CFHS code : CL120

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES AKERMAN HAYES b 22 Aug 1849 d 3 Feb 1889 also of MARY ANN HENRIETTA HAYES b 30 March 1851 d 5 March 1933

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202564, 0.138377 – click here for location

Hayes monument November 2018


This monument is located one row west of the east path in the north east corner of the parish area of St Clement.  The sturdy set of kerbs are intact and the fallen cross lies within them. A small amount of damage has been caused to the inscription by ivy.


In Loving Memory of JAMES AKERMAN HAYES born August 22nd 1849 died February 3rd 1889

Also of his wife MARY ANN HENRIETTA HAYES born March 30th 1851  died March 5th 1933

James Akerman Hayes (1849-1889)

James was the son of Henry Hayes and Eliza Maria (née Phillips) and was baptised on 1 September 1849. He grew up at 2 Foundry Yard, Bridge Street and his father worked as a cook (though is not thought to have been a college cook).  James went to the Perse School and was then admitted to Peterhouse College in October 1867 although he is not thought to have graduated.  Aged 21 James was working as an assistant school master at a boys’ school in Cheltenham, and was also noted as being an undergraduate of Peterhouse.

He married Mary Clayton on 9 August 1877 at St. Luke’s Church, Chesterton and at that time was living in Halesworth, Suffolk.  The couple lived with his parents at Belvoir Cottage, Histon Road and had one daughter: Ethel Eugenie (1880-1969).  In 1881 James was documented as being an unemployed  school master/tutor and he died at Belvoir Cottage aged 39 years old.

Mary Ann Henrietta Hayes (née Clayton)  (1851-1933)

Mary was the only child of  stonemason Robert and Phoebe (née Smith) and was baptised on 27 April 1851. She grew up on Histon Road (1861) and  then 2 Magdalene Street  (1881).  She was widowed aged 37 years old and continued to live at Belvoir Cottage with her aunt, daughter and a lodger (1891/1901). Daughter Ethel married William Varney Webb, superintendent of the Cambridge constabulary in 1904 and Mary went to live with them at 33 Halifax Road (1911). She died at Castle Hill aged 81 years old.



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James Akerman Hayes; Mary Ann Henrietta Hayes