CFHS code : MG239

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of JESSIE the dearly loved wife of ALFRED EDMUND SASSE b May 1st 1859 d September 6th 1890 also of ALFRED EDMUND SASSE priest Vicar of Husborne Crawley Bedfordshire d March 13th 1926 aged 67

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202189, 0.13726091 – click here for location

Sasse grave
Sasse headstone



Jessie Sasse (née Bacon)  (1 May 1859 – 6 September 1890)

Jessie was born in London and baptised on 22 May 1859 at St. Peter’s Church in Camden. She was the daughter of tabacconist James John Bacon and Martha (née Prowettt) and grew up in Cambridge where her father had a shop on Market Hill.  She married Alfred Sasse on 2 August 1888 at St. Mary the Great Church. They went to live in Headington, Oxford where Alfred was at the University. Jessie died at 12 Norham Road Oxford ‘after a long illness, most patiently endured, aged 31’.

Jessie’s brother Claude Edward Bacon is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery

Rev. Alfred Edmund Sasse (18 March 1859 – 13 March 1926)

Alfred was born in London and was the son of baker John and Mary Ann.  He married Jessie Bacon and then joined St. Mary Hall, Oxford (now part of Oriel College) as a mature student in January 1890.   He married for a second time on 22 March 1892 to Catherine Sidonia Showers (1870-1961) at St. James’ Church, Taunton.  The couple had three children:

Husborne Vicarage c.1920

Alfred was ordained in 1896 and worked as a curate in Luton, and in May 1914 was made Vicar of Husborne, near Woburn, Bedfordshire .  In 1911 the family were living at 23 St. Augustine’s Road, Bedford and he was marked as being ‘unbeneficed’ (without a parish). He died at the vicarage in Husborne and was buried with his first wife Jessie.

His widow Catherine went to live in  her native Taunton and died there in 1961.



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Alfred Edmund Sasse; Jessie Sasse