CFHS code : AG499

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALFRED ARTHUR COTEMAN d 3 Dec 1912 aged 26 ALFRED COTEMAN d 15 Feb 1931 aged 78 LOUISA COTEMAN d 10 Jan 1929 aged 78 LOUISA MARTHA COTEMAN d 26 Apr 1947 aged 68 MABEL EDITH COTEMAN d 23 Oct 1924 aged 40

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Coteman kerb stones May 2017


The kerb stones and corner posts of this monument are intact. Much of the inscription is covered by grass but appears to be undamaged. There is a tree growing by the north kerb.


“In Loving Memory of”

‘ALFRED ARTHUR COTEMAN died 3 Dec 1912 aged 26 years.

ALFRED COTEMAN died 15 Feb 1931 aged 78 years.

LOUISA COTEMAN died 10 Jan 1929 aged 78 years.

LOUISA MARTHA COTEMAN died April 26th 1947 aged 68 years.

MABEL EDITH COTEMAN died 23 Oct 1924 aged 40 years’

Alfred Arthur Coteman (1887 – 3 December  1912)

Alfred was the son of Alfred and Louisa Coteman and grew up at 10 Fair Street. In May 1902 The Cambridge Daily News reported ‘in the recent examinations for the Postal and Telegraph Service, Mr. Alfred A. Coteman of Fair Street, Cambridge was one of the successful competitors and gained the certificate of  H.M. Civil Service Commissioners. His private tutor was  Mr. J.A. Catchpole of the Auckland School, who thus adds anoterh to the many successes of his pupils in the Civil Service and other competitive examinations’.

Alfred Coteman (1852 – 15 February 1931)

Alfred was born in Grantchester and married Louisa Lucas in 1878. They had five children, three of whom are buried in the same grave as their parents: Louisa Martha, Ernest (1885-1961), Mabel Edith, Alfred Arthur and one further child who died as an infant. Alfred was a dairyman/milkman and the family lived at 33 Fitzroy Street (1881) and then 10 Fair Stret (at least 1891 onwards). In 1911 he was recorded as being both a cab proprietor and dairyman.

In October 1901 Alfred was fined 1s for not ‘not having his name upon a cart of which he was the owner’. In May 1918 he was summonsed to court ‘for selling milk adulterated with 17 per cent of added water’.  Ernest Richardson, the local food inspector had visited Alfred’s dairy at Maid’s Causeway and bought a pint of milk which he then sent for analysis. Alfred pleaded not guilty and said he had run his own dairy for over 40 years. There were lots of witnesses for the defence, but the Mayor said he was bound to convict and Alfred was fined £1. Many milkmen were also charged with the same offence, including James MastersRobert Dearsley, Frederick Holmes  and William Summerfield.

Alfred died at 24 Maid’s Causeway in 1931.

Louisa Coteman (née Lucas) (1849 – 10 January 1929)

Louisa was born in Over, a village ten miles north of Cambridge and was the daughter of Charles and Hannah. She grew up at Fen End Street, Over where Charles was a carpenter. In 1871 Louisa was living in Bromley, Kent and working as a children’s nurse for the May family. Louisa died at Maid’s Causeway in 1929.  She ‘lost’ some years after marrying her husband, and is believed to have been 80 years old when she died, although 78 years is recorded on the grave monument and the registration of death.

Louisa Martha  Coteman (1879 – 26 April 1947)

Louisa trained as an elementary teacher and was headmistress of Park Street Elementary School from at least 1913. In January 1917 she organised a party for 50 soldiers from Addenbrook’s Hospital which was held at the school. ‘The mens were conveyed to and from the school in carriages from the Bull Garage. An attractive programme had been arranged for them, consisting of action songs and dances, the chilf favourites being ‘Caller Herrin’, a hunting song, ambulance maids and the ever popular Mrs. Jarley’s Waxworks. The men were full of praise for the smartness and precision with which the dances were executed, and the young performers received a very hearty votes of thanks. After the entertainment an excellent tea was provided, some of the cakes etc. having been made by the girls themselves’.

Louisa lived with her parents at Fair Street and then 24 Maid’s Causeway (until at least 1934). She had moved to 58 Hartington Grove by 1937 and died at home aged 68 years old.

Mabel Edith (May)  Coteman (1884 – 23 October 1924)

Aged 16 May was working as an ‘art needleworker’ (1901) but was not listed as working when the 1991 census was taken. 



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Alfred Coteman; Alfred Arthur Coteman; Louisa Coteman; Louisa Martha Coteman; Mabel Edith Coteman
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