CFHS code : AG350
Parish : St Andrew the Great
Inscription : In Memory of THOMAS son of DAVID & MARY ANN BRADWELL died at Bournemouth 29.9.1877 in his 75th year and ELIZA his wife b Jan 4 1813 d May 29 1883 also a son & daughters of the above FREDERICK THOMAS died at Springfield Essex 13.4.1844 aged 2 years 7 months EMILY d 4.12.1861 in the 16th year of her life ALICE d 2 March 1921 in her 73rd year In Loving Memory of DAVID BRADWELL d 1.11.1859 aged 84 & MARY ANN his wife d 7.5.1867 aged 84 also 3 sons of the above WILLIAM b Sept 16 1807 d 11.12.1850 DAVID d 4.12.1857 in the 54th year of his age GEORGE d 18.9.1865 aged 55
Monument : Cruciform Coped stone/Kerb stones
Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202719, 0.13630581 – click here for location
Thomas Bradwell (1804 – 29 September 1877)
Thomas was baptised at St. Andrew the Great Church on 27 December 1804 and was the son of builder David Bradwell and Mary Ann (née Bate). In June 1832 he went into partnership with his father, and the business was known as D. Bradwell and Son. He was described as an architect and builder when he married Eliza Griggs in Springfield, near Chelmsford in Essex on 7 September 1840. The couple had three children, all of whom are buried in the same grave: Frederick, Emily and Alice and lived at 67 St Andrew’s Street. In 1861 he was employing 34 people in his building business, and behind the family home lay Bradwell’s Court. He worked on many building projects including the 1850 improvements to Trinity College, when the roof of the library was renewed and a granite pathway was laid in the Great Court.
Thomas was a Town Councillor, representing the St. Andrew’s Ward, an Alderman and Corporate Paving Commissioner for the town (1865). He was a director of the Cambridge University and Town Waterworks Company, member of the Benefit Lane and Building Society, and later chairman of the Cambridgeshire Permanent Benefit Building Society. At a meeting of the Philo-Union Society at the Hoop Hotel in February 1866, Thomas spoke to say ‘he could recollect a time when Cambridge was not in so healthy a condition as it is now; he would not go into causes. A good deal arose from the increase in the University and from the new statutes. He spoke of the extensive works going on in the Town, and the various institutions, both large and small which were going on so prosperously. There was also a great deal of sympathy of one man towards another; and in reference to this he pointed to the existence of the Albert and Victoria Asylums as monuments of this sympathy’. He also served as a church warden of St. Andrew the Great.
Thomas died suddenly in Bournemouth, after four days of illness and it was said that ‘the loss of Mr. Bradwell would be much felt…in many of the public and private societies of the town’. On 7 October a service of remembrance was held at St. Andrew the Great Church, which was attended by the Mayor and most member of the Town Council. The National Anthem was played as the procession entered the church and Rev. John Martin asked the congregation to ‘pay a last tribute of esteem to one of those excellent men of whom it might be said Cambridge never produced one more worthy of their lasting affection and regard’. He said that Thomas ‘was a man of honesty and integrity, uncorrupt, brave and sincere, a man who would say what he thought, whose judgement was fully and clearly expressed…he was always glad to help those in need, and it was not the tears of one widow alone that followed him to the grave. A more faithful Christian and friend never lived, and he was so because he walked with God’.
Eliza Bradwell (née Griggs) (4 January 1813 – 29 May 1883)
Eliza was born in London, the daughter of James Griggs, but grew up in Springfield, Chelmsford. After Thomas’ death she lived at 2 Camden Place, Regent Street with her daughter Alice (1881) and died aged 70 years old.
Frederick Thomas Bradwell (7 September 1841 – 13 April 1844)
Frederick was the only son of Thomas and Eliza and was baptised on 8 October 1841 at St. Andrew the Great. He died at Springfield Cottage, Springfield and was buried in Cambridge on 18 April.
Emily Bradwell (1846 – 4 December 1861)
Emily was baptised at St. Andrew the Great on 7 June 1846 and died aged 15 years old.
Alice Bradwell (1848 – 2 March 1921)
Alice was baptised on 6 August 1848 and lived with her parents until their deaths. She continued to live at Camden Place and in 1891 was living there with a cook and housemaid, described on the census as ‘living on her own means’. Alice died at home and left an estate valued at £19,645, 11s and 5d (c.£950,000 at 2020 values).
David Bradwell (11 February 1766 – 1 November 1859)
David was the son of bricklayer David and Ann Bradwell and was baptised on 10 March 1776 at St. Mary the Great Church. He married Mary Ann Bate on 16 January 1804 at Dry Drayton and had at least four sons, all of whom are buried/ commorated in the same grave: David, Thomas, William and George. He was a builder, and lived at 12 Trumpington Street. By 1851 David had retired from business and died at 56 Regent Street aged 83 years old. He died on 1 November according to newspaper reports of the time, but the grave monument gives the date of 2 November, and his age as 84 years.
Mary Ann Bradwell (née Bate) (28 September 1783 – 5 May 1867)
Mary was the daughter of Henry and Phoebe and was born in London. She was baptised at St. Mary Le Strand Church on 26 October and married David Bradwell when she was 20 years old. Mary died at Regent Street aged 83 years old.
William Bradwell (16 September 1807 – 11 December 1850)
William was baptised on 23 October 1807 at St Andrew the Great Church and died at his father’s house, Trumpington Street aged 43 years old.
David Bradwell (1804 – 14 December 1858)
David was baptised on 27 December 1804 at St. Andrew the Great, and is thought to have been Thomas Bradwell’s twin. In 1851 he was living with his parents at 12 Trumpington Street. Death records show he was buried on 19 December 1858, and the inscription on the grave monument is thought to be incorrect.
George Bradwell (1810 – 18 September 1865)
George was baptised on 26 October 1810 and never married. He also worked as a builder and in 1851 was living with his brother Thomas at 67 St. Andrew’s Street. He was seems to have been extensively involved with the surveying and building of council buildings and was sometimes also described as an architect. In May 1846 he did an extensive survey of the condition of the Town Hall and in 1851 worked on the ‘erection of a new staircase at the Guildhall’. By 1861 he was living with his mother at Regent Street, and was documented as being a carpenter and builder. He later moved to Abington, just east of Northampton, where he died aged 55 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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