CFHS code : MG148

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Peace here lieth the Rev HENRY WATSON MA of Corpus Christi College d Jun 14th [1870] TTLMO ADA youngest daughter of HENRY BROWN WATSON d May 2nd 1887 aged 34 ELIZABETH SARAH WATSON d June 13th 1933 aged 88

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202134, 0.13828272 – click here for location

The Watson Monument
Watson monument

Monument

This cruciform coped stone, in the parish area of St Mary the Great, lies to the east of the east path. Many of the metal letters are now missing from the inscription.

Inscription

north face
In Peace here lieth the Rev HENRY WATSON
MA of Corpus Christi College
died Jun 14th 1870

south face
To The Loving Memory Of ADA youngest
daughter of HENRY BROWN WATSON
who died May 2nd 1887 aged 34

west face
ELIZABETH SARAH WATSON died June 13th 1933 aged 88

Relationship: Siblings

Henry Watson (c.1843 – 14 June 1870)

Henry was the eldest son of Henry Brown Watson and his wife Sarah (née Symonds).  He was born in Cambridge and baptised at St Mary the Great on 29 October 1843.  He grew up on Petty Cury where his father was a chemist/druggist.  He studied at Corpus Christi College, and was awarded an M.A. on 18 November 1869. He died aged 26 years old the following year.

Ada Watson (1852 – 2 May 1887)

Ada was the youngest daughter of Henry and Sarah Watson. She was baptised at St Mary the Great on 5 July 1852. She lived initially on Petty Cury, but by at least 1871 the family had moved to live at Croft Lodge, on Barton Road (in what is now known as Newnham).  In 1881 Ada was 27 years old and living at Croft Lodge with her parents and sister Elizabeth.  She died aged 34 years old at 29 Devonshire Street, Portland Place in London, and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery.

Croft Lodge, Barton Road

Elizabeth Sarah Watson (1845 – 13 June 1933)

Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of Henry and Sarah Watson.  She was baptised at St Mary the Great on 6 July 1845.  She lived at Croft Lodge with her parents and sister Ada.  When they died she continued to live there with two domestic servants (1901/1911).   In October 1899 a fire broke out at the property which was reported in the Cambridge Daily News: ‘the seat of the fire was a studio used by Miss Watson who resides at Croft Lodge.  The structure was twelve foot square and fortunately contained nothing of value.  A policeman communicated with the fire station and a member of the Fire Brigade was soon in attendance.  The studio however which was built of wood, was burnt down’. Elizabeth died at home aged 88 years old having lived at Croft Lodge for over 60 years.

The burial records show that  Henry and Sarah Watson, parents of the above are also buried in this parish and possibly in the  same grave. However the grave records, which are not complete, do not record their names.

Henry Brown Watson (c.1817 – 21 February 1898)

Henry was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Watson.  He was baptised at St Mary the Great on 30 March 1817. Thomas Watson (1770-1827) was a chemist and druggist with premised on Petty Cury.   Elizabeth Watson took over the running of the business when her husband died, and Henry in turn took the business over from his mother.  In 1828 Elizabeth Watson took out advertisements in the local newpapers assuring them that the business was continuing to trade ‘Mrs W. begs to announce that the business is conducted by the most able and experienced assistants. NB – the several horse and dog medicines of which the late Mr. Watson was the sole proprietor are prepared and may be had as usual’.

He married Sarah Symonds on 14 June 1842 at Holy Trinity Church in Balsham.  The family lived at New Square initially, and then at Petty Cury (1851/1861) before moving to Croft Lodge on Barton Road.  Henry died aged 80 years old at Croft Lodge.

Sarah Watson (née Symonds) (c.1821 – August 1896)

Sarah was the daughter of John and Sarah Symonds.  She was born in Balsham, where John farmed a large 400 acre farm.  She died at Croft Lodge aged 75 years old, and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 10 August 1896.

Their son Thomas John Watson is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery with his wife Ellen.

Croft House later became the home of Sir Francis Crick.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

CFHS transcriptions of parish records

by Claire Martinsen

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Ada Watson; Elizabeth Sarah Watson; Henry Watson