CFHS code : AL494 and AL495

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory MARK SHELDRICK d Jan 23 1892 aged [41] over 20 years member of the Boro Police Force also MARY ANN wife of the above d Dec 12 1892 aged 4[3] WILLIAM HENRY SHELDRICK d Jan 12 1892 aged 15

Monument : Headstone (fallen and broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203969, 0.137627 – click here for location

Sheldrick grave
Sheldrick monument


This grave is located in the northerly part of the St Andrew the Less section of Mill Road Cemetery, to the west of the footpath leading from the Norfolk Street entrance to the central path. It is now lying within the kerb stones of another grave (that of the Goymer family), but has been moved from a position south and west of where it now lies.

The grave comprises a sandstone headstone, with a separate plaque. The headstone, the exact shape of which cannot now be determined, has broken into several pieces and its surface has eroded. Some of the inscription transcribed a decade ago is no longer legible.


‘In loving memory of Mark Sheldrick
who died Jan 23 1892 aged [41] years
over 20 years member of the Boro Police Force’

‘also Mary Ann wife of the above
who died Dec 12 1892 aged 4[3] years’

‘[also] William Henry Sheldrick
who died Jan 12 1892 aged 15’

[illegible quotation]

separate plaque:
‘In loving memory of
Charlotte E Sheldrick
died 20th Feb 1968 aged 90 years’

“At rest”

Mark Sheldrick (1851-1892)policeman – see also Life Story page

PC 16 Mark Sheldrick was born in Thriplow, a village south of Cambridge now famous for its annual daffodil festival, in 1851. He was the second of seven children of Henry and Esther Sheldrick, both Thriplow-born. Henry was a farm worker, and by 1861, at the age of 11, Mark had followed his father on to the land, as had his older and younger brothers (13 and 9 – note at how young an age boys went to work in those days!).

Sometime during the next 10 years, Mark turned his back on farm work and Thriplow: by 1871 he was living at 36 Bradmore Street, off East Road in Cambridge, where at 21 he had joined the Borough Police Force.

Mary Ann Sheldrick (d 1892)

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William Henry Sheldrick (d 1892)

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Charlotte E. Sheldrick (d 1968)

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1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 census reports
Spalding’s street directories
death certificates Cambridge County Council; Watch Committee minute books (Shire Hall Archive)
communication from Melissa McGreechan

By Ian Bent

Charlotte E. Sheldrick; Mark Sheldrick; Mary Ann Sheldrick; William Henry Sheldrick