CFHS code : HT298

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOSEPH NICHOLS (late of Linton) d April 20 1885 in his 68th year also of LILIAN youngest and beloved daughter of the above b Dec 5 1868 d May 22 1896 also EMILY remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Nichols headstone February 2020


Located six rows from the central path and two monuments from the south path. Most of the inscription is clear. The kerb stones have grassed over.


In Loving Memory of JOSEPH NICHOLS (late of Linton)
Who died April 20. 1885. in his 68th year.

“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”

Also of LILIAN youngest and beloved daughter of the above
Born Dec. 5. 1868 Died May 2.2 1896.

“Rest in Peace”

Also EMILY remainder illegible

Joseph Nichols (12 July 1817 – 20 April 1885)

Joseph was born in Saffron Walden and his birth was registered at the Saffron Walden Baptist Meeting House on 21 May 1821. He was the son of  shoemaker William Andrew Nichols (1791-) and Susanna (née Elderit) (1783-). By 1841 he was living in Linton and working as a currier (someone who cures leather hides) and married Emily Briggs on 12 September 1850 in Linton.  The couple lived on the High Street, Linton and had eight children:  Alice Emily (1852-1922), Frances Ann (1854-1874), Charles Briggs (1856-), Helena (1859-1922), George Ernest (1864-1944), Lilian (1868-1896) and a further two children who died as infants. The family were still living in Linton in 1881, but then moved to live at 8 The Causeway, Cambridge.  Joseph’s brother William was a tea dealer, who lived at 4 Green Street, so they possibly moved to Cambridge to be closer to him.  Joseph died at home aged 67 years old.

Lilian Nichols (5 December 1868 – 22 May 1896)

Lilian was born in Linton and in 1891 was helping her mother run a Lodging House at 7 Portugal Street. She died at home aged 27 years old.

Emily Nichols (née Briggs) (1826 – 8 September 1914)

Emily was baptised in Linton on 10 September 1826 and was the daughter of Robert and Anne. Her father was a currier and she grew up on the High Street in Linton. After she was widowed she ran a Lodging House at 7 Portugal Street with daughters Alice, Helena and Lilian (1891 onwards). Emily  died at home aged 88 years old and her funeral took place at the house on 11 September before interment at Mill Road Cemetery.

Joseph and Emily’s daughters Alice and Helena both died at 7 Portugal Street in February 1922. Their deaths were just a week apart. It is not known where they were buried, but are not thought to have been buried with their parents and younger sister.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Emily Nichols; Joseph Nichols; Lilian Nichols