CFHS code : BO41a

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : MATILDA LUCY FENN beloved wife of JOHN FENN d Feb [10] 1951 other side overgrown

Monument : Stone cross

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202840, 0.13757021 – click here for location

The cross after restoration. Photo by Stuart Ron
East face


This attractive cross was repaired in 2016 but damaged again in 2018 . It is located next to the large yew tree in the centre circle which forms part of St Botolph’s parish. CFHS were unable to find the complete inscription in 2000 as it was under a branch of the tree.

Inscriptions click to enlarge

east face
In Loving memory of ANNIE ELLEN
Only daughter of Alfred and Amelia Brown.
Died Aug [1] 1896 aged 23 years

north face
JOHN FENN Died Jan. 9. 1941 aged 86 years

North face

south face
MATILDA LUCY FENN beloved wife of JOHN FENN Died Feb [10] 1951

South face

Relationships: Uncle, aunt and niece

Annie Ellen Brown (c.1873 – August 1896)

Annie was born in Islington, London and was the daughter of Albert and (Ann) Amelia (née Fenn) Brown, niece of John Fenn.  Her father died when she was young and in 1891 she was living with her mother at 5 Argyle Street where Amelia was a dressmaker and Annie was working as a milliner.  Annie died aged 23 years old at 168 Mill Road.

John Fenn (16 October 1854 – 9 January 1941)

John was born in Mildenhall and was the son of Robert and Mary Fenn. Robert was a bricklayer and the family lived on Cemetery Road in  Mildenhall until at least 1861, but then moved to live at 91 Fitzroy Street. By  1871 John was 16 and working as a warehouse lad. He married Matilda Dalby in 1878 and they went to live at 10 Prospect Row (1881/1891) and John worked as a grocery warehouseman. John and Matilda had six children: Bertha Lucy (1880-1975), Edith Ameila (1883-1967), Maud Mary (1887-1975), John Dalby (1888-1976), Martha Banham (1890-1974) and Mabel Matilda (1893-).  By 1901 they had moved to 114 Norfolk Street and John was working as a college kitchen porter.  In 1939 John  was recorded as being retired and he died in 1941 aged 86 years old.

Matilda Lucy Fenn (née Dalby) (24 June 1856 – 10 February 1951)

Matilda was the daughter of William and Martha Dalby.  Her father was a bootmaker/Wesleyan minister and she grew up at 32 James Street.

After she was widowed Matilda continued to live at 114 Norfolk Street (until at least 1950) and died aged 94 years old.



CFHS burial records

by Claire Martinsen and Mary Naylor

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Annie Ellen Brown; John Fenn; Matilda Lucy Fenn