CFHS code : HT68

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH ANN ABIGAL beloved wife of ARTHUR KIRBYSHIRE d 21 Aug 1931 aged 70 also ARTHUR husband d Feb 4th 1934 aged 76 also EDWARD HERBERT KIRBYSHIRE 18 Jan 1914 aged 25

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in February 2022.


This headstone is located two rows east of the south path as it bends to the north, in the south east corner of the cemetery. It is an area which has a lot of ivy and bramble growth.


In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH ANN ABIGAL beloved wife of ARTHUR KIRBYSHIRE d 21 Aug 1931 aged 70

Also ARTHUR husband d Feb 4th 1934 aged 76

Also EDWARD HERBERT KIRBYSHIRE 18 Jan 1914 aged 25

Elizabeth Ann Abigal Kirbyshire (nee Scarr) (1860 – 21 August 1931)

Elizabeth was born in Cambridge, the daughter of shoemaker James Scarr and his wife Sarah (née Presland). In 1861 5 month old Elizabeth was with her parents & 4 older siblings at 35 Union Road (off Hills Road). This was a shoe shop as well as the family home. It was difficult to find her as only her initials were written on the census form!  Her mother died in 1868 and  in 1871 she was with her aunts Ann & Mary Presland at 11 Pembroke St.  In 1881 she was with her widowed father and younger brother Herbert on Huntington Rd and her occupation was given as housekeeper. Which probably meant she kept house for her father.   She married Arthur Kirbyshire on May 29th 1883 at St Giles church when she was 23 years old.   They had six children: Mary Elizabeth (1884-), Elsie Violet (1887-1959), Edward Herbert (1888-1914), Arthur Scarr (1889-1948), Daisy Pressland (1891-1968) and Florence Ivy (1893-1975).  Arthur worked as the manager of a Morley’s Pawnbroker shop on Fitzroy Street. The family lived at 2 Abbey Road (1901) and 7 Abbey Road (at least 1911 onwards).

Their second son Arthur Scarr Kirbyshire was noted in the newspapers in 1913 for being a ‘successful local candidate’ in the Natural Sciences Tripos at Downing College.  Arthur was educated at the Higher Grade School and then the County School – going from there to Downing. The Cambridge Independent Press [20 June 1913] noted that ‘As Mr Kirbyshire was a victim some time ago of a severe illness his success must be very gratifying to his friends’.

Elizabeth Kirbyshire died at 7 Abbey Road aged 70 years old.

Arthur Kirbyshire (c.1858 – 4 February 1934)

Arthur was the son of Edward and Mary Kirbyshire.  His father was a police constable, and Arthur grew up at 36 Willow Place and then 119 Gwydir Street (1871/1881).  By 1881 he was working as a pawn brokers assistant.  He is described as a pawnbroker manager in 1901/1911, but by 1930 had an occupation of ‘pawnbroker and clothier’. He died at 7 Abbey Road in 1934 aged 76 years old.

Edward Herbert Kirbyshire (1888 – 18 January 1914)

Edward was the eldest son of Arthur and Elizabeth Kirbyshire.  He grew up at 2 Abbey Road.  He worked as a  pastry chef at New College in Oxford.  He married Alice Victoria Lofts at Abbey Church in Cambridge on 4th October 1913.

He died just over three months later, aged 25 years old.  Newspaper reports of his death at the time reported ‘he was taken ill suddenly last term and was confined to his bed until his death. Mr Kirbyshire had been married only three months, and great sympathy has been shown with his bereaved wife in her loss‘. He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 22nd January.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

Arthur Kirbyshire; Edward Herbert Kirbyshire; Elizabeth Ann Abigal Kirbyshire