CFHS code : HS35

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN RICH d Nov 11 1908 age 73 also ANN beloved wife d Aug 8 1918 in her 84th year also daughter ELIZABETH d Nov 5 1955 age 92 also In Loving Memory of our dear parents ARTHUR JOHN RICH d Dec 13 1957 age 90 also ALICE MAUD his wife d Dec 14 1960 age 85

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202397, 0.1376953 – click here for location

Rich headstone – west face – 2017
Rich headstone – east face – May 2018



west face

In Loving Memory of JOHN RICH who died Nov. 11. 1908. Aged 73

“Peace Perfect Peace”

Also of ANN beloved wife who died Aug. 8. 1918. in her 84th year

“Gone but not forgotten”

And of their daughter ELIZABETH died Nov 5 1955 age 92 years

east face

In Loving Memory of our dear parents
ARTHUR JOHN RICH who entered the higher life Dec 13 1957 age 90 years

And ALICE MAUD his wife who was reunited with him Dec 14 1960 age 85 years

John Rich (c.1835 – 11 November 1908)

John was born in Girton and was the son of Allen and Sarah. He grew up at Bunker’s Hill in Girton where his father was a baker.  He married Ann Prior in 1856 at they had at least three children: Robert (1860-1867), Elizabeth (1862-1955) and Arthur John (1864-1957).  John ran various pubs around the town over his life: The Portland Arms (1861),  the Three Tuns, Market Hill (1871) the Horse and Groom, King Street (1881) and the Mitre Hotel, Bridge Street (1891/1901).

In June 1900 John charged Henry Alfred Ingle Finch with breaking a pane of glass and causing damage of £9.  Henry was a student at Trinity College and had broken the pane ‘as a lark’.  He asked that the charge be withdrawn under the promise of replacing the pane ‘whatever the cost might be’ as he was very keen not to be recorded on the court system. John Rich agreed to withdraw on condition the widow was repaired.

By 1904 the Mitre had changed hands and was being run by Thomas McLachlan. John and Ann moved to live at 60 Bridge Street where their daughter Elizabeth ran a confectionery shop.  John died at 60  Bridge Street  aged 73 years old and was buried on 15 November.

Ann Rich (née Prior)  (c.1835 – 8 August 1918)

Ann was the daughter of Charles and Mary and grew up at 20 New Street where her father was a publican. After she was widowed she continued to live at 60 Bridge Street with daughter Elizabeth and died there aged 83.

Elizabeth Rich (8 December 1862 – 5 November 1955)

Elizabeth was the only daughter of John and Ann and was baptised on 4 January 1863 . By 1939 she had retired from her business and was living at 7 Elmfield with housekeeper Bertha Cranfield. She died aged 92 years old.

Arthur John Rich (8 October 1867 – 13 December 1957)

John worked as a  solicitors clerk (1891) and later as a college clerk/accountant. He married Alice Coteman in 1904 and they had at least one son: Leslie Arthur (1904-1990) – although the inscription inferrs that they had more than one child. The couple lived at 63 Montague Road  and by 1939 Arthur had retired.  He died at the Evelyn Nursing Home aged 90.

Alice Maud Rich  (née Coteman) (21 July 1875 – 14 December 1960)

Alice was the daughter of John and Esther and grew up on Grange Road where her father was a domestic gardener. In 1901 Alice was working as a barmaid at the Criterion pub  in Market Passage and then married Arthur Rich.  She died at the Chesterton Hospital aged 85 years old.



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Alice Maud Rich; Ann Rich; Arthur John Rich; Elizabeth Rich; John Rich