CFHS code : PL56

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of My dear husband WILLIAM CAUNT d Dec 11 1914 age 71 also SOPHIA CAUNT wife of the above d Jan 24 1927 age 81 also of SARAH FROST sister of the above d Nov 14 1927 age 84

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Caunt (1843 – 11 December 1914)

William was the son of farmer Edward  Caunt and Anne and was born in Rippingale, a small village five miles north of Bourne, Lincolnshire. By 1871 he was lodging at 1 Paradise Street, Cambridge and working as a police constable and in 1881 was lodging at 23 Prospect Row. He married Sophia Frost at All Saints’ Church, Walworth on 26 April 1886 and the couple lived at 11 Union Terrace (later known as Mawson Road). By 1901 William had retired and he died at home aged 71 years old. The funeral took place at St. Barnabas’ Church on 15 December with many police officers attending. The bearers were six serving police officers.

Sophia Caunt  (née Frost) (10 August 1845 – 24 January 1927)

Sophia was the daughter of Ambrose and Sarah (née Cornwell) and was baptised in Exning on 23 December 1845.  She grew up at the Swan Inn, Exning where her father was an innkeeper/shoemaker. After William’s death she continued to live at 11 Mawson Road and died aged 81 years old.

Sarah Frost (1843 – 14 November 1927)

Sarah was Sophia Caunt’s older sister and was baptised in Exning on 26 April 1843. In 1871 she was 28 years old and was living at the Swan Inn with her widowed mother and was documented as having no occupation. By 1891 she was living at 27 John Street and was housekeeper for  her widowed brother in law James  Cracknell Pettitt (1839-1923) and nephews Ernest William Pettitt (1866-1943) and Sidney Ambrose Pettitt (1880-1965).  James worked as a carpenter and they lived at 27 John Street until his death in 1923.  Sarah Frost died at John Street aged 84 years old.



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