CFHS code : AG53

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : JEANETTE Walker [wife] of [WALTER] d December 4th 1933 age 77

Monument : Column (sculptured)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202606, 0.13709066 – click here for location

Walker monument 2017


In the parish area of St Andrew the Great, this column is located seven rows from the central path before the centre circle. The inscription is badly eroded. The parish record was used to correct this inscription.


JEANETTE Walker [wife] of [WALTER] d December 4th 1933 age 77

Jeanette Walker (née Handley)(c 1856 – 4 December 1935)

Jeannette was born in Waterbeach and was the daughter of John and Alice Handley.  John Handley was a farmer of 40 acres and she grew up with her three siblings.  She married widower Walter Walker at St. John the Evangelist Church, Waterbeach on 6 March 1882.

Walter was a draper with two children from his first marriage: Charles Edward (1875-1961) and Alice Smith (1877-1924).  His first wife Elizabeth had died in Bath in 1878.  In 1881 he had been living in Bath with his children, before marrying Jeannette the following year.  The couple moved to Brighton (1891) and then to Portsmouth (1901) where Walter continued to work as a draper.  By 1911 they were living on Market Street, Harwich an running a drapers/outfitters – Jeanette was assisiting in the business, as was step-daughter Alice and they also employed Bertram Daynes as an assistant.

It is thought that Walter died in 1917, and Jeanette then went to live at
17 Church Street, Edmonton. She died there aged 77 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery. She had no obvious connection with Cambridge, and is not thought to have lived in the town during her life, but her Uncle, Aunt and some of her cousins are also  buried in the Cemetery.



by Claire Martinsen

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Jeanette Walker