CFHS code : AS42

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : cross In Loving Memory of WILLIAM BRIGHT d Jan 24th 1909 aged 68 also his brother-in-law name and date illegible also MARY his beloved wife d Sep 20th 1903 aged 80 JOHN WILLIAM BLACKWELL b Jan 24th 1855 d Mar 8th 1897 WILLIAM RICHARD BRIGHT b Jan 25th 1853 d Feb 18th 1897 kerbs SIDNEY WILLIAM BRIGHT b Jan 9th 1883 d Oct 5th 1900 WILLIAM JOHN BLACKWELL b July 9th 1893 d Oct 1st 1907 EMILY MARTHA BRIGHT b Sep 4th 18[5]6 d Sep 5th 1924 EDITH MARIA BRIGHT b August 10th 1858 d April 22nd 1906

Monument : Stone cross (broken and fallen)/Kerb stones – Quadruple grave

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Bright grave
Bright and Blackwell monument


Standing to the north of the path that bisects the parish, the monument has now been restored.


plinth – east face

JOHN WILLIAM BLACKWELL,  Born Jan 24th. 1855, died Mar. 8th 1897.

“He has crossed the bar.”
“A token of esteem from from his friends.”

west face

In Loving Memory of WILLIAM BRIGHT died Jan. 24th. 1909. Aged 88 years

north face

Also his brother-in-law name and date illegible

Also MARY, his beloved wife died Sep. 20th, 1903, aged 80 years

“So he gives his beloved sleep.”

south face

WILLIAM RICHARD BRIGHT born Jan 25th 1853 died Feb 18th 1897

“O rest in the Lord”


SIDNEY WILLIAM BRIGHT b Jan 9th 1883 d Oct 5th 1900

WILLIAM JOHN BLACKWELL b July 9th 1893 d Oct 1st 1907

EMILY MARTHA BRIGHT b Sep 4th 18[5]6 d Sep 5th 1924

EDITH MARIA BRIGHT b August 10th 1858 d April 22nd 1906

Relationship: Mother, father, son, two daughters, son-in-law and grandson

William Bright (6 April 1820 –  24 January 1909)

William was the son of Richard and Elizabeth and was born in Stapleford.  Aged 29 he was working as a footman to Robert Phelps, Master of Sidney Sussex College and living in the college. He married Mary Hewitt at Little St. Mary’s Church on 12 May 1852 and the couple had at least seven children: William Richard (1853-1897), Mary Elizabeth (1854-), Emily Martha (1857-1924), Edith Maria (1858-1906), Henry Maynard (1860-1861), Annie Mary (1864-1965) and Ada Sarah (1867-1941).  William worked as a college manciple (responsible for buying for the college kitchens) and the family lived at 4 Portugal Place (1861/1871) and then at 19 Jesus Lane (at least 1881 onwards).  By 1901 William had retired and he and Mary were living at Jesus Lane with daughters Emily and Edith.  He died at home aged 88 years old.

Mary Bright (née Hewitt) (4 March 1823 – 20 September 1903)

Mary was born in Wimpole and baptised there on 30 March 1823.  She was the daughter of gardener Thomas and his wife Elizabeth and in 1851 was working as a domestic servant to Joseph Pullen, the curate of St. Benedict’s Church. Mary died at Jesus Lane and notices of her death read ‘after 51 years of married life. Mary the beloved wife of William Bright, aged 80 years’.

John William Blackwell (24 January 1855 – 8 March 1897)

John was the son of John and Ann Blackwell and was born in Burton on Trent. His father was an engine driver on the railway, and in 1871 the family were living in Gorton, Lancashire and John was working as a railway goods clerk. He married Ada Sarah Bright in Nottinghamshire in 1889 and the couple had at least two children: Ada Mary (1890-) and William John (1893-1907).  In 1891 the family were living in Queen Street, Ordsall (East Retford) in Nottinghamshire  and William was working as a ‘railway company agent’.

John died  in 1897 and his death was announced in Cambridge newspapers ‘on 8 March at Barnhill, Broughty Ferry, N.B., John William, the dearly beloved husband of Ada Sarah Blackwell (née Bright), aged 42. No cards. Late Midland Railway Agent at Dundee, formerly for five years in Cambridge and District.’

William John Blackwell (9 July 1893 – 1 October 1907)

William was the only son of John and Ada and was born in Ordsall (East Retford), Nottinghamshire.  In 1901 he was living  at 29 New Square, where his mother ran a University Lodging House. He died at New Square aged 14 years old.

Ada Sarah Blackwell continued to live in Cambridge and died on 12 February 1941 at Roseneath Villas, Histon Road.  Her death was recorded as a World War II Civilian death and it not known where she was buried.

William Richard Bright (1853 – 18 February 1897)

William was the eldest child of William and Mary Bright.  He grew up at Portugal Place and aged 18 was working as a railway clerk.  He later became station master of Wolferton in Norfolk and married Ellen Elizabeth Riches  (1853-) there on 3 July 1877. The couple had seven children: Arthur Maynard (1880-), Sidney William (1883-1900), Mary Ellen (1884-), Thomas Victor (1887-1942) and a further three children who died as infants.  By at least 1887 the family had moved to 78 Mill Road and William was station master of Cambridge station.  He later moved to live at 145 Chesterton Road and died there aged 44 years old.

Sidney William Bright (9 January 1883 – 5 October 1900)

Sidney was the second son of William and Ellen Bright and was born in Wolferton.  He was baptised on 25 March 1883 at East Walton, Norfolk. He died aged 17 and the funeral took place on 9 October. The service was held at St. Barnabas’ Church where the song ‘Rock of Ages’ was sung.  A wreath was sent from his mother and siblings which read ‘to our darling one, from his loving mother, brothers and sister’.

Emily Martha Bright (4 September 1856 – 5 September 1924)

Emily was the daughter of William and Mary and lived with them until their deaths.  In 1911 she was running a Lodging House from 19 Jesus Lane and died there in 1924 aged 68 years old.

Edith Maria Bright (1858 – 22 April 1906)

Edith was Emily’s younger sister and also lived at home with her parents.  She died at Jesus Lane aged 47 years old.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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John William Blackwell; William John Blackwell; Edith Maria Bright; Emily Martha Bright; Mary Bright; Sidney William Bright; William Bright; William Richard Bright