CFHS code : AG370

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Memory of LILY second daughter of HENRY WESTWOOD and AGNES BROOM of Cambridge d 19 Aug 1921 aged 44 In Loving Memory of AGNES SOPHIA widow of the late HENRY WESTWOOD BROOM d 14 Feb 1933 in her 81st year

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202929, 0.13663784 – click here for location

Broom monument damage April 2016
Broom monument April 2016


The stone cross, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, has fallen from the plinth.


Lily Agnes Broom (1877 – 19 August 1921)

Lily was the second daughter of Henry (known as Harry) and Agnes Broom.  She did not marry and lived at home with her parents, and then her mother. In 1911 she was working as a shop assistant in a cafe, and later worked as a manager of a confectioner’s shop.  She died at home aged 44 years old of chronic tuberculosis.

Agnes Sophia Broom (née Palmer) (1852 – 14 February 1933)

Agnes was the daughter of William and Sarah Palmer and grew up at 130 East Road.  Her father worked as an iron moulder and by the age of 18 Agnes was working asa draper’s assistant. She married Henry Westwood Broom on Christmas Day 1872 at the Zion Chapel  in Cambridge.  Harry and Agnes had seven children: Eva Alice (1874-), Lily Agnes, Harry Richard (1880-1882), Bertie Bulman (1883-1948), Beatrice Elizabeth Martha (1885-1957), Effie Laura (1888-1964) and one further child who died as an infant.

Harry Broom worked as a tailor and the family lived at Newnham Croft (1881) and then at Mawson Road.  Harry died on 6 March 1889 at home and his death was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press which announced that he had died peacefully  ‘his illness was brief, but as he wassuffering from Bright’s disease (chronic kidney failure) it was known for some days that he could not live.Mr Broom was 39 years of age, and was well known inrecent years for his active efforts in preaching and teaching singing in the villages. He was engaged a short time ago in assisting with the registration of the Easters Division of Cambridgeshire.He leaves a widow and five children’. Agnes was a widow aged 37 years old.

In 1901 she was living at 6 All Saint’s Passage with her mother Sarah Palmer and four of her daughters.  She later moved to live at 76 Walnut Tree Avenue (1911) and then 13 Emmanuel Road (at least 1920) onwards. Agnes died aged 80 years old.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Agnes Sophia Broom; Lily Agnes Broom