CFHS code : PL221a

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ANN FINKLE METSON b ——– 1872 remainder illegible

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Although weathered some of the inscription is still legible. Photo November 2013
Metson cross November 2013


Located close to the lodge roughly 6 rows from the west path and 11 plots from the south path. Some of the inscription on this stone cross in the parish area of St Paul, although weathered, is still legible.


In Loving Memory of ANN FINKLE METSON born ——– 1872 remainder illegible

Ann Finkle Metson (née Masters) (1872 – 31 May 1916)

Ann was born in Guilden Morden,  a village lying 16 miles south west of Cambridge, and 5 miles west of Royston.    Her parents were Thomas and Agnes (née Oliver) Masters, and she was known as Annie throughout her life.  Thomas Masters was a grocer in the village, but died when Annie was 7 years old.   Agnes then took over the running of the business, whilst raising Annie and her sister Emily Maud (1869-).  Annie started working as a milliner and in 1891 was living as a lodger in Royston.  By 1901 she was working as a draper’s assistant at Robert Sayle’s shop on St Andrew Street and was living there also.  Also working as a draper’s assistant and living above the store was Herbert Harry Metson (1869-1936), who Annie went on to marry in 1904.

The couple lived at Glencaple, 101 Cherry Hinton Road after their marriage.  They had one son: Jack Clifford (1905-1987).   In 1911 Annie’s mother Agnes was living with them at their home, and she was to live with them until her death in December 1915.  Annie died five months after her mother aged 44 years old.  She died at home on Cherry Hinton Road.

Herbert Metson lived in Cambridge until at least 1930.  He then moved to Birmingham, which is where his son Jack lived  He died in Birmingham in April 1936 aged 66 years old.



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Ann Finkle Metson