CFHS code : AS310

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of SARAH [ELIZABETH] wife of RICHARD EDMUNDS d Feb 28 1890 age 54 also In Memory of RICHARD EDMUNDS d July 28 1904 age 62

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Edmunds headstone 2017



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In Affectionate Remembrance of SARAH [ELIZABETH]
wife of RICHARD EDMUNDS who died Feb 28 1890 age 54

Also In Memory of RICHARD EDMUNDS died July 28 1904 age 62

Sarah Elizabeth Edmunds (née Presants) (1836 – 28 February 1890)

Sarah was born in Norwich, and was the daughter of butcher Philip Presants.  She married Richard Edmunds on 25 January 1863 at St Thomas’s Church in Stepney, London.  In 1871/1881 the couple were living at 8 Jesus Terrace, and both were working as college servants. Sarah died aged 54 years old at their home at ‘The Chestnuts’, Milton.

Richard Edmunds (1841 – 28 July 1904)

Richard was the son of college servant William Edmunds and his wife Sarah.  He was baptised at St. Clement’s Church on 21 November 1841.  Richard was raised at 3 Clement Place, and married when he was c.21 years old.

After being widowed he continued to live at The Chestnuts, and was living there with his sister Frances and niece in 1901, and was noted on the census as being an employer.  He appears to have run a nursery business from the Chestnuts and in January 1903 took over a business run by Mr Thomas Elsdon. Richard auctioned off 5,000 fruit trees as a result.  The sale at the Corn Exchange took place on 17 February and consisted of 1,270 apple trees, 470 pear trees, 1,000 plum trees, 149 cherry trees and 65 apricot/peach and nectarine trees amongst others. Richard died aged 62 years old at Milton.

After his death his property was auctioned  and consisted of a house, 3 acres of land with a further 9 acres of nursery growing land.  The house was described as  ‘a well-built and attractive modern residence.. known as The Chestnuts containing many handsome and lofty rooms’.  The grounds consisted of fourteen glasshouses comprising of ‘conservatories, vineries, tomato and forcing houses, mostly of recent erection with all modern appliances’.



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