CFHS code : HT309

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM T CRACKNELL d Aug 18 1906 In Loving Memory of HELEN MAUD CRACKNELL d MAY 2 1943 In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH JANE BROOKS their daughter d March 8 1929 In Loving Memory of SARAH the beloved wife of W T CRACKNELL d Dec 7 1916

Monument : Celtic cross (fallen)/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cracknell monument Photo 2014
Cracknell and Brooks monument 2014

Monument

This set of broken kerbstones, with a broken Celtic cross within, lie roughly 8 rows east of the central path and 3 monuments north of the south path in the parish of Holy Trinity. The inscriptions are very eroded.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of WILLIAM T CRACKNELL died Aug 18 1906

In Loving Memory of HELEN MAUD CRACKNELL died MAY 2 1943

In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH JANE BROOKS their daughter died March 8 1929

In Loving Memory of SARAH the beloved wife of W T CRACKNELL died Dec 7 1916

William Thomas Cracknell (3 March 1838 – 18 August 1906)

William was baptised on 25 March 1838 at St. Clement’s Church and was the son of James and Jane. He grew up on King Street and his father worked as a labourer. William married Sarah Hard on 6 March 1866 in Brighton and they had twelve children: Elizabeth Jane (1867-1929), William Clements (1868-1871), James Wooton (1870-1903), Thomas Henry (1871-1946), Frank Knight (1873-1942), Helen Maud (1875-1943), Ernest William (1877-1940), Constance Edith (1880-1959), Mabel Rachel Holcomb (1885-1920), Bertha Sarah Ethel (1887-1888), William James  Blake (1892-1973) and one further child who died as infants.

William worked as a gyp at St. John’s College and the family lived at  3 Castle Street (1871). They later moved to  25 Victoria Road (at least 1881 onwards) and William worked as a commercial clerk.  In 1901 he was recorded as being a painter’s clerk and died at home aged 68 years old.

Ellen (Helen) Maud Cracknell (6 June 1875 – 2 May 1943)

Helen was baptised Ellen Maud on 5 September 1875 and worked as a dressmaker. She lived at 25 Victoria Road and then 18 St. John’s Road with her parents. In 1939 she was living at 18 St John’s Road with her sister Constance and died there aged 67 years old.

Elizabeth Jane Brooks (née Cracknell)  (1867 – 8 March 1929)

Elizabeth was the eldest child of William and Sarah Cracknell. By the age of 24 (1891) she was working as a school mistress and living with her parents at 25 Victoria Road. By 1901 she was the schoolmistress of the village school in Church Knowle, six miles west of Swanage in Dorset. She married James Brooks in Church Knowle on 22 December 1904 and they had one son: Bernard James (1907-1975) who was born in Cambridge. It is not known when James died, but by 1911 Elizabeth was a widow and living at the School House, Somerford Keynes in Gloucestershire with her three year old son. By at least 1928 she had returned to Cambridge and lived at 9 St. John’s Street where she died aged 62 years old.

Sarah Cracknell (née Hard) (1843 – 7 December 1916)

Sarah was the daughter of John and was born in St. Ives, just south of Huntingdon. She grew up on Newmarket Road with her uncle and aunt, William and Elizabeth Gates (1851) and aged  18 was living at 24 Burleigh Street and working as a college servant (1861). After she was widowed she ran a Lodging House from 18 St. John’s Road and died at home aged 73 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Jane Brooks; Helen Maud Cracknell; Sarah Cracknell; William Thomas Cracknell