CFHS code : HS10

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANN the beloved wife of EH RHODES died Good Friday 1908 age 61 In Loving Memory of EDWIN HENRY RHODES d Jan 28 1926 age 78

Monument : Stone cross (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202393, 0.13743167 – click here for location

Rhodes plinth west face May 2018
East face of restored monument April 2019


This small monument is located to the east of the central path.

This is one of only a few octagonal plinths in this Cemetery. The monument was restored by the family in 2019. The inscriptions have been placed on the opposite sides to the original.

Inscription (original)

west face

In Loving Memory of MARY ANN the beloved wife of
E. H. RHODES died on Good Friday 1908 age 61 years.

east face

In Loving Memory of EDWIN HENRY RHODES died Jan 28 1926 age 78 years

Edwin’s inscription 2019

Mary Ann Rhodes (née Fells) (4 May 1846 –  17 May 1908)

Mary was born in Mile End, London and baptised on 24 May 1846 at St Mary’s Church, Whitechapel.  She was the daughter of wine cooper John Edward Fells and his wife Hannah.  Mary Ann married Edwin Rhodes on 7 February 1869 at St. Judes’ Church,Bethnal Green and the couple had at least nine children: Emily Mary (1869-1932), Edith Mary (1869-), Henry Joseph (1872-), Maud Mary (1872-), John (1874-), Gertrude Mary (1880-1967), Bernard (1881-), Clementina Mary (1884-1977) and Cecil William (1888-).

Twins Emily and Edith were born in London, but by 1871 the family had moved to 26 Petty Cury, where Edwin ran a shoe shop. The shop later moved to 37 Petty Cury (1881) and then expanded to 37 & 38 Petty Cury (1891).  The 1892 Kelly’s Directory  listed Edwin as a ‘boot and shoe maker, fruiterer and confectioner’.  The business later moved to 14 St. John’s Street (1904 to at least 1906) and by 1908 had moved again to 3 Jordan’s Yard (just off Bridge Street).  Mary died at Jordan’s Yard aged 61 years old.

Edwin Henry Rhodes (13 February 1847 –  28 January 1926)

Edwin & Mary

Edwin was born at 14 Worley Court,London and baptised at St. Botolph’s Church, Aldgate on 12 March 1847.  He was the son of William and Mary Ann Rhodes, and his father worked as a wine cooper.  He married Mary Ann Fells when he was 21 years old.

In July 1888 Edwin appeared in front of the town magistrate’s court for hanging his boots outside his shop.   Several bootshop owners were charged on the same day – including Messrs Freeman, Hardy and Willis of Market Hill.  The City Improvement Commissioners had declared the pavements were too narrow to have boots protruding from the shop frontages.  Edwin was charged 1s.

By 1911 Edwin was a widower and working for Clare College as “Keeper of the Bicycle” (a cycle repairer).  In the census of April 1911 he was staying with his daughter Emily Mary and her family in Newnham.  He married widow Amelia Bond (née Wicks) (1859-1933) in Cambridge later that same year.  The couple ran a Lodging House at 2 Parker Street (1916), before moving to live at 2-3 Botolph Lane (at least 1920 onwards). Edwin died aged 78 years old and was buried with his first wife.

Edwin and Mary’s son Cecil William Rhodes also worked as a cycle cleaner and repairer.



Newspaper archives

CFHS grave register held at Cambridgeshire Archives

by Claire Martinsen and Mary Naylor, with thanks to D Rhodes for additional information.

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Edwin Henry Rhodes; Mary Ann Rhodes
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