CFHS code : HT480

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOSEPH POTTS d Feb 23 1944 aged 67 also of KATHARINE beloved wife of above d January 26th 1970 in her 94th years (sic)

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in March 2022.


This small but nicely carved headstone stands 1 row to the west of the east path just after the south bend, in the south east corner of the parish area of Holy Trinity. The carved inscription is still perfectly legible.The kerbstones are covered in ivy and were not checked.


In Loving Memory of JOSEPH POTTS died Feb 23 1944 aged 67 years

Also of KATHARINE beloved wife of above who passed away January 26th 1970 in her 94th years (sic)

Joseph Potts (4 May 1876 – 23 February 1944)

Joseph Potts 1920

Joseph was born in Rochdale Lancashire and was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Potts.  He grew up in Todmorden in the Calderdale Valley where his father worked on the canal (1881).  By 1891 his family had moved to live in Macclesfield where Thomas Potts worked as a mercantile clerk and book keeper.  Aged 15 Joseph was working as a silk piecer with his brother James, and his mother and sister Gertrude were silk winders.  A silk piecer was a specific role within the silk industry joining the broken threads together. He later moved to Cambridge and had joined the Cambridgeshire Borough Police by at least 1900.

The police force at the time ran numerous local and national sports events, and Joseph appears to have been a very successful competitor.  In the 1900 event held at the Leys school grounds he won a preserve dish and spoon for coming 2nd in the one mile walking handicap and the following year won a gent’s umbrella for coming 2nd in the sixty yard sack race.

He married Katharine Hardy in Old Hunstanton in 1905 and the couple had two daughters: Gertrude (1906-1982) and Katharine Elizabeth (1912-1999). In 1911 the family were living at 60 Cavendish Road and in 1920 Joseph was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

When the records of September 1939 were taken the couple were staying with their daughter Gertrude and son-in-law Claude in Lowestoft, and Joseph was described as a retired police inspector.  He died in Cambridge aged 67 years old.

Katherine Potts (née Hardy) (14 November 1876 –  26 January 1970)

Katharine was born in Kingsdown in Kent – a village just south of Deal and sitting on the coast. She was the daughter of James and Sarah Ann Hardy and was baptised in Kingsdown on 10 June 1877. Her father was a gamekeeper, and as both her parents were originally from Norfolk by 1891 the Hardy family had returned to the county.  James Hardy was the head gamekeeper at Hunstanton Hall, and Katharine aged 14 years old was helping in the family home.

In 1901 Katharine had moved to Cambridge and was working for Richard and Caroline Jebbs on Sedgwick Avenue.  Richard was regius Professor of Greek, and Katharine worked as a parlourmaid.  She must have met Joseph Potts in Cambridge and married him when she was 28 years old.

Katharine died in Cambridge aged 93 years old.



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Joseph Potts; Katharine Potts