CFHS code : MC55

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : also In Loving Memory of GEORGE SHAW d Aug 11 1910 also GEORGE EDWARD youngest child of the above d Dec 20 1933  And Mary Ann Shaw Grace Shaw & Frances Shaw ( This inscription was incomplete see full inscription below)

Monument : Stone cross/Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20263, 0.13773576 – click here for location

Shaw grave
Shaw monument


This sturdy cross stands a few rows east of the centre circle.


Side 1

In Loving Memory Mary Ann Shaw wife of George Shaw
Who entered into rest Sep.3.1900.

“Until we meet again”

Also Grace fourth daughter of the above

Who fell asleep April 18 1908.

“He Giveth His beloved rest”

Also Frances Shaw (remainder hidden)

Side 2

Also In Loving Memory of GEORGE SHAW d Aug 11 1910

Also GEORGE EDWARD youngest child of the above d Dec 20 1933

Mary Ann Shaw (née Smith)  (c 1838 -1900)

Mary Ann was baptised in Stretham, Cambridgeshire on August 4th 1839. She was the daughter of Thomas and Ann Smith. Her father, an  agricultural labourer and later a waterman,  was from Norfolk and her mother from Wisbech St Mary.   She grew up in Murrow a hamlet 6 miles west of Wisbech. By 1861 she was working as a housemaid for the Martin Family.
She married George Shaw in Grantchester on 6th October 1863 after which they moved into Cambridge. They had at least 9 children: Ellen Elizabeth (Nellie) [1864-], Marian [1865-], Frances [1867-1948], Hubert Norman [1869-1938], Grace [1871-1908], Florence M [1873-], Emily Kate [1875-], Lucy Smith [1878-] and George Edward [1879-1933]. The first 3 children were baptised in the parish of St Andrew the Less soon after their births when the family were living at 17 Clarendon Street and the remaining six were baptised at St Luke’s church Chesterton on March 27th 1880.
Mary Ann ran lodging houses with her husband until her death at the age of 62.

Grace Shaw (1871 – 1908)

Grace was the 5th child of George & Mary Ann Shaw. In 1891 she was working as a servant a draper’s house in Chelsea.
She died at 1 Trinity St aged 37

George Shaw (c.1835 – 11 August 1910)

George was born in Reach in Cambridgeshire.  He was the son of Joseph and Emily Shaw.  Aged 15 [1851] he was living on Trinity Street in Cambridge and was a servant to a tea dealer. In 1861 he was living with his parents at 18 Shelly Row and was working as a college servant.

By 1881 the family were living on Benson Street, and George was by then an ‘inn servant’.  From 1883 to at least 1888 he was running a lodging house at 18 Trinity Street.  In 1891-1892 he was in Kelly’s Directory as running a lodging house at 4 Corn Exchange Street.  And from 1895 until he died he ran a lodging house at 38 Trinity Street.  He died in August 1910 at Trinity Street.

George Edward Shaw (1879 – 20 December 1933)

George was the youngest son of George and Mary Ann Shaw.  The baptism record shows that Edward was his first name and he appears to have been known as Edward throughout his life.  He grew up at Benson Street, and was living there with his parents and siblings in 1881 aged 2 years old.  When his parents moved to run their various lodging houses around the city, Edward stayed living at Benson Street with his elder sisters Ellen, Frances, Kate and Lucy [1891].  When he was 21 years old [1901] he was living at 4 Benson Street with his sisters Frances [a laundress] and Florence [an assistant school teacher].  He was working as a scientific instrument maker by this point.

In 1911 he was working for the Tintometer Scientific works as a brass worker, and lodging at 7 Albert Terrace, Salisbury in Wiltshire.  He was back living in Cambridge by 1930, and was living with his entrepreneurial sister Frances  [the laundress] at 14 Huntingdon Road.  He died aged 54 years old.

Marion Shaw (1865 – 1937)

We have not found Marion’s inscription but know that she is buried in this parish. Marion was the second child of George & Mary Ann Shaw. She worked as a schoolmistress and in 1891 was lodging at 54 Cambridge Street in Battersea, London. She died at the Evelyn nursing home aged 71

Frances Shaw (8th July 1867 – 1946)

Frances was the third child of George & Mary Ann Shaw. For many years she ran a laundry and after retirement and the death of her siblings she took in a lodger at 14 Huntingdon Road which is where she died  aged 80.


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Frances Shaw; Grace Shaw; George Shaw; George Edward Shaw; Mary Ann Shaw