CFHS code : PL18

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANN the loving wife of ALFRED WILLIAM PAIGE d April 1916 aged 63 also ALFRED WILLIAM PAIGE d March 3rd 1948 aged 91

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones ( both broken)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Paige monument June 2018


Located to the south of the south path, in the parish area of St Paul,  a few yards before the turn to the central path.


In Loving Memory of MARY ANN the loving wife of ALFRED WILLIAM PAIGE
who died April 1916 aged 63 years

Also ALFRED WILLIAM PAIGE died March 3rd 1948 aged 91

Mary Ann Paige (née Thurlbourn) (c.1852 – April 1916)

Mary Ann appears to have been known as Pollie through her life.  She was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of William Thurlbourn.  She married Alfred Paige in 1879.  Alfred worked for the Great Eastern Railway, and the couple lived at 6 Cross Street after marriage.  They had six children: Alfred Thurlbourn (1881-1962), Harold Edward (1883-1970), Percival (1884-1973), Walter Reginald (1886-1943) and two further children who died as infants.  All four of her sons served in the 1st World War, and all returned home to Cambridge.  They all then worked on the railway like their father.

Pollie and Alfred later moved to 20 Sedgwick Street (1891) before moving to 54 Devonshire Road (at least 1901 onwards).  Pollie died at Devonshire Road aged 63 years old.  Her funeral took place on 28 April at St. Clements Church.  The report of the service in the Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘Mrs Paige had a large circle of friends and was held in high respect.  A large number attended both at the church and graveside. There were many beautiful wreaths.’

Alfred William Paige (10 November 1856 – 3 March 1948)

Alfred was the son of Frederick and Emma Paige.  He was born in Harlow in Essex, although  he grew up in Denver, Norfolk. His father Frederick (1819-1874) started working on the railway in 1841 and eventually became the Station Master of North Wootton in Norfolk. Frederick started a railway dynasty with many of his descendant working on the railway. Alfred’s brother Charles (1847-1908) was Station Master at Histon from 1878 to 1908.

Alfred eventually became the chief clerk to the District Goods Manager of the G.E.R. and played an active role within the wider community.  He was Hon. Secretary of the G.E.R Testimonial Committee (1916),  a member of the Cambridge and District Commercial Travellers Assocation (1920) and Hon. Secretary of the English Church Union (1913).  After he was widowed he went to live at Kinross, 27 Rathmore Road with his son Percival and Percival’s wife Maud. Percival also worked as a railway clerk.  Alfred died at Rathmore Road aged 91 years old.



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Alfred William Paige; Mary Ann Paige