CFHS code : CL138
Parish : St Clement
Inscription : In Loving Memory of RICHARD WELCHER d Feb 27 1942 aged 78 his wife MARY ANN d Mar 20 1959 aged 98
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202459, 0.13823976 – click here for location
Richard Welcher (14 November 1863 – 27 February 1942)
Richard was born in Doddington, a village between Chatteris and March and baptised there on 23 February 1864. He was the son of John and Charlotte, and his father farmed 66 acres within the village of Doddington. In 1881 Richard was lodging in Stepney and working as a railway booking clerk, by 1891 he was in Stamford and working as a butcher’s assistant in Louis Featherstone’s butcher’s shop. He married Mary Miller in c.1890 and by 1893 they were living in West Ham where he had returned to work as a railway clerk. Their only son: Maurice Martineau (1893-1981) was born in London, but the family moved to Cambridge around 1904.
Richard and his business partner Mr Allen took over a business at 12 Bridge Street named Feltons and renamed it ‘Allen and Welcher’ and supplied ‘oils, paints, enamels, stains and varnishes’ to the trade (1904). By 1910 the business had expanded to an ‘ironmongers and sundrymen’ and advertised itself as ‘the noted shop for household requisites, wallpapers, paints etc, lamps, stoves, cutlery in great variety…also watches, clocks, dinner and tea services etc, brushes of every descripton’. In 1939 the shop had moved to 39 King Street and specialised in paint and wallpaper. The family lived at 24 Park Parade (1939) and Richard died at home aged 78 years old.
Mary Ann Welcher (née Miller) (9 October 1861 – 20 March 1959)
Mary was also born in Doddington and was baptised on 3 November 1861. Her parents were William and Ann (née Watting) and William Miller was also a farmer in Doddington. After she was widowed she moved to live in Sherborne, Dorset where son Maurice was a schoolteacher. She died at the Damers Hospital in Dorchester, Dorset aged 98 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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