CFHS code : AG105

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of GEORGE OFFORD d April 22nd 1904 aged 65 EMILY MATILDA OFFORD wife of the above b Sep 18th 1853 d Nov 17th 1934

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202833, 0.13694059

Offord headstone March 2019

In the southern section of the parish, close to the east west path.


In Affectionate Memory of GEORGE OFFORD who died April 22nd 1904 aged 65 years

“Thanks be to God who giveth to us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”

EMILY MATILDA OFFORD wife of the above born Sep 18th 1853 died Nov 17th 1934

George Offord (1839 – 22 April 1904)

George was born in Sudbury, Suffolk and was baptised at St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury on 19 May 1839. He was the son of William and Mary and his father worked as a maltster. George grew up in Acton Green, Sudbury (1841) and then 9 Butts Road in Bury St Edmunds (1851). At the age of 22 he was lodging in Bury St. Edmunds and working as a stonemason.

By at least 1867 he was living in Cambridge as in February of that year he was working on as a stonemason on the new works at St. John’s College Chapel.  He was a witness when Thomas Tressler, another stonemason fell to his death and testified at the subsequent inquest.

He married Emily in 1878 and in 1881 they were living at 2 Earl Street. In 1891 the couple had moved to live at 5 New Square. He later became a publican and was running the White Swan, Butt Lane in Great Wilbraham in 1901.  He died at the White Swan aged 65 years old.

Emily Matilda Offord (née Simmonds) (18 September 1853 – 17 November 1934)

Emily was baptised at St. Paul’s Church, Bermondsey on 8 October 1853. She was the daughter of James and Mary Ann, and was raised in Bermondsey.  James Simmonds [also sometimes spelt Simmons] was a labourer, who died in 1859.  Emily then lived with her mother and siblings and in 1871 was working as a domestic servant in Southwark, London.  She married George Offord in 1878 when she was c.24 years old.

After she was widowed she went to work as a housemaid for Reginald and Dorothy Hicks (1911).  She died at Temple End in Great Wilbraham aged 81 years old.



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Emily Matilda Offord; George Offord