CFHS code : HT364

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : GEORGE WILLIAM SMITH d Nov 26th 1936 aged 70 WILLIAM SELL d August 14th 191[4] aged 74 FLORENCE MARY ANN SMITH d May 18th 1951 aged 79 MARIANE SELL d Dec 9 1924 aged 83

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Sell and Smith kerb stones


This set of kerb stones are located in the south east corner of the cemetery, one row to the west of the south east path on the bend in the path but often covered in vegetation.  Although two kerbs have fallen all the kerbs and at least 2twocorner posts were present in March 2018.


WILLIAM SELL died August 14th 1914 aged 74

MARIANE SELL died Dec 9 1924 aged 83

GEORGE WILLIAM SMITH died Nov 26th 1936 aged 70

FLORENCE MARY ANN SMITH died May 18th 1951 aged 79

William Sell (1840 – 1914)

William was born in Cambridge to William, a groom (b.1813) and Susanna Sell (b.1815). He had a twin brother, Charles, who was deaf, and four younger siblings; James (b 1843), Ann (b 1844) Eliza (b 1846) and Julia (b 1849). They lived in Black Lion Yard, Silver Street. William worked for one of the colleges. When he died he was living in the family home at 3 Little St Mary’s Terrace.

William married Mary Ann (Mariane) on June 24th 1869. They lived at 6 Granta Place, Mill Lane. They had four children;  Florence Mary Ann (b 1871, ) Herbert William (b 1874) and Ethel (b 1878).

Mariane Sell (1841 – 1924) 

Mariane (often written as Mary Ann) was the third of at least six children born to William and Elizabeth of Great Shelford. Her father was an agricultural labourer. In 1861 she was working as a domestic servant in the house of Henry Holt, a leather seller. (Could she have met George through his connections to the leather trade as his father was by this time a leather merchant?) Mariane died on 9th December 1924 aged 83.

George William Smith (1866 – 1936) 

George was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire to John and Elizabeth Smith. His father was a leather cutter and his mother a machinist. He had at least four  siblings:  Emily (b 1857), Eliza J (b 1859), Harry (b 1862) and Kate (b 1864). According to the 1881 census the head of the family was his mother Elizabeth Smith, George was 14 and was working as a Butcher boy. It is not known where his father was but his mother was listed as a wife not a widow. It is possible that his job as a leather merchant meant he travelled. Sometime in the 1890s George moved to Cambridge to work as a butcher for Eastmans Ltd.  George married Florence Mary Ann Sell on April 17th 1899 at St Barnabas church Mill Road, Cambridge.  George, who was now 32, was manager of Eastman’s butcher’s shop at 54 Mill Road and the couple moved into the flat above.

They had three children; Cecil George William (b 1900),  Jack Leslie (b 1902) and Kate Doris (b 1906).

Florence and her three children

Sometime after 1911 the family moved to 1 Granta Place, Mill Lane. The University Centre now stands on the site. George worked for Eastmans for 36 years.
Descendants of George and Florence still live in the Cambridge area, including his 86 year old granddaughter, four great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and two great great great grandchildren.

Florence Mary Ann Smith ( 1871 -1951)

Florence on a day out

Florence was born in Granta Place, Cambridge, the eldest child of William and Mary Ann Sell, and was baptised at the church of St Mary the Less on November 5th 1871.  She had one brother Herbert William (b 1874) and a sister Ethel (b 1878). Her father worked as a groom for a college and the family lived at Milligan’s Buildings and 3 Little St Mary’s Terrace.

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Edited by Mary Naylor from information supplied by Trevor Burling descendant of the above.

Mariane Sell; William Sell; Florence Mary Ann Smith; George William Smith