CFHS code : HT512

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : of WALTER JOHN WEBB d Nov 11 1896 aged 47 also of HARRIETT widow of the above d May 19 [1911] aged 60 reverse of JAMES WEBB of Cambridge d at Yarmouth Jan 28 1887 aged 65

Monument : Headstone (top broken)/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationship: Father, son, daughter in law

Walter John Webb (1849 – 11 November 1896)

Walter was born in Saffron Walden and baptised there on 14 October 1849. He was the son of James and Mary Ann (née Smithy) Webb. In 1851 the family were living on the High Street in Saffron Walden where James as a bootmaker. By 1861 the family had moved to live at 58 Sidney Street, where James ran a ‘coffee and eating house’. The business was very successful and later moved to 3 Market Street, where Walter helped his father in the running of the business. He married Harriett Cross on 27 April 1876 at St. Mary’s Church, Marylebone and they had three children: Emily Harriette (1877-1956), Sidney Walter (1878-) and Doris Margaret (1894-).  The family lived at 22 Victoria Street (1881) and then at 3 & 4 Market Street when he took over the running of the restaurant from his father. It was called the Criterion Restaurant, but by 1886 was simply known as Webb’s Restaurant.

In November 1891 Walter advertised the restaurant as available to rent in local newspapers –   ‘ To cooks and confectioners. To be let, Webb’s Dining Rooms, Market Street, In consequence of the Proprietor having taken Hotel on South Coast. Preference given to a practical man – apply W. Webb. Immediate Posssession if required’.  By January 1893 Alfred Hartmann had taken over running the restaurant.

Walter went to run the Portland Hotel, Southsea, but was declared bankrupt in June 1896. The bankruptcy court heard that he had invested the profits of Webb’s restaurant into the Portland Hotel. He had provided investment was £2,500 and the balance required of £1,600 was provided by a Mr Franckeiss. ‘There had been a great loss in the trade at the Portland, and only during the second year of his tenancy was he able to clear his liabilities. In May 1894 he tried to find a a purchaser for the hotel, but although he offered the business at £2,500 he failed to dispose of it, as the place was quite ‘played out’.

No record of his death has been found.

Harriett Webb  (née Cross) (1851 – 19 May 1911)

Harriett was the daughter of Henry and Sarah Cross and grew up at 22 Victoria Street. Her father was a college waiter, and before her marriage to Walter Webb, Harriet was also working as  a college servant. After she was widowed Harriett returned to Cambridge and ran a Lodging House from 7 Park Parade (at least 1901 onwards).

James Webb (c.1821 – 28 January 1887)

James was born in the village of Carlton, to the south of Newmarket near Six Mile Bottom and baptised there on 24 February 1822. He was the son of Joseph and Hannah and married Mary Ann Smithy (1827-) on 21 November 1848 in Saffron Walden. They had at least five children: Walter John, Louisa Ann (1850-1919), Charles (1852-1853), Mary Ann (1853-1853)  and Frances Emma (1855-). He was a bootmaker, but later ran a restuarant in Cambridge.  He ran a  ‘coffee house and dining rooms’ at Sidney Street which relocated to 3 Market Street in July 1865. The move was advertised in local newspapers ‘this house will be specially fitted for the accomodation of the middle and working classes, and very desirable to strangers visiting Cambridge’.

Advert from 1877

In 1874 the business was extended to include rooms within ‘St Crispin’s Hall, Market Street’ – as rooms were said to be very much in demand on market days. James Webb promised ‘well ventilated, lofty and abundantly rooms supplied with light, so essential for dining room purposes. When completed they will be found the best of the kind out of London; certainly not to be surpassed in the Eastern counties. There will also be added commercial room, ladies’ coffee and dining room, private dining and sitting rooms’. It is thought that St. Crispin’s Hall was at 4 Market Street, and this is when the business expanded to 3 & 4 Market Street.

James Webb retired to live at 29 Regent Street, Great Yarmouth and son Walter took over the running of the Criterion Restaurant. He died in Great Yarmouth aged 65 years old and is thought to have been buried in Norfolk.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

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Harriett Webb; James Webb; Walter John Webb