Munn (1874-1948), William John (1876-1911), Leslie (1877-1963) and Ethel Roalfe (1879-1963).

William was a publican/wine and spirit merchant and in 1871 the family were living at 13 Brunswick Place, before he took over the running of the Rose pub at 6 & 7 Rose Crescent (at least 1881 onwards). William died at the Rose aged 50 years old.

Maria Mason Waters  (née Roalfe) (4 April 1832 – 24 July 1890)

Maria was born in Canterbury and baptised there on 1 July 1832.  She was the daughter of William and Mercy (née Hayward) and aged 19 was working as a servant for corn merchant Mason Collard.  She later became a school mistress at the King Street School, Cambridge and in March 1856 was elected as a member of the Cambridge Church Schoolmasters’ and Schoolmistresses’ Association. Before her marriage to Henry Waters she was living at 71 King Street and died at 6 Rose Crescent aged 58 years old,

Arthur John Waters (30 October 1867 – 2 November 1874)

Arthur grew up at 13 Brunswick Place and died aged 7 years old.

William Waters (7 April 1872 – 1 March 1875)

William died just before his third birthday.



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