CFHS code : PL513

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of THOMAS JOHN WATSON eldest son of the late HENRY BROWN WATSON of Croft Lodge d Feb 8th 1905 aged 56 also of ELLEN wife of the above d Oct 20th 1931

Monument : Stone cross (restored)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Most of the inscription on the plinth is still legible.
Watson cross 2016


This cross stands 6 rows east of the west path on the northern boarder of the parish of St Paul’s. Most of the inscription is still legible.



“Thy will be done”


In Loving Memory of THOMAS JOHN WATSON
eldest son of the late HENRY BROWN WATSON of Croft Lodge
Who passed Feb 8th 1905 aged 56 years

Also of ELLEN wife of the above died Oct 20th 1931

Thomas John Watson (23 August 1848 – 8 February 1905)

Thomas was the second son of Henry and Sarah (née Symonds) Watson.  He was born in Cambridge and baptised at St Mary the Great on 31 December 1848. He grew up on Petty Cury, where his father was a chemist/druggist.  His siblings Henry, Elizabeth and Ada are also buried at Mill Road Cemetery.

By 1871 the family had moved to live at Croft Lodge on the Barton Road in what is now called Newnham.  Aged 32 (1881) he had moved to live at Manor Barn in Balsham.  Manor Farm was his mother’s childhood home, and where Thomas’s maiden aunts Rebecca and Elizabeth still lived farming 400 acres.  He was listed on the census of that year as an artist painter. In 1891 he had moved to 4 Newnham Terrace, and was living there with his aunt Rebecca Symonds. He was not recorded as having any occupation.

He married Ellen Lewis on 9 June 1900 at St Mary Bolton Church in Kensington. Her father was a landscape and portrait painter, which is perhaps how the couple met.  They moved to St Paul’s Road and were living there in 1901 with their domestic servant Kate Rule.  Thomas died at home in 1905 aged 56 years old.

Ellen Watson (née Lewis) (c.1859 – 20 October 1931)

Ellen was the daughter of Charles James Lewis (1830-1892) and his wife Mary.  Charles was a Victorian artist  described as ‘an industrious, repaid and prolific artist, and a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy, the Society of British ARtists, the British Institution and other exhibitions’ and Ellen grew up at 122 Cheyne Walk in Chelsea. She was c.41 years old when she married Thomas Watson.  They did not appear to have any children and she died at the Evelyn Nursing Home.



Dictionary of National Biography Volume 11

by Claire Martinsen

[If you have any further information about this family, please contact us at]

Ellen Watson; Thomas John Watson