CFHS code : MG65

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of DAVID CROWN d Sept 3 1930 age 73 also his beloved wife SARAH ANN CROWN d Nov 19 1940 age 84

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202242, 0.13780494 – click here for location

Crown grave
Crown monument



David Crown (1857 – 3 September 1930)

David was the son of James and Margaret (née Wagg) and was born in Hunstanton.  He was baptised on 14 March 1858 and grew up on Sea Lane in Hunstanton where his father worked as an agricultural labourer. Aged 13 David was working as an ‘agricultural boy’ and was still living at home.  He moved to Cambridge to work as a bricklayer and married Sarah Harradine in 1879.  They had eight children: Jane (1880-), Rose (1884-1971), Lily (1886-1968), Grace (1888-1968), Amelia (1890-1968), James John (1893-1970), David Reginald (1895-1980) and one more child who died as an infant.

The family lived at 44 York Street (1881), Catharine Street (1891) and then 42 Warkworth Street (at least 1901 onwards). By 1901 he was documented as being a builder, and employed others in his business.He is known to have built houses in and around the Mill Road area – two cottages in Hemingford Road (1892) and two houses in Sedgwick Street (1893).

David was a member of the Primative Methodist local Preachers’ Beneft Society. In 1889 delivered an address at the Mill Road Mission Hall. He was also a member of the Co-operative Society, and represented the Cambridge society at the 1895 Co-operative Congress. He represented Abbey Ward on the local town council as a Co-operative member.

He was a prominent member of the passive resistance movement and was opposed to the 1902 Education Act (otherwise known as the Balfour Act).  In this act funding for schools was moved to a more uniform basis.   Previously some schools were run by local school boards, and some were run by churches (either Church of England or Catholic).  The 1902 Act established local education authorities (LEAs) who were in charge of paying school teachers and ensuring they were sufficiently qualified.  They paid the teachers in church schools, with churches providing and maintaining the school buildings and providing religious instruction.  Members of the Baptist and Methodist Churches ran a campaign of passive resistance for many years after the introduction of the Act, whereby they withheld the educational element from their taxes. They objected to their taxes being used to educate children in a religion different to their own, and were also unhappy at loosing previous involvement on the now abolished school boards. David appeared in court in 1903 and 1905 for non-payment of  tax.

David died in Brading Isle of Wight aged 73 years old.  His brother in law Rev. John Henry Harradine (1846-1935) lived there, so he was perhaps visiting relatives when he died.

Sarah Ann Crown  (née Harradine) (10 August 1856 – 19 November 1940)

Sarah was the daughter of Henry and Harriet (née Reeves),  sister of Jim and William and was baptised on 26 October 1856 . Her father was a house painter and she grew up at 24 Gloucester Place before marrying aged 18 years old. After she was widowed she went to live at 5 Clarendon Street with daughter Grace and next door to son James, who had taken over the family building company. Sarah died at Clarendon Street aged 84 years old.



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David Crown; Sarah Ann Crown