CFHS code : HT423

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALFRED MORRELL d 13 Sept 1914 aged 61

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The inscription was still clear when this photo was taken in 2014.
Morrell plinth  2014



‘In Loving Memory of ALFRED MORRELL died  Sept 13 1914 aged 61 years.’

“At Jesus’ feet how safe your rest.”

Alfred Morrell (1853 – 13 September  1914)

Alfred was the son of John and Emma (née Routley) Morrell and grew up at 8 Manor Street (1861/1871). By the age of 18 he was working as a solicitor’s clerk. He later worked as a Solicitor’s Managing Clerk at Messrs Ellison and Burrows.

Alfred was Secretary of the Cambridge Hand-in-Hand Public and Lodging House Company Ltd.  Formed in 1874 the company had the purpose of supplying Cambridge with temperance public houses and improving lodging houses for the working-classes. The company acquired some land on Mil Road in 1880 in order to build another company house, and Alfred was charged with raising funds by selling 1,460 shares of £1 in the company. He was Secretary of the Cambridge University and Town Coffee Palace Company Ltd, and in February 1881 advertised the George and Dragon Coffee and Lodging house on Newmarket Road as being available to rent.  He also served as a magistrate, was clerk to the Board at Sawston School and was a member of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society (1892).

In 1881 Alfred was lodging at  18 Victoria Street with Daniel and Ann Cowell and their daughter Ellen. By 1891 Alfred was living at 15 Willis Road with Ellen as his housekeeper.  He was paralysed for the last eighteen years of his life, and was forced to retire from his job as a consequence.  In 1901/1911 Alfred was still at Willis Road (now documented as 2 Collier Road)- Ellen was still his housekeeper, but with a housemaid to assist.

Alfred was paralysed for the last eighteen years of his life, and was forced to retire from his job as a consequence. He died aged 61 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 16 September after a service at St. Barnabas’ Church. One of the wreaths at the funeral read ‘to the dearest and best, from his sorrowing one’ which perhaps hinted at his relationship with Ellen Cowell.  He left an estate valued at £10,458 (c. £1.2m at 2019 valued). He left Ellen Cowell £600, 24 Park Parade, ‘several blocks of freeholds’,  and all his household effects, jewellery,  plate etc.

Alfred’s four brothers are also buried at Mill Road Cemetery



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Alfred Morrell