CFHS code : AS146

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : SARAH the beloved wife of [RICHARD CROOK] b [June 20 1837] d April [26] 18[90] also of RICHARD CROOK b July 29 1830 d March 30 1896 also of FREDERICK WILLIAM CROOK son of the above d October 13 1912 aged 50

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Sarah Crook (née Henry) (20 June 1837 – 26 April 1890)

Sarah was the daughter of William and Harriet (née Collins) and was baptised at St. Clements Church on 5 July 1840.  William was a shoe/bootmaker and she grew up at Thompsons Lane (1841) and Bridge Street (1851).  Later William ran a coffee house on Peas Hill. Sarah became a schoolmistress and married fellow school teacher Richard Crook on 16 December 1860 at St. Mary Le Strand Church in Westminster. In 1861 the couple were jointly running a school in Blackley, just north of Manchester and were living at the School House with Sarah’s widowed mother.  They had returned to Cambridge by at least 1868 to live at 21 Malcolm Street.  The couple had at least three children:  Frederick William (1862-1912), Florence Louisa (1868-1943) and Frank Henry (1876-1943).

Richard worked as a clerk/accountant from at least 1871 onwards – he worked at the University where he was clerk to the local examinations and lectures syndicate.  The couple also took in university lodgers at Malcolm Street and Sarah died at home aged 52 years old.

Richard Crook (29 July 1830 – 30 March 1896)

Richard was born in Cuxham, near Watlington in Oxfordshire and was the son of Richard and Mary.  His father was a timber merchant and aged 20 Richard was working as an apprentice wheelwright, although by the time he married in 1860 he was a school master.  Richard was a sidesman at All Saints’ Church and in April 1890 was elected parish warden.  He died at Malcolm Street aged 65 years old.

Frederick William Crook  (7 December 1861 – 13 October  1912)

Frederick was born in Blackley, Manchester and was baptised on 30 January 1862.  He went to the Perse School and then up to St. John’s College in 1881. He was awarded a B.A. in 1884 and an M.A in 1888.  He worked as a clerk in the Oxford and Cambridge Examinations board and lived at home with his parents and afterwards lodged at 6 Regent Terrace. He died at Regent Terrace aged 50 years old.


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