CFHS code : HS36

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN HARVEY d Feb 12 1904 age 71 also SARAH HARVEY wife d Jan 5 1905 age 73 also EMMA S HARVEY d Feb 21 1904 age 44 ANNIE L HARVEY d Dec 17 1927 age 59

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20237, 0.13767938 – click here for location

Harvey plinth – west face – May 2018



west face

In Loving Memory of JOHN HARVEY died Feb 12 1904 age 71

SARAH HARVEY wife died Jan 5. 1905 age 73

north face

Also EMMA S HARVEY died Feb 21 1904 age 44

ANNIE L HARVEY died Dec 17 1927 age 59

John (Jack) Harvey (c.1833 – 12 February 1904)

Jack was born in Fen Ditton and was the son of Thomas and Ann Harvey. His father worked as a bricklayer and Jack trained and worked as a whitesmith. He married Sarah Skinner in 1859 and they had at least seven children: Emma Skinner (1860-1904), Adeline Sarah (1863-1939), Harry Sturgess (1865-1945), Annie Louisa (1868-1927), Lillian Mary (1870-1950), William Moxon (1873-1956) and Bessie May (1876-1965).

Initally they lived at Bridge Street, where Jack was documented as a whitesmith and Sarah as a dressmaker before moving to Portugal Place (at least 1871 onwards).  Jack was described on later census records as a gas fitter and bell fitter.  However he was also a  professional rowing coach, having been an oarsman and sculler in his youth. It was reported that he ‘was an authority on rowing matters and during the half century in which he has been connnected with Cambridge rowing has coached more successful Light Blues than any of his contemporaries. At times when knotty points arose in connection with the University crew Jack Harvey’s opinion was always accepted as final’.  He was a life time member and Honorary captain of the Cambridge Town Rowing club and is believed to have founded the club in 1863.

He suffered a ‘paralytic stroke’ and died a few days later at  Portugal Place aged 70 years old.  The funeral took place at Holy Sepulchre Church on 16 February – many of the town’s rowing clubs were represented including the Town Rowing Club, the 99 Rowing Club, the Rob Roy Rowing Club, the Burton Rowing Club and Trinity boathouse.

Sarah Harvey (née Skinner)  (c.1832-1905)

Sarah was born in Trumpington and in 1851 was working as a domestic servant for Isaac and Susanna Johnson at 12 Emmanuel Road.  She married Jack Harvey when she was c. 27 years old and died less than a year after him at Portugal Place.

Emma Skinner Harvey (1860 – 21 February 1904)

Emma was the eldest child of Jack and Sarah and in 1891 was working as a governess in London for the Wallace family.  She died at Portugal Place aged 43 years old (the age on the grave monument incorrectly gives her aged as 44 years).

Annie Louisa Harvey (1868 – 17 December 1927)

Annie was Emma’s younger sister and in 1891 was also working as a governess in London.  She later lived at the Bungalow, Magrath Avenue with siblings William and Adeline, and died at the Chester Royal Infirmary. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 21 December.


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Annie Louisa Harvey; Emma Skinner Harvey; John Harvey; Sarah Harvey
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