CFHS code : AL67
Parish : St Andrew the Less
Inscription : ILO ARTHUR the son of WALTER & LOUISA WATTS d ? WALTER WATTS d July 30th 1910 aged 83 ——– LOUISA his dearly beloved wife d June [29th] 1908 aged 78
Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones (broken)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Located in the far north of the cemetery four rows from the east wall. Easiest to find by walking north from the Gwydir Street gate. The cross has been broken for some time and many of the metal letters are missing. The kerb stones are still in place but a tree is growing in one corner which will eventually cause displacement.
In Loving Memory Of ARTHUR the son of WALTER & LOUISA WATTS died April 2? 1875 aged 11 years.
Also of WALTER WATTS who died July 30th 1910 aged 83 years
LOUISA his dearly beloved wife d June [29th] 1908 aged 78 years
Arthur Watts (1864 – 1875)
Arthur was the fourth child of Walter and Louisa. Arthur died when the family were living at the university cricket ground.
Walter Watts (1827 – 1910)
Walter was born in Wimpole on March 7th 1827 to Robert and Ann. Robert was a glazier and plumber. They moved to Cambridge when Walter was a toddler. By the 1851 census Walter was living on East Road and described himself as a master baker. He married Louisa Sandfield on February 11th 1852. By 1864 he was based at the University Cricket Ground although still working as a baker. He had became a first class cricketer by 1866 and played for Cambridge Town Club for at least three years, In 1875 a new pavilion was built at the cricket ground which also provided “a commodious residence” for Walter and his family. He was, for fifty years, custodian of the University Cricket Ground. Retiring at the age of 81 when his wife died. In 1891 the match between the University and Mr. C. I. Thornton’s Eleven was played as a benefit for him.
His son George, played for Surrey and Cambridgeshire.
Walter was living at 33 Emery Street when he died.
Louisa Watts (née Sandfield) (1832 – 1908)
Louisa was born in Cambridge to William and Elizabeth Sandfield. William was a house painter and she was bought up in Staffordshire Street and Norfolk Street. She became a dressmaker and continued to work after her marriage. She had at least eight children with Walter: William Frederick (1853), Robert Sandfield (1855), Harriet Ann (1858), Harry Joseph (1861), Arthur (1864), George Hubert (1867), Walter Lewis (1871) and Florence (1874)
When Robert was born they were living in Norfolk Street, then Gold Street, but when Walter became custodian of the cricket ground they moved to a
house on Gonville Place next to the town jail.
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CFHS transcripts of parish & census records
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by Mary Naylor