CFHS code : AL599

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of SARAH WICKS d Mar 24 1860 aged 75

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Wicks headstone September 2020


This small headstone may have had a Celtic cross on top. It is located 1 row to the west of the central path north of the centre circle &  just before the path bends towards the north gate. There is some erosion of the stone and not all the epitaph can be read


Sacred to the Memory of SARAH WICKS
Died March 24 1860 aged 75

“I know that my Redeemer liveth
And that he shall stand at the latter day, upon the earth and though
worms destroy this body yet in my flesh shall I see God.

Sarah Wicks (1785 – 1860)

Sarah was the daughter of Robert (a publican) & Frances  Bridge. She was baptised on February 13th 1785 at Holy Sepulchre church in Cambridge (The Round Church)

On October 19th 1807 she married tailor William Beales Redfarn at the church of St Andrew the Great. They had two children Frances Bridge (1809) and Joseph Bridge (1810-1811). The lived on St Andrew’s St. William died in 1937 when he was 50 years old. He would have been buried in the graveyard at St Andrew’s The Great in the centre of town. Sometime in the next 4 years Sarah moved to a house bordering Parker’s Piece. She donated £100 to the church fund 

Sarah went on to marry widower Thomas Wicks on 23rd February 1841.  Thomas was the son of Emmanuel College cook Thomas Wicks.  The marriage may not have been a happy one as only 4 months after the wedding Thomas placed an advert in the paper declaring that he would not meet his wife’s debts. She stayed in Cambridge and he moved to Norwich. In the 1851 census she described herself as a fund holder.

Sarah died at an 27 Eden St..
Thomas married for a 3rd time in 1876. and died in Norfolk.

By Mary Naylor

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