CFHS code : PL54

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : WILLIAM HENRY SAVILLE of Newmarket d July 21 1902

Monument : Stone cross (base only)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Henry Saville (c.1853 – 21 July 1902)

William was born in Camden, the son of Henry and Emily. In 1871 was working in Ickleton as a grocer’s apprentice to Sydney Tebbit. He married Gertrude Eastwell (1859-1957) in 1881 in Soham. Gertrude’s father Alfred was a grocer in Soham.

Newspaper advert from 1889

In June 1889 he took over an existing bakery/confectionery business in Newmarket which had been run by Charles Diver prior to his retirement.  Henry advertised extensively in local newspapers and at Easter 1896 advertised: ‘HOT CROSS BUNS! HOT CROSS BUNS! W.H. Saville respectfully asks his customers to place their orders early for Buns, to save disappointment. EASTER EGGS! EASTER EGGS! Everyone should see Saville’s Grand Display of Easter Eggs’.

Advert July 1902

He was very entrepreneurial and advertised to school managers that he also supplied ‘school treats’ at very reasonable charges, in addition to mineral waters and that he offered free delivery within 10 miles of Newmarket. Adverts from 1891 advertised the business as supplying ‘soups, fish, entrees, jellies, creams, and all choice made dishes, wedding breakfasts, receptions and ball suppers’ and that ‘Saville’s guinea bride cake is the best value in the world’. However he specialised in catering and it was reported ‘his services as caterer were much in request. 

The Cambridge Daily News reported his death on 21 July which read ‘Death of Mr Saville of Newmarket. A telegram from Great Yarmouth announces the death there, this afternoon, of William Henry Saville, proprietor of Saville’s Restarauant, Newmarket and a well-known local caterer.  Deceased with his wife drove to Yarmouth after the races last week.  He was then apparently in his usual health, but before reaching his destination he was taken ill. On arriving at Yarmouth a doctor, who was summoned found deceased suffering from perityphilitis (appendicitis). He gradually got worse, and this morning his sister was telegraphed for’.

His funeral took place on 23 July and the body was brought by train from Great Yarmouth to Cambridge that morning.  The Newmarket Journal reported that the coffin was ‘met at the station by several of the deceased’s friends from Newmarket. The Coffin which was of oak…was almost completely hidden, as it lay in the hearse, by floral tributes’.  They wrote a short obituary which said ‘though he never sought public office Mr Saville was associated with more than one local organisation. He was one of the founders of the Newmarket Horticultural Society and some years ago was presented with a silver cup in recognition of the service he had rendered the Society. He was a member of the Etheldreda Lodge of Freemasons and had a very wide circle of friends, but whom he will be greatly missed. Mr Saville was 49 years of age and leaves a widow but no children’.

 His widow moved to live at Chesterton Road and died aged 98 years old.


From Parish burial records it is known that William’s mother Emily was also buried in the same grave.

Emily Saville (née Wallis) (25 February 1819 – 17 April 1888)

Emily was baptised in Haslingfield on 2 June 1819 and was the daughter of  Thomas and  Emma.  Thomas had a farm on the Barton Road in Haslingfield where he farmed  114 acres and employed 7 agricultural labourers (1851). Emily married Henry Saville (1805-) and they had at least six children: Wallis Henry (1851-1867), Emma Henrietta (1852-1931), William Henry,  Thomas Allen (1856-1918), Florence Annie (1858-1873) and Mary (1861-).

Henry was a draper when they married, and the family lived in Camden from at least 1852-1856. In 1861 the family were living at 7 Lower Villas Road in Plumstead, Kent and Henry was documented as a book keeper in the Civil Service. It is not known when Henry died, but by 1871 Emily was a widow and lodging in Ickleton with youngest daughter Mary.  In 1881 she was running a Lodging House at 12 Clarendon Road, Cambridge and died at 66 Union Terrace. Her funeral took place on 20 April 1888.




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