Parish – Andrew the Great

This set of kerbstones was not recorded in the CFHS survey in 2020.

Walter’s Inscription on one of the kerbstones.


A set of broken kerbstones under a large laurel bush 2 rows from the west wall and close to other family monuments.


We have not yet recorded the entire inscription but are able to see that it is written in metal letters and Walter’s name is intact

Relationship – Husband & Wife

Walter Goodliffe (Jan. 5. 1852 -1928)

Walter Goodliffe’s Invention for a bed rest.

Walter was the youngest child  of John & Charlotte Goodliffe.   He was baptised at All Saint’s church on February 29th 1852. John was a butcher and Walter was brought up in York St and 26 Sidney St. His father died when he was 5 years old and his mother took over the butcher’s shop. He attended the Perse school in Cambridge and in 1871 was admitted as a pensioner (paid his own fees) at Corpus Christie college, gaining a BA in 1876 and MA in 1879. In 1876 he was ordained as a deacon in Norwich and as a priest in 1877. By 1878 he was curate at St Mary’s church Somerleyton  and  St Mary’s church, Ashby in Suffolk. The former being close to Somerleyton Hall and the latter an isolated church with a population of 110 in scattered farms and hamlets. He lived at the rectory with only a female servant and a 14 year old male servant, for company, it may have been rather lonely. 1891 finds him living on Park Side, Cambridge and employed as a classical tutor. He also tried his hand at inventing and patented this adaption for a bed rest in England in 1891. The image here for the American patent in 1893. As Rosa and her sister Elizabeth were witnesses to this patent it is clear that Rosa & Walter knew each other for several years before their marriage  in  1897.  It is possible that being a Clerk in Holy orders did not support even a modest household as in the 1901 census he was also employed as a florist and fruit grower. This did not suffice and in June 1901 he was declared bankrupt while living in Worthing. He  seems to have weathered the storm as by  1911 he & Rosa were living in in Horsham, Sussex and although still a clerk in Holy orders he was also a financial  advisor working in the City of London and an employer.

He died in the registration district of Romford  and was buried in Cambridge on August 29th 1928.

Rosa Goodliffe. A picture from the Whitmore family Album.

Rosa Goodliffe (1854 -8/1937)

Rosa was the 2nd daughter of George & Mary Whitmore. She was born on April 14th 1854 in Norfolk, there is some confusion about exactly where but she was delivered by a surgeon in Norwich rather than Salle where George and Mary were then living. She had an elder sister Elisabeth and a younger brother George Frederick. 
Her parents moved to Cambridge where her father was a wine merchant. She lived at home looking after the children of her widowed sister and then her father until her marriage to curate Walter Goodliffe on 30th August 1897 aged 43 yrs, in Silver Hills, Hastings. They settled for a while in Worthing, Sussex and then Sutton in Surrey.  We assume that Rosa returned to Cambridge after Walter’s death as she died at  Glisson Rd aged 83.

by Mary Naylor with thanks to Tony Whitmore 


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Rosa Goodliffe; Walter Goodliffe