CFHS code : ED42

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : JAMES MOUNTAIN Late Rector of Wymondham line illegible d 30 Apr 1923 aged [80] SARAH FRANCES MOUNTAIN d 20 Jan 1948 aged 73

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203113, 0.13736381 – click here for location

Mountain monument 2017


This stone cross (broken and fallen) on a double plinth (sunken), in the parish area of St Edward, is located seven rows west of the central path 25 yards north of the centre circle. It is the third of four Mountain monuments adjacent to one another. The inscription is now indecipherable.


[based on CFHS transcript]
James Mountain late Rector of Wymondham
[illegible line]
died 30 Apr 1923 aged [80]

Sarah [recte Edith] Frances Mountain
died 20 Jan 1948 aged 73

Relationship: Edith Frances Mountain was the daughter of James Mountain.

James Mountain (1842‒1923)

James Mountain was born in Cambridge on 30 August 1842, and baptised at the church of St Edward on 25 September of that year, the second child of George Mountain, coachman to the Provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and his wife Letitia.  His siblings were Mary Ann (1840‒1909), Susannah (1844‒47), John (1846‒), Thomas (1848‒1933) and Elizabeth (1851‒1935).  James lived with his family at 8 Queens’ Lane, in central Cambridge, until some time in the 1850s.

In 1861 James was a student at the National Society’s Training College in Battersea, London, of which the Principal was Rev. Samuel Clark.  (The National Society was founded in 1811 ‛for promoting the education of the poor in the principles of the established church in England and Wales’ ‒ the Battersea institution was a teachers’ training college.)  By 1867, James was back in Cambridge working a schoolmaster.  By 1871, he was living at Park Street, Loughborough, in Leicestershire, where he was an assistant schoolmaster; then by 1881 at 5 Gregory Street, Loughborough, where he had taken holy orders and been appointed Curate of All Saints’ Church. He subsequently served as Vicar of St Lawrence’s Church, Towcester, in Northamptonshire from 1886 to 1895. By 1901 he was Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Newarke, in Leicester, and by 1911 he was Rector of St Peter’s Church, Wymondham, in Leicestershire.

102 Mawson Road

On 16 July 1867, James was married to Sarah Thompson, daughter of Arnold Thompson, Inspector of Police, in St Andrew’s Church, Cambridge (Sarah’s parish).  By the census return of 1871 the couple had a son aged 2 months, Arthur A, who died in childhood.  In c.1875 they had a daughter, Edith Frances Mountain (see below).  The 1911 census records the couple as having had three children, of whom two had died.  Sarah died on 3 July 1913, aged 70, in Wymondham; she left effects worth £1,220 12s. to James.

James returned to Cambridge at some point in the subsequent ten years to live at 102 Mawson Road (Petersfield).  He died on 30 April 1923, aged 80, and was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on 3 May. He left effects worth £1,089 13s. 3. to his daughter Edith Frances.

Edith Frances Mountain (c.1874‒1948)

Edith Frances was born c.1874 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, the daughter of James Mountain (see above), Anglican clergyman, and his wife Sarah.  Edith moved with the family from Loughborough to Towcester, in Northamptonshire, then to Leicester and finally to Wymondham, in Leicestershire.  Her mother died in Wymondham in 1913.  Since Edith remained unmarried, it is possible that she moved back to Cambridge with her father and lived ‒ at least until his death in 1923 ‒ at 102 Mawson Road. She was the sole benefactor of his will, being left effects worth £1,220 12s.  She also inherited £8,582 15s 9d from her aunt Elizabeth Mountain at the latter’s death on 25 October 1935.

Edith Frances died on  20 January 1948, aged 73, and her body was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on the 22nd of the month.  Her address at the time of death was 64 Glisson Road (Petersfield), Cambridge.  She left effects to the value of £10,447 4s 7d to building instructor Arthur Coe and his wife Stella Letitia.

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England census returns 1851‒1901
England & Wales census return 1911
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916‒2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 (James, Sarah, Edith)
website: St Lawrence Church, Towcester
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, baptismal register (James), burial register (James, Edith)
St Paul’s Church, Cambridge banns register (James/Sarah)
Church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, banns register, marriage register (James/Sarah)

By Ian Bent

Edith Frances Mountain; James Mountain