CFHS code : PL127

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : To The Beloved Memory of HENRY FLANDERS of Mill Road 1854 1926 groundslab EMILY LOUISE beloved wife of HENRY FLANDERS in her 90th year also their daughter IRENE LOUISE 1895-1978

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones/Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Henry Flanders (1854- 6 October 1926)

Henry was born in Littleport and baptised there on 19 February 1854. He was the eldest son of  Henry and Hannah Flanders, and his father farmed  250 acres on the Mildenhall Road, Littleport. Henry trained as a chemist/druggist under William Fitch on the Main Street of Littleport (1871) and then moved to Mill Road, Cambridge (1881). He married Emily Hall on 9 August 1886 at St. Clement’s Church and they had two children: Stanley Richard (1888-1966) and Irene Louise (1894-1978).

Newspaper advert from 1899

Henry ran a chemist shop at  Mill Road and advertised extensively in local newspapers of the time.  He sold items such as his Ease-Feet ointment, as well as cod liver oil, ‘caskets of perfume’, ‘sulphur and sarsaparilla (sic) tablets’, English made hot water bottles and health salt. He was Treasurer of the Cambridge Pharmaceutical Association and in July 1910 helped to organise the 47th Annual British Pharmaceutical Conference which was held at the New Botany School, Cambridge University. The three day conference included visits to Newnham College, a garden party in the Fellows’ Garden at Emmanual College,  a visit to Ely and a visit to Audley End House. Henry was responsible for organising the musical programme for the conference attendees.

The family lived at Glynhaven, 84 St Barnabas Road from at least 1905 onwards. Henry died aged 73 years old and his funeral took place on 8 October.

Emily Louise Flanders (née Hall) (27 October 1861 – 14 February 1951)

Emily was the daughter of Samuel and Sarah and grew up at 37 Bridge Street where her father ran a butcher’s shop. After Henry’s death she lived at 151 Hills Road with daughter Irene, and in 1939 was documented as being an invalid. Emily died at home aged 89 years old.

Irene Louise Barton (née Flanders) (16 April 1894 – 21 January 1978)

Concert 1915

Irene was the only daughter of Henry and Emily and attended Norwich House School and the Perse Girls’ School.  She was a talented amateur soprano and her name appeared often in local newspapers in relation to the various concerts she sang in from the age of 12 onwards. A review of the Cambridge Amateur Operatic Society’s performance of ‘Les Cloches de Corneville’ noted that ‘as Germaine Miss Irene Flanders appeared to have greatly improved her acting since last year, while her singing was magnificent’ (May 1913). The same production played in Hitchin later the same year and the North Herts. Mail noted ‘no one could improve on her graceful and effective attitudes’.

Concert June 1918

During the 1st world war she often sang at patriotic concerts, and concerts held for soldiers. In April 1916 she was awarded the diploma of Associate of the Royal College of Music for public singing. In January 1918 she sang at Mr. Audley Gillson’s concert at the Guildhall and the Cambridge Daily News reported ‘thanks to the host of admirers of Miss Irene Flanders, who always flock to a concert where she is announced to sing and to the large circle of friends who have followed with pleasure and pride her musical career….the Guildhall was packed and many hundreds were turned away unable to gain admission’. The newspaper noted ‘Miss Irene Flanders’ beautiful singing requires no description to Cambridge people; it is sufficient to say that Miss Flanders was in her best form’.

Irene married  Lieutenant George Harry Ryland Barton (1889-1961)  in Suffolk in 1916.  They had a daughter named Jean Cynthia who was born in September 1917, but  who died aged less than a month old.  The couple appear to have separated and lived apart.

Irene lived at 151 Hills Road and reverted to using her maiden name of Flanders (although she did use Barton in the 1939 registration). She died at Hills Road aged 83 years old and was buried with her parents.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Emily Louise Flanders; Henry Flanders; Irene Louise Flanders