CFHS code : PL466
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : In Memory of PHILIP CORNWELL who was killed by an accident on the railway Feb 20 1860 aged 22 also MARY ANN CORNWELL d April 6 1885 aged 35 and WILLIAM CORNWELL his brother d Sep 7 1851 aged 21 also PHILIP CORNWELL their father d Sep 25 1853 aged 45 also ANN widow of PHILIP CORNWELL d March 4 1873 aged 64 reverse In Memory of SARAH WINKWORTH d Nov 15 1923 aged 80
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202408, 0.13659822 – click here for location
This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, although leaning to the left, is intact. The inscription is very clear and shows signs of restoration.
‘In Memory of Philip Cornwell
who was killed by an accident on the railway Feb 20 1860 aged 22 years.
Also Mary Ann Cornwell died April 6 1885 aged 35 years.
And William Cornwell his brother died Sep 7. 1851. aged 21 years.
Also Philip Cornwell their father died Sep 25 1853 aged 45 years.
Also Ann widow of Philip Cornwell died March 4 1873 aged 64 years.’
‘In Memory of Sarah Winkworth d Nov 15 1923 aged 80’
Relationship: Mother, father, two sons and two daughters
Philip Cornwell (1838 – 20 February 1860)
Philip was the second son of Philip and Ann Cornwell and was baptised on at St. Paul’s Church on 31 May 1840. He grew up at Coronation Street and later worked as a fireman on the railway. He was killed in what newspapers called a’ fearful and fatal accident on the Eastern counties railway’. The train he had been working on left Cambridge at 7 o’clock and ‘owing to the number of millers and other persons who travel from the Eastern counties to attend the metropolitan corn and cattle markets on Monday was well filled’.
The train was just outside Tottenham station at c.9.20am travelling at between 35 and 40 mph when it began to ‘oscillate in a perculiar manner and almost immediately a loud craash was heard, followed by shrieks and groans’. The engine, tender and some of the carriages were piled on top of each other and the steam from the engine enveloped everything in a thick mist making it impossible to see. Philip was declared dead at the scene, whilst the driver George Rowell was rescued but died soon afterwards. Two other men died in the accident and many more were injured.
Philip was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 26 February and the Cambridge Independent Press reported that ‘a large concourse of persons, including several of the Company’s (Eastern Counties Railway) servants and the deceased’s relatives’ were present. The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported upwards of one hundred railway workers attended the service due to it being held on a Sunday. Eastern Counties Railway paid for a reception at the ‘Rose and Crown, New Town’ after the ceremony and newspapers reported that the deceased ‘resided in New Town and was generally respected’.
George Rowell was also buried at Mill Road, but his grave has not yet been found. He left a widow and four children and Philip Cornwell was said to have left ‘a mother and certain members of his family who were dependent on him for support’. A subscription (collection) for both men was set up with the Vice Chancellor and Mayor being the first to donate to the fund.
Mary Ann Cornwell (c.1849 – 6 April 1885)
Mary was baptised on 5 May 1850 at St. Paul’s Church and worked as a dressmaker. Aged 22 she was living at Coronation Street with her widowed mother and working as a dressmaker along side her sister Sarah. In 1881 she was living at 51 Coronation Street with just her niece Grace and died aged 35 years old.
William Cornwell (c.1830 – 7 September 1851)
William was the eldest son of Philip and Ann and was baptised on 18 December 1831 at St. Andrew the Great Church. He worked as a labourer and died aged 21 years old.
Philip Cornwell (c.1808 – 25 September 1853)
Philip was born in the parish of St. Benet’s and was the son of William and Sarah (née Wallis). He married Ann Bruce on 3 June 1830 at St. Mary the Less Church and they had at least ten children: William, Eliza (1832-1915) Ann (1835-1837), Emma (1837-1882), Philip, Ann (1840-1911), Harriot (1841-1923), Sarah (1844-1923), George (1845-), Mary Ann and Susan (1850-1851). The family lived at Regent Street (1841) and then Coronation Street (at least 1851 onwards) and Philip worked as a labourer.
Ann Cornwell (née Bruce) (c.1809 – 4 March 1873)
Ann was born in Trumpington and worked as a charwoman. She was documented as being a former charwoman in 1871 and was living with daughters Mary Ann and Sarah.
Sarah Winkworth (née Cornwell) (1843 – 15 November 1923)
Sarah worked as a dressmaker before marrying Thomas James Winkworth (1839-1928) in 1874. Thomas was a plasterer and they had six children: Edwin Walter (1875-1950), Thomas Leonard (1877-1949), George James (1879-), Wallace William (1881-1942), Grace Emma (1883-) and Harry (1886-). The family lived at 21 Queen’s Street and then at 27 Union Lane (at least 1891 onwards). Sarah died aged 80 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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