CFHS code : PL189a

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOSEPH BEALE d Apr 28 1887 also of REGINALD CHARLES his son BEATRIX LUCIA BEALE d Aug 31 1954 also of LUCY ELIZABETH wife of JOSEPH BEALE d Aug 8 1925

Monument : Open Book (missing)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Joseph Beale (1835 – 28 April 1887)

Joseph was born in Edenfield, Worcestershire – a village between Gloucester and Ledbury.  He was the son of Michael and Sarah Beale and was baptised on 17 April 1836. His father was a beer house keeper (sic) and carman (carriage owner) and aged 15 Joseph was assisting him in the business.  In 1861 he was working as a footman at Forthampton Court.  He married Lucy Banfield at St. James’s Church in Westminster on 15 May 1870 and the couple had four children: Ethel May (1871-1966), Beatrix Lucia (1873-1954), Reginald Charles (1874-1874) and Constance (1875-1970).

By 1871 Joseph was living at 7 St. James’s Square and working as the valet to Wilbraham Egerton, Lord Egerton.  The family moved to Cambridge c.1875 when Joseph become the Hall Butler at Trinity College and in 1881 the family were living at 1 Regent Terrace.  Joseph developed a sore throat in April 1887, which was then found to be inflammation of the wind pipe.  He died four days after falling ill, aged 52 years old.

The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported ‘Mr Beale was highly respected by all who knew him, not only in his official capacity but as a private individual. At the time of his death he was a member of nearly all the florists’ societies in the town, and had served on the committees and his death will be deeply felt by every florist’.

He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 May, with a large turn out despite the ‘inclement weather’. The Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘the deceased was held in high esteem as may be inferred from the fact that the Master of the College  (Rev. Dr Butler), the Dean (Rev. R Appleton), Mr Sedley Taylor and Mr Cobb were among those who followed the body to its last resting place’. His coffin was carried by Trinity college servants, and wreaths were sent from the Horticultural Society, the Florist’s Society, the Mil Road Amateur Gardeners Society and the Chesterton Cottage Garden Society.

Reginald Charles Beale (October 1874 – October 1874)

Reginald was born in London and buried at the Brompton Cemetery on 29 October 1874. He was 3 weeks old.

Lucy Elizabeth Beale (née Banfield)  (22 June 1837 – 8 August 1925)

Lucy was born in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey and was the daughter of George and Mary Ann Banfield.  Her father was a butler, who died when she was 16 years old.  In 1861 Lucy was living with her sisters at Church Street, Walton-on-Thames where they all worked as dressmakers.  She married Joseph Beale when she was 32 years old. After she was widowed she ran a lodging house at 10 Hills Road where she lived with her daughters, none of whom married.  She died at home aged 88 years old.

Beatrix Lucia Beale (5 February 1873 – 31 August 1954)

Beatrix was born in Kensington, and after her fathers death lived with her mother and sisters. After her mother died, they remained living at 10 Hills Road until at least 1950 before moving to 25 Causeway.  Beatrix worked as a violin teacher through her life and died aged 81 years old at the Evelyn Nursing Home on Trumpington Road.



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