CFHS code : ML78

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : side 1: In Loving Memory of / ELIZABETH ALICE BAILEY / d December 8th 1896 / aged 67 side 2: WILLIAM JOHN BAILEY / d December 25th 1894 / aged 65 side 3: EMMA ALICE BRIGGS / d December 10th 1885 / aged 35

Monument : Stone cross (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202689, 0.13743128 – click here for location

Bailey and Briggs grave
Bailey and Briggs monument


This cross was restored in recent years. It stands in the centre circle. In the middle of the south sections that was set aside for the parish of St Mary the Less. The inscription is barely legible.


side 1 In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH ALICE BAILEY  d December 8th 1896  aged 67 

side 2: WILLIAM JOHN BAILEY  d December 25th 1894  aged 65 side 

side 3: EMMA ALICE BRIGGS  d December 10th 1885  aged 35

Relationship: Brother, sister and servant

Elizabeth Alice Bailey (1831 – 8 December 1896)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Bailey.  She was William’s twin sister, and they were born in St Neots c1831.  Their father ran a grocery store on the High Street in St Neots. The family were still in St Neots in 1857, but by 1861 had moved to 3 Fitzwilliam Street Cambridge.

Elizabeth never married, and has no occupation in any of the census records.  She died at 3 Fitzwilliam Street in 1896 leaving effects of £4,262

William John Bailey (1831 – 25 December 1894)

William was Elizabeth’s twin brother, though on later census records they are noted with different ages.   He grew up initially in St Neots, and moved to Cambridge shortly before the age of 30.  In 1861 a grocer, in 1871 he was noted as a merchants clerk, and in 1881 an assistant grocer. After their father died in 1884 the twins continued to live at 3 Fitzwilliam Street. William was a bachelor and died in 1894 leaving effects of £2,087.

Emma Alice Briggs (1850 – 10 December 1885)

Emma was a domestic servant to the Bailey family when they were in Cambridge. She was born in Winwick, Northamptonshire, possibly the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Briggs, an agricultural worker.  Aged 21 she was living at 3 Fitzwilliam Street and working as a domestic servant.  She was still on the Bailey census record in 1881, so it is assumed she gave half of her short life to working for the Bailey family.

Adam & Elizabeth Bailey are buried in a grave with no visible monument in a different section of the parish.


By Claire Martinsen

Elizabeth Alice Bailey; William John Bailey; Emma Alice Briggs