CFHS code : AG43

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : EMMA M[ADG–] d Nov [1-] 19– aged [8]9 In Loving Remembrance of ———- LOW several lines eroded b June 15 18[16] d Feb 2 19[1]0 also of MARTHA eldest daughter of the above d Oct 20 1939 aged 90 also KATE VICK d May 3rd 1940 aged 86

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones (badly eroded)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202603, 0.13722226 – click here for location

Monument May 2017



The parish records were used to try and complete the inscription

EMMA MADGE Nov [1-] 1947 aged 89

In Loving Remembrance of  MARTHA LOW

several lines eroded

[Emma Low] b June 15 18[19] d Feb 2 1910

also of MARTHA eldest daughter of the above d Oct 20 1939 aged 90

Also KATE VICK d May 3rd 1940 aged 86

James was in the grave record for this plot but not Emma his wife.

Relationship:  – Parent(s) and three adult daughters

James Low (1822 – 23 October 1881)

James was the son of James and Margaret (née Fuller) Low and was baptised at St.Mary the Great Church on 1 October 1822.  He later married Emma and the couple had at least six children: Martha (1848-1939), Elizabeth (1852-1921), Kate (1854-1940), James (1854-1854), Ellen (1857-) and Emma (1859-1947). The family lived at 16 New Square and James worked as a schoolmaster at New Square Academy.  The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported in September 1875 that pupils had presented him with a gold pencil case, and his daughter Emma with a silver thimble. James died at 16 New Square aged 59.

Emma Low (5 June 1819 – 2 February 1910)

Little is know of Emma’s early life, except that she was born in Swaffham, Norfolk. After she was widowed she went to live at 35 New Square and was there with her daughter Martha in 1891 and 1901.  She died aged 91 years old.

Martha Low  (4 November 1848 – 20 October 1939) 

Martha was the eldest child of James and Emma Low and was baptised at St Andrew the Great Church on 3 December 1848.  In 1871 she was 22 years old and was working as a school teacher. In 1881 she was living at the Vicarage in Bartlow where she was governess to Rev. Edward Norgate’s six children.  She then returned back to live with her mother at 35 New Square and worked as a school mistress (1891).  In 1901 she was running a lodging house from 35 New Square, and in 1911 a lodging house at 9a Parkside.  By at least 1925 she was living at 81 Hills Road with her widowed sister Kate Vick. She lived with Kate until at least 1930 but by 1939 Martha was incapacitated and living at the Grove Nursing Home at 159-161 Hills Road. She died there aged 90 years.

Emma Madge (née Low) (22 August 1858 – 15 November 1947) 

Emma was baptised at St. Andrew the Great Church on 25 August 1861. She grew up at New Square and aged 22 was working as a housekeeper (1881).  She is also believed to have taught with her father – as evidenced by the newspaper report of her being presented with a silver thimble in 1875. She married Rev. Arthur Giles Madge (1861-1926) on January 3rd 1888. Arthur was a vicar and school master and the couple had six children: Reginald Ellice (1889-1973), Marjorie Evelyn (1891-1986), Basil Arthur (1892-1975), Violet Agnes (1896-1984), Winifred Mary (1898-1903) and another child who died as an infant.

The family lived in Bushey, Hertfordshire (1891) and 63 West Street in Horncastle (1901) where Arthur was a schoolmaster.  He then took on the parish of Kirkby Underwood in Lincolnshire and in 1911 the family were living at the Vicarage in Kirkby Underwood.  He later became the vicar of North Willingham, near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.  Emma was widowed aged 68 years old when Arthur died at a private mental hospital in London.  She then went to live with eldest son Reginald at 71 Hills Road – he was also a school master.  She was living there in 1939 with Reginald and a companion, and died there in 1947 aged 89 years old.

Kate Vick (née Lowe) (20 April 1853 – 3 May 1940)
Kate was baptised at St Andrew the Great on 23 May 1854 and before getting married worked as a dressmaker. She married Samuel Ward (1852-1901) in 1889.  Samuel was a travelling salesman and in 1891 the couple were living at 40  Western Road in Oxford.  They later ran the Clifton Hotel, Clifton Street in Swindon.  Samuel died there in June 1901.

She married widower Frederick Walford Vick (1845-1909) at St Mary the Virgin in Little Ilford on 14 September 1909.  Frederick worked as a decorator and Kate might have known him via her first husband, as both men were born in Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire.  Frederick died a month after the wedding on 14 October 1909 leaving Kate a widow once more and in 1911 Kate was living at 126 Calton Road in Gloucester.

She then moved back to Cambridgeshire living at 348 Cherry Hinton Road (1914) and then 81 Hills Road (at least 1920 onwards). In 1939 was living at 81 Hills Road with a companion and died there  aged 87 years.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen with additional information by Mary Naylor

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James Low; Martha Low; Emma Madge; Kate Vick