CFHS code : HT91

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH MARIA BRINKLEY b September 1 1844 d February 22 1905 also FREDERICK beloved husband of KATE BRINKLEY d July 15 1936 aged 66 also KATE ELIZABETH BRINKLEY beloved wife of FREDERICK d October 6th 1957 aged 87

Monument : Rectangular block/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Brinkley monument November 2018


The square block is intact but only one inscription was inspected and this was missing several metal letters.  Located in the second row south of the path in the south east corner.

west face

In Loving Memory of SARAH MARIA BRINKLEY born September 1 1844 died February 22 1905

“Asleep in Jesus”

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Also FREDERICK beloved husband of KATE BRINKLEY d July 15 1936 aged 66

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Also KATE ELIZABETH BRINKLEY beloved wife of FREDERICK d October 6th 1957 aged 87

From parish burial records it is known that James Brinkley was also buried in the Holy Trinity area of Mill Road Cemetery and is believed to have been buried in the same grave.

Relationship: Mother, father, son and daughter in law

Sarah Maria Brinkley (née Godfrey) (1 September 1844 – 22 February 1905)

Sarah was born in Halesworth, Suffolk and married James Brinkley in 1866.  They had at least two sons: Robert James Godfrey (1867-) who was born in Higham,  Suffolk and Frederick Thrower (1869-1936) who was born in Snape, near Aldeburgh.  By 1881 the family were living at Catharine Street and James was working as a coal office clerk. The couple later moved to live at 12 Market Passage (1901) where Sarah died aged 60 years old.

James Brinkley  (1844 – February 1911)

James was born in Hacheston, Suffolk (a village between Wickham Market and Framlingham)  and baptised there on 24 November 1844. He was the son of agricultural labourer Robert and Jane Brinkley and married Sarah when he was c.21 years old. He worked as a clerk (1881) but by 1901 was described as an accountant. He appears to have worked as a house letting agent, as several adverts were placed in local newspapers with instructions to apply to ‘Mr James Brinkley, accountant, 12 Market-pasage, Cambridge’ and also collected rents on behalf of landlords.  He was also employed in bankruptcy proceedings and was sent to make inventories and document effects. James died at the Workhouse  aged 66 years old and was buried on 24 February 1911.

Frederick Thrower Brinkley (1869 – 15 July 1936)

Frederick was the youngest son of James and Sarah Brinkley and married Kate Bowers in 1893.  They had one daughter: Mabel (1894-1970) and lived at 16 Bentinck Street (1901), 59 Russell Street (1911) and 76 Norwich Street (at least 1917 onwards) . Frederick worked as an ironmonger’s clerk and was also a special constable. He died at home aged 66 years old.

Kate Elizabeth Brinkley (née Bowers) (28 September 1870 – 6 October 1957)

Kate was the younger daughter of John (1843-1893) and Alice (née Hammond) (1843-1919). John worked as a railway shunter and she grew up at Caroline Court (1871), 33 Coronation Street (1881) and 48 Russell Street (1891). Before marrying Frederick Brinkley she worked as a dressmaker. In 1939 she was living with daughter Mabel at 76 Norwich Street and died in Cambridge aged 87 years old.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Frederick Brinkley; James Brinkley; Kate Elizabeth Brinkley; Sarah Maria Brinkley