CFHS code : HT95

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear wife and darling mother EMMA BANYARD d Sep 24th 1947 aged 83 also of CHARLES WILLIAM BANYARD husband of the above d June 23rd 1949 aged 83

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in February 2022.


This headstone and kerbstones are located in the south east corner of the parish area of Holy Trinity roughly 15  plots from the south wall, 5 rows from the east wall and a few plots south east of the path. It was uncovered during routine clearance in 2022. The carving is undamaged and the inscription still legible.


In Loving Memory of my dear wife and darling mother  EMMA BANYARD who fell asleep Sep 24th 1947  aged 83 years

No-one heard the gentle footsteps
The angels drawing near
To take away from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear.

Also of CHARLES WILLIAM BANYARD  husband of the above  died June 23rd 1949  aged 83 years

Peace perfect peace

Emma Banyard (née Rowell) (8 January 1860 – 24 September 1947)

Born in St. Ives, Huntingdon, Emma was the daughter of vetinary surgeon James Rowell and Harriet (known as Juliana) (née Ambrose). Aged 21 she was living with her widowed mother at Vicar’s Row in St.Ives and married Charles Banyard on 14 September 1889 at St. Barnabas’ Church, Cambridge. They started married life living with Charles’ grandmother Sarah at the High Street in Cherry Hinton, and Charles worked as a bricklayers’ labourer. He later worked as a railway labourer/plate layer and they lived at St Phillips Road (1901), 2 York Cottages, Swavesey (1911) and 38 Great Eastern Street (at least 1939 onwards). The couple had six children: Percival Ambrose (1890-1979), Charles Thomas Sadley (1892-1972), Private Arthur Cecil (1895-1917), Bertha Florence Maud (1896-1994), Elsie Victoria Emma (1897-1994) and Eliza Ivy Lilian (1902-1992).  Emma died at home and her funeral took place on 30 September 1947 at Mill Road Cemetery.

NB – Emma ‘lost’ four years of age after marrying Charles, presumably because she was 7 years his senior. She died aged 87 years old, but all documentation and the grave monument recorded her age as 83 years. 

Charles William Banyard (8 January 1867 – 23 June 1949)

Charles was the eldest child of Charles and Emma (née Sadler) and was born in Cherry Hinton. He was baptised there on 10 February 1867. His father worked as a coachman and later as a nightwatchman, and by 1881 the family were living in Hampstead, London where Charles worked as a grocer’s porter. He returned to live in Cambridge with his grandmother and married Emma Rowell when he was 22 years old. In 1939 he was working as a nightwatchman. Charles died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 28 June.

NB – There is some discrepency between his age on the grave monument and his actual age. It is believed he was actually 82 years old, not 83 years old.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Charles William Banyard; Emma Banyard