CFHS code : AS41
Parish : All Saints
Inscription : To my beloved husband ARTHUR MIDDLETON HOPPETT Jan 13th 1937 aged 73 50 years organist of All Saints Church also to ANNE dearly loved wife of the above June 30th 1938 aged 63
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Headstone of polished black marble, with Art Deco design featuring a rank of organ pipes with braced musical staves with superimposed treble and bass clefs to the left and Gothic arcading and ivy sprigs clinging to a cross to the right and black marble kerbstones polished on upper surface and left rustic on sides. The grave is located in the parish area of All Saints, just to the north of the path leading from the western path to the central path.
‘To my beloved husband Arthur Middleton Hoppett
Jan 13th 1937 aged 73 years
50 years organist of All Saints Church’
Also to Anne dearly loved wife of the above
June 30th 1938 aged 63 years.’
“Sweet rest at last”
Arthur Middleton Hoppett (c1864-1937) – see also Life Story page
Arthur was born in St. Albans, but moved to Cambridge when he was young. His parents were Charles and Jane Hoppett, and Charles became the head porter at Trinity College. He was raised at 22 Jesus Lane, and by the time he was 18 was working as an organist and music teacher. He worked as the deputy organist at All Saint’s Church for several years before being appointed as organist in June 1887. He replaced William Dewberry, who had moved from All Saint’s to St. Edward’s Church. Arthur held the position until his death.
Arthur married Annie Bull on 14 September 1897 at All Saint’s Church. The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported the wedding in great depth, and Mr Millar, organist of St Mary the Great played during the ceremony. He played Morandi’s Processional March during the signing of the register and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March as they left the church. Annie wore ivory cashmere ‘with silk zouave and ruchings of silk; she wore a veil and wreath of orange blossoms’. The two bridesmaids ‘wore pale green liberty muslin dresses with trimmings of white lace, satin and chiffon. They had on large white chiffon hats and white ostrich tips and they carried bouquets of white and yellow roses and maiden hair fern’. The couple married at 2pm and left Cambridge at 4.30pm to honeymoon in Brighton.
Arthur worked as a music teacher as well as being an organist and also played a large role in the music scene within Cambridge. He directed and accompanied many musical performances – for example the Cambridge Borough Police Band Annual Concert at the Guildhall in February 1905, and the Tea and concert held by the Beaconsfield Club in January 1891. In March 1903 the Cambridge Co-operative Society presented Arthur with a ‘silver English lever watch…in recognition of his valuable services in playing at all their meetings during the past years’. Arthur and Ann lived at 14 Manor Street, and did not have any children. He died at home in 1937.
Anne Hoppett (née Bull) (1875 – 30 June 1938)
Anne was known as Annie through her life, and was the daughter of carpenter Michael and Elizabeth Bull. She grew up at 117 Sturton Street (1881) and then lived with her sister Sarah at 29 Eden Street working as a dressmaker’s assistant to Sarah (1891). She married Arthur when she was 22 years old, and died the year after him whilst at 76 King Street.
By Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen
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