CFHS code : ED12

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : HENRY CHARLES PHIPPS d Oct 2 [1921] aged 75 also ELIZABETH FRANCES beloved wife of above d Nov 28 1927 age 81

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203101, 0.13753885 – click here for location

Phipps headstone 2017


This headstone with rounded top and with kerb stones, in the parish area of St Edward, is located on the second row west of the central path, roughly 25 yards north of the centre circle.

There is a related grave (Charles, Mary Ann and Mary Ann Fanny) , and another Phipps grave at (Elizabeth, John, daughter Elizabeth) .


In loving memory of Henry Charles Phipps
who departed this life October 2nd 1921 aged 75 years
Thy will be done.

Also of Elizabeth Frances beloved wife of the above
who died November 28 1927 aged 81 years
At rest.

Henry Charles Phipps (c.1845‒1921)

Henry was born in Cambridge or Grantchester c. 1845 and baptised in Cambridge on 21 December 1845, son of Charles Phipps, college servant, and his wife Mary Ann (who are buried in the St Botolph parish area). During his childhood, the family lived at 17 Silver Street.  By 1861 Henry was working as a page at the Red Lion Hotel in Petty Cury, central Cambridge.

Henry married Elizabeth Frances Sherman in the third quarter of 1868 in Cosford, Suffolk.  By 1871 the couple were living at 3 Granta Place (which runs beside the River Granta between Little St Mary’s Lane and Mill Lane, close by the King’s Mill and the Bishop’s Mill), and Henry was a college servant.  By 1881, he was the Clare College Fellows’ Butler, a significant position that he held for at least 30 years;  Elizabeth was also a college servant, and they lived within the college.  The couple had one child, Charles Henry, born in the third quarter of 1869.  Henry must have retired somewhere between 1911 and 1921, after which he and Elizabeth moved to 82 Tenison Road (Petersfield ward).

Henry died on 2 October 1921 aged 75 years, and his body was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on the 10th of that month, in row XXXII of the parish area of St Edward, in grave 9.  Elizabeth survived him by six years.

Elizabeth Frances Phipps (née Sherman) (c.1846‒1927)

Elizabeth Frances Sherman was born in Boxford, Suffolk, c. 1846 and baptised there on 22 February 1846, daughter of John Sherman, master baker (employing one boy), and his wife Mary Ann.  The family had lived in Church Street, but by 1851 have moved to Boxford Street, Boxford.  Elizabeth’s siblings included Susannah (c.1834‒), Annamaria (c.1838‒), Matilda (c.1840‒) and Kate Maryann (c.1850‒).

Elizabeth married Henry Charles Phipps in the third quarter of 1868 in Cosford, Suffolk.  Early on, the couple lived at 3 Granta Place, Cambridge, by which time Henry was employed as a college servant.  Soon they both lived in Clare College quarters, Henry being the Fellows’ Butler and holding that position for at least 30, conceivably 40 years.  Henry died on 2 October 1921 after a marriage lasting 53 years.

Elizabeth died on 28 November 1927 at the age of 81, and was buried in Mill Road Cemetery a few days later in the same grave as her husband.  She does not appear on the St Edward burial register, but her interment is recorded in the parish grave book with the marginal annotation ‛Mr & Mrs PHIPPS Clare Coll full’.  In her will she left effects to the value of £755 17s. 6d. to her only son Charles Henry ‛gentleman’.

Charles Henry was born in 1869 ‒ a year after their wedding. In 1896, by then a chemist’s assistant, Charles married Mary Cecilia Day of Islington, the marriage taking place in Yorkshire, and the couple subsequently living at 91 Hurst Grove, Bedford.  Henry seems to have died in Cambridge in 1932.

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England census returns 1841 to 1901
England & Wales census 1911
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837‒1915 (Henry)
England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530‒1980 (Elizabeth)
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975 (Charles)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837‒1915 (Elizabeth/Henry; Charles/Mary)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916‒2007 (Henry; Elizabeth; Charles)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills & Administrations), 1858‒1966 (Elizabeth)

Church of St Edward, Cambridge, burial register (Henry), grave book (Henry, Elizabeth)

By Ian Bent


Elizabeth Frances Phipps; Henry Charles Phipps