CFHS code : HT516b

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Memory of CATHERINE GEORGINA the beloved wife of JAMES AGAR d July 29th 1964 aged 54 Another of Heavens Own MARIAN KIRKHAM BAKER d March 14th 1956 aged 89 One of Heavens Own CHARLES KIRKHAM BAKER d May 5 1894 aged 61 also ALICE BAKER b Oct 26 1851 d Aug 27 1908

Monument : Stone cross (fallen)/Kerb stones (kerb overgrown)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Agar and Baker monument May 2018

Monument

Located on the second row east of the central path, under trees. The inscription is intact but hard to read.

Inscription

north face

In Memory of CATHERINE GEORGINA the beloved wife of JAMES AGAR d July 29th 1964 aged 54

“Another of Heavens Own”

east face

In Loving memory of CHARLES KIRKHAM BAKER who departed this life May 5 1894 aged 61 years

“Peace Perfect Peace”

Also ALICE BAKER b Oct 26 1851 d Aug 27 1908

south face

Also his daughter MARIAN KIRKHAM BAKER who died March 14th 1956 aged 89 years

“One of Heavens Own”

Catherine Georgina Agar (née Mellor) (2 April 1910 – 29 July 1964)

Catherine was born in Chorlton, Manchester and was the daughter of George and Sarah (née Smithson) Mellor. Her father was a shipping clerk and in 1939 Catherine was living in Bangor, Wales working as a shorthand typist.  She married colliery worker Robert James William Agar (1904-1970) in 1946 in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. The couple lived in Kirby Muxloe and Catherine died at the Ava Nursing Home in Leicester aged 54 years old.

Catherine’s connection with the Baker family is not known, but she was the executor of Marian Baker’s will.

Charles Kirkham Baker (20 April 1833 – 5 May 1894)

Charles was born in Battersea and baptised at St. Mary’s Church, Battersea on 2 August 1833. He was the son of Charles Kirkham Baker and Ann and married Mary Ann Neal (1832-1873) on 1 January 1856 at St. Leonard’s Church, Streatham. Charles was a school master and they moved to Cambridge after the marriage. Charles and Mary Ann had at least eight children:  Charles Kirkham (1858-1887), Kirkham Edward (1860-1861), William Kirkham (1862-), Henry Kirkham (1864-), Arthur Edward (1865-1865),  Marian Kirkham (1866-1956), Mary Kirkham (1869-1869) and Lilian Kirkham (1870-1871).

The family lived at 71 King Street and he worked as a ‘master of a public school in connection with the parish of Holy Trinity’ (known as King Street Old School). His salary was £60 per annum plus the house.  The house belonged to the trustees of the school and in October 1869 Charles’ vote was objected to by the Liberals on the grounds of permissive occupation. The case was heard at court, and after much evidence Charles’ vote was allowed to stand.  Mary Ann Baker died in June 1873 aged 41 years old. Charles then became accountant to the Cambridge Improvement Commissioners and lived at King Street with three of his children: William, Henry and Marian (1881). He married for a second time on 23 August 1883 at Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire to Alice Duncombe.   They lived at 72 King Street (1891) and then 6 Brunswick Place.  Charles also served as clerk to the Governors of the Old Schools and died at home aged 61 years old.

Alice Baker (née Duncombe) (26 October 1851 – 27 August 1908)

Alice was born in Marston Moretaine and baptised there on 29 December 1851. She was the daughter of farmer William Goodman Duncombe and Eliza (née Webb) and grew up at Drapers Farm. Alice trained as a teacher and in 1881 was teaching in Hemel Hempstead before marrying widower Charles Baker in 1883. After she was widowed she succeeded her husband as clerk to the Governors of the Old Schools and held the position until 1902 when she was appointed assistant clerk to the Borough Eduction Committee.  She had a ‘serious operation’ in 1906 and was bed ridden for the last four months of her life. Alice died at 6 Brunswick Place aged 56 years old and her funeral took place at All Saints’ Church on 31 August. The Rev. J. Thrift alluded ‘in feeling trems to the loss sustained by the parish and by the town by the death of Mrs Baker’. Representatives of many of the borough schools attended the funeral.

Marian Kirkham Baker (28 May 1866 – 14 March 1956) 

Marian was baptised on 9 August 1866, and worked as a school teacher. She lived with her step mother Alice at Brunswick Place until her death in 1908 and then moved to live at Maids Causeway.  In 1911 she was documented as being an ‘agent to the Cambridge Association for the care of girls’ and was living at Maids Causeway with her domestic servant Florence Martha Chapman.

In February 1918 a 14 year old girl was charged with stealing ‘half a bushel of potatoes to the value of 1s, 3d at Melbourn’.  The girl was seen leaving a field with two baskets, and when a witness called out to her she ran off screaming.  She admitted stealing the potatoes from the man. An Inspector from the N.S.P.C.C said at court that the girl had been left in the care of an elder sister ‘and since then they had been neglected and allowed to run wild. They were without clothes and food’.  Marian Baker also appeared at court and said she had found a vacancy for the girl at the Home for Girls at Rottingdean, Brighton where she would be trained for service, if the Bench were to approve the offer. The girl was signed over to Marian’s care and supervision for three years.

By 1939 Marian was living at 20 Maid’s Causeway and was described on the records of that year as a retired probation officer. She died at home in March 1956.

It is known that Mary Ann Baker was also buried within the Holy Trinity area of Mill Road Cemetery on 26 June 1873, as were her three infant children: Arthur Edward Baker (aged 5 weeks), Mary Kirham Baker (aged 5 weeks) and Lilian Kirkham Baker (aged 14 months). Their grave has not yet been identifed.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Catherine Georgina Agar; Alice Baker; Charles Kirkham Baker; Marian Kirkham Baker