CFHS code : HT516c

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Memory of ELIZA BARKER b [1830] d 1870 WALTER GODFREY d July 4 1894 aged 50 SUSAN wife of the above d Jan 31 1915 aged 7[5]

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder (overgrown)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Barker monument May 2018


Located two rows east of the central path under trees, in the parish of Holy Trinity.


In Memory of ELIZA BARKER b 183[0] d 1870

WALTER GODFREY died July 4 1894 aged 50 years
R. I. P.

SUSAN wife of the above died Jan 31 1915 aged 75

Relationship: Husband, wife and sister

Eliza Barker (née Benton) (c.1830 – 26 December 1870)

Eliza was the daughter of coachmaker Thomas Benton and Lydia and was baptised on 24 April 1831. She married  painter/decorator Henry Barker (1827-) in 1851 and they lived at 1 Thompson’s Lane (1861) and then at Hobson’s Place.  Eliza died at home aged 40 years old.

Walter Godfrey  (1842 – 4 July 1894)

Walter was born in Stanford, seven miles north of Thetford and was the son of Joseph and Charlotte. He was baptised in Stanford on 21 August  1842 and grew up in Docking, North Norfolk where his father was a butcher.  Aged 17 Walter was working as a journeyman carpenter (1861) and moved to Cambridge where he married Susan Benton in 1867.  The couple had at least five children:  George Harry (1869-1936), Leonard Walter (1872-1933), Lily (1876-1923), Frederick Willam (1878-1952) and Annie Susan (1881-). The family lived briefly in Burton on Trent where children Lily and Frederick were born before returning to Cambridge to live at 9 Eastern Street (1881) and Argyle Cottage, 1 Argyle Street (1891). Walter worked as a carpenter and died at home aged  51 years old (although his age is recorded as 50 on the grave monument).

Susan  Godfrey (née Benton)  (c.1840 – 31 January 1915)

Susan was the daughter of Thomas and Lydia, sister of Eliza and was baptised on 14 February 1841. Her father was a coachmaker and she grew up at 8 Nine Pin Court before marrying Walter Godfrey. After she was widowed she lived at 160 Mill Road with eldest daughter Lily and her husband  Thomas Phillips (1911) and died at 11 Devonshire Road, Cambridge aged 75.


CFHS transcriptions of parish & grave records


by Claire Martinsen

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Eliza Barker; Susan Godfrey; Walter Godfrey