CFHS code : PL573

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : IFMO HARRIET PAGE d Nov 27 1883 also In Loving Memory of MARIA SUSAN PAGE d Nov 26 1891

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20248, 0.13607484 – click here for location

The cross has fallen behind the plinth but the inscription is intact. Photo 2016
Page plinth 2016
The cross in 1913. Taken from a photo of a neighbouring grave.

Monument 

This stone cross which has now fallen behind the plinth, in the parish area of St Paul, is located to the west of the western path close to the Kett listed memorial.

Inscription

east face

In Fond Memory of  HARRIET PAGE who died November 27th 1883

Also In Loving Memory of MARIA SUSAN PAGE d Nov 26 1891

Relationship: sisters

Mary Ann Harriet (Harriet)  Page (c.1802 – 27 November 1883)

Harriet was born in Huntingdon, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Page.  She lived with her younger sister Maria throughout her life, and neither married. Both women appear to have inherited considerable wealth and left significant amounts of money in their wills.  Their brother Thomas Page (1808-1891) was described as a Land owner, and lived at 38 Hyde Park Gardens with a large number of domestic servants and served as Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire.

In 1851/1861 the sisters were living with their cousin Mary Augusta Gray and niece Augusta at Bush Hall, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. In 1871 the sisters were living at the Manor House, Little Shelford with their nieces Augusta Gray and Edith Page, a cook, ladies maid, housemaid, general servant and gardener. By 1881 they had moved to live at 12 Brookside, where both were documented as receiving money from dividends, and lived at the house with a cook, housemaid and ladiesmaid. Harriet died at Brookside aged 81 years old and notices of her death in local newspapers said she was ‘late of Ely’.

Maria Susan Page (1810 – 26 November 1891)

Maria was born in Ely and baptised there on 28 December 1810.  She lived with her sister Harriet, and in 1891 was lodging at Langham Street, Plymouth with niece Edith Page – both women also had a ladiesmaid. Edith’s father Thomas had died in Plymouth a few weeks earlier and they could have been there in connection with his death. Maria died at Brookside ‘after a short illness of influenza’ aged 80 years old.

The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal printed a short obituary: ‘today we record the death Miss Maria Page, of Brookside. who, for about twenty-fivve years, has lived and near Cambridge, and endeared herself to all who knew her by her wonderful power of sympathy and rare unselfishness. She was happiest when planning and arranging schemes for the pleasure and profit of others, She was a frequent visitor at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where her bright and genial manner, her cheery smile, and her(….) conversation cheered many  a sufferer, and her visits were looked forward to with delight by nurses and patients. For many years she played the harmonium for the Sunday services in  (….) of the wards.. Her presence will much missed. In earlier life she was a zealous Sunday school teacher and dirtrict visitor. To those who enjoyed the privilege of her close friendship she was he staunchest and truest of friends’.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Harriet Page; Maria Susan Page