CFHS code : AG170

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of SUSAN GRIFFINHOOFE d Dec 19 1922 age 93 also to CHARLES GRIFFINHOOFE Priest son of the above d Jul 24 1928 age 70

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202752, 0.13643913 – click here for location

Griffinhoofe headstone February 2019

To the south of the parish, east of and bordering the west path. Hidden behind a fir tree.


Sacred to the Memory of SUSAN GRIFFINHOOFE
who departed this life December 19th 1922 age 93

Priest son of the above Fell Asleep July 24 1928 age 70

Susannah (Susan) Griffinhoofe (née Hunter) (1829 – 19 December 1922)

Susan was born in Wye, Kent and baptised there on 25 November 1829. She was the daughter of surgeon Frederic Hunter and his wife Esther.  Her father died in June 1831 when she was two years old, and aged eleven she was living in Church Street, Wye with her widowed mother and four siblings. Esther Hunter married for a second time in 1848 to John Perkins, and the family then moved to Arkesden, near Saffron Walden.  In 1851 Susan was still living at home with her step-father, mother and siblings.  John Perkins was a farmer of 282 acres, and was employing 17 labourers at the time. Susan married Charles George Griffinhoofe (1829-1859)  on 4 October 1853 at Holy Trinity Church, Gray’s Inn Road.  Charles was the son of the Rev. Thomas Sparkes Griffinhoofe, the vicar of Arkesden.

They moved to Cambridge and their only son Charles George was born on 3 November 1859, Charles (Snr) died when his son was only 11 days old and left Susan a young widow.   She continued to live in Cambridge for the rest of her life, raising Charles (Jnr), and living with a domestic servant, with census returns describing her as a fundholder, or living under own means. She lived at 22 Hills Road (1861,1871, 1881), 42 Hills Road (1891, 1901) and then 59 Regent Street (1911).  She died in December 1922 aged 93 years old.

Reverend Charles George Griffinhoofe (3 November 1857 – 24 July 1928)

Charles was born in Cambridge and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 7 December 1857. He went to the Perse School and then up to St John’s College in October 1876.  He got his BA in 1880, and his MA in 1883.  He was ordained as a priest in 1882.  He was curate of Stretham in Cambridgeshire from 1881 to 1884. He was then curate of St Andrew’s Church, Wells Street, London 1884-1892.  He served briefly as a Chaplain in Egypt from 1892 to 1894, before returning to become Rector of Strethall in Essex (1895-1918).

In retirement he moved back to Cambridge to live at 59 Regent Street with his mother Susan, and worked as a private tutor.  He wrote several books including: Wintering in Eygpt, Help towards Belief in the Christian Faith, Celebrated Cambridge Men and The Unwritten Sayings of Christ.   Having only recently moved from Regent Street to 69 Glisson Road, Rev. Charles Griffinhoofe died there in July 1928.



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