CFHS code : PL99

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Remembrance of CHARLES ASHBY NEWMAN d Sept 17 1863 aged 50 also MARIANNE NEWMAN widow of the above d Jan 11 1887 aged 70 also HARRIET RAYNER daughter of the above d June 2 1883 aged 48

Monument : Headstone

Above information  amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Charles Ashby Newman (c.1812 – 17 September 1863)

Charles was born in London and married Mary/Marianne.  They had at least seven children: Harriet (1837-1883), Georgina Sarah (1845-1894), Charles William (1846-), Emma Elizabeth Mary (1848-1929), Joseph John (1849-1915), Mary Jane (1856-) and Alice M J (1858-). The couple  moved around the country and their first six children were born in Brighton, London, Surrey and Essex but by 1851 Charles was the landlord of the Eagle Tavern in Benet Street. He later moved to run the Railway Hotel (also known as the Railway Tavern) on Poplar Road (later known as Station Road).

In July 1861 Elizabeth Tent was charged with stealing three sheets, three pillow cases and other articles from Charles.  He had employed her as a needle-woman and she had had ‘access to every part of the house and took the opportunity of stealing the articles in question’.  Elizabeth made a long statement in court and claimed to be innocent.  She was found not guilty, but was found guilty of a second charge of stealing an umbrella from Miss Mills of the Golden Rose – she was sentenced to six years ‘penal servitude’ for that offence.

Charles died at the Railway Hotel  aged 50 and announcements of his death said ‘deeply lamented and universally regretted by his family and a large circle of friends for many years well known on the Brighton Road’.

Marianne Newman (c.1821 – 11 January 1887)

Little is known of Mary’s early life (which is the name that appeared on documentation during her life time) but she was born in Littleport, near Ely.  She ran the Railway Hotel with daughter Alice after she was widowed.  Mary died at the Railway Hotel aged 69 years old and newspapers reported that she was ‘deeply lamented’.

Alice Newman ran the Railway Hotel until at least 1911

Harriet Rayner  (née Newman) (1837 – 2 June 1883)

Harriet was born in Brighton and in 1861 was working in the bar at the Railway Hotel. She married widower Charles Rayner on 11 December 1872 at St. Paul’s Church.  Charles (1842-1889) had been a jockey at Newmarket and later was a prominent owner of race horses.  Harriet and Charles lived at North End Farm in Exning, Newmarket (1881) where he farmed 480 acres and she died aged 48 years old.

Charles Rayner married for a third time in 1884 to Alice Staples (1859-1927) and died aged 48 years old.



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Charles Ashby Newman; Marianne Newman; Harriet Rayner