CFHS code : PL197

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : SARAH MAUD the beloved wife of J COTTRELL d 23 April 1875 aged 34

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


The headstone is intact but the inscription is badly eroded.
Photo September 2016


The headstone has been restored but the inscription is badly eroded.  It is located two rows north of the south path close to the notice board, in the parish area of St Paul.


‘Sarah Maud the beloved wife of J Cottrell died 23 April 1875 aged 34

Sarah Maud Cottrell [nee Skeet] (c.1841 – 23 April 1875)

Sarah was the daughter of Edgar and Elizabeth Skeet, she was born in Baddington in Suffolk.  Her father was a railway station clerk, and she grew up at the Railway Station House at Great Fransham in Norfolk.  She married Joel Cottrell in Great Fransham on 21st July 1864, when she was 23 years old.

Joel worked for the Great Eastern Railway as an auditor, and the family moved to Cambridge where their three children were born: Francis Skeet [1868-1948], Gertrude Maude [1871-] and Alfred Edgar [1874-1945]. Sarah died aged 34 years old, leaving Joel with three young children aged 7, 4 and 1 years old.

Joel Cottrell moved to Tottenham with the children after his wife’s death.  He died there in August 1913 aged 87 years old. Both his sons followed him to become Railway clerks.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Sarah Maud Cottrell