CFHS code : ED74

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Loving Memory of My dear husband HENRY ALFRED CHAPMAN d Oct 12 1940 aged 72 also of EMMA JANE dear wife of the above d June 7 1948 aged 80 also of MAUD daughter of the above d Sep 18 1947 aged 59

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203217, 0.13707611 – click here for location

Chapman monument 2017
Chapman inscription


This fallen headstone with kerbstones and scrolled foot stone is in the parish area of St Edwards, 12 rows east of the west path, 16 rows west from the central path and roughly in the centre of the parish. Although the kerbstone on the south side is below ground and the impressive, but presumably too heavy foot stone, is partially buried the inscription of metal letters on the headstone is still in good condition and fully legible.


In Loving Memory of My dear husband HENRY ALFRED CHAPMAN who fell asleep Oct. 12, 1940 aged 72 years
“At Rest.”

Also of EMMA JANE dear wife of the above died June 7 1948, aged 80 years

Also of MAUD daughter of the above who passed on Sep. 18, 1947, aged 59 years
“Peacefully Sleeping”

Henry Alfred Chapman (11 June 1868 – 12 October  1940)

Henry was the son of Henry and Caroline Chapman and was baptsied at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on 30 July 1868. His father was a  house painter/decorator and he grew up at 12 Norfolk Buildings. His mother died in 1874 and Henry and his father then went to live with his paternal grandparents William and Hannah Chapman at 38 Staffordshire Street (1881). He married Emma Jane c.1887 and they had one daughter: Maud. Henry worked as a painter/decorator and the family lived at 66 Gwydir Street (1891) and Moxon House, Hemingford Road (1901/1911). The family had moved to live at 163 Mill Road by at least 1938. In September 1939 Henry Chapman was a patient at the Union Lane Infirmary (formerly the Chesterton Workhouse) and Emma and Maud were living alone at 163 Mill Road.  Henry died at the Infirmary the following year.

It appears from the grave register that only Henry is buried here and that Emma and Maud are only commemorated on this stone but buried in a separate grave further to the east  ED58. This could be a sextons error.

Emma Jane Chapman (née Edwards) (22 January 1868 – 7 June 1948) 

Emma was born in Stratford, London and was the daughter of  Thomas John Edwards, a spring maker. She died at 163 Mill Road aged 80 years old.

Maud Chapman (22 February 1888 – 1947)

Maud was the only daughter of Emma and Henry Chapman. In 1911 she was working as a draper’s assistant and in 1939 was documented as being a ‘shop manageress for blind workers’. She died at 163 Mill Road aged 59.



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Emma Jane Chapman; Henry Alfred Chapman; Maud Chapman