CFHS code : HT98

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : SARAH CHARTER d September 11th 1938 aged 81

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Sarah Charter (née Lovell) (1857 – 11 September 1938)

Sarah was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and was the daughter of groom Henry Lovell and his wife Mary (née Barwick). In 1881 she was living in Baldock with her aunt  Sarah Lovell and was working as a dressmaker. She married widower Charles Charter (1839-1905) on 20 April 1892 in Baldock. Charles’ first wife Frances had died  the previous year and he was a tabacconist, surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances for the Urban District  Council.  The couple had two children: Percy William (1893-1961) and Eva Annie Ellen (1897-1978).

Charles died suddenly on 1 August 1905 aged 66 years old. He had been at work all day and had returned home at 7.30pm – ‘it seems that he had complained of a pain at the chest all day, which he attributed to indigestion, and which he said would work off, but it did not. On arrival home he said he would not have any supper but would have a cup of cocoa presently and go to bed’.  He died soon after and was deemed to have been due to a ‘heart syncope’/heart attack. The Royston Crow reported ‘the deceased had been twice married and leaves two children, a boy and girl, both the issue of the second marriage. The shock has naturally very much upset the widow, for whom, and the children, the greatest sympathy is felt’.

In 1911 Sarah was still living at Whitehorse Street, Baldock with her children, but moved to live at 3 Emery Street Cambridge by at least 1914.  She died at Emery Street aged 81 years old and her funeral took place on 14 September 1938.



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Sarah Charter