CFHS code : CL148

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ANNIE ELIZABETH SPINKS the only child of J H SPINKS d Nov 28 1886 aged 11 ANNIE SPINKS d Dec 19 1894 aged 63

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202603, 0.1382028 – click here for location

Spinks headstone March 2018



the only child of J H SPINKS died Nov. 28. 1886 aged 11 years

“Set your affections on things above
And not nothings of the earth.”


A light is ……. household gone
A ……….. stilled
See Below

ANNIE SPINKS died Dec 19 1894 aged 63 years

“A light from the household is gone
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.”

Relationship: Husband, wife and granddaughter

Annie Elizabeth Spinks (1875 -28 November 1886)

Annie was the daughter of Joseph Henry Spinks (1851-1921) and Sarah Elizabeth (née Dawson) (1852-1878).  Her parents ran a shoe shop at 12 King’s Parade and Sarah Spinks died there in February 1878 aged 26 years old.  Annie went to live with her father and paternal grandparents at 8 St Clement Place (later known as Portugal Place) and died aged 11 years old.

Annie Spinks (née Asplen) (1829 – 19 December 1894)

Annie was the daughter of Joseph and Ann and was baptised on 26 July 1829 at St. Mary the Great Church. She worked as a launderess before marrying shoemaker Hammond Spinks (1825 -1913) in 1851.  They had one son: Joseph Henry and lived at 8 Clement Place.  Ann worked as a college bedmaker at King’s College and died as a result of an accident whilst at work. On Sunday 16 December she left home at 6am as usual and at c.8.45am fell off a chair in college and landed on her chest.  She called for help from Montagu Eley, a  college shoeblack who was working nearby and he put her in an armchair and gave her some brandy.  She went home for some hours, but was admitted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital later on Sunday afternoon and died on Wednesday at 6.30am.  A post mortem showed damage to her liver, which was thought to have been the cause of death.  An inquest was held and a verdict of ‘accidental death’ was returned.

From Parish burial records we know that Hammond Spinks was also buried in the St. Clement area of Mill Road Cemetery, and is thought to have been buried with his wife

Hammond Spinks (1825 – 27 October 1913)

Hammond was born in Mildenhall and worked as a cordwainer and later shoemaker.  By at least 1851 he had moved to live in Cambridge and married Ann Asplen when he was c.26 years old. He served as a parish constable for the parish of St. Clements and was a member of the Oddfellows. In January 1900 he was awarded a place at the Victoria Friendly Society’s Asylum – which was a form of almshouse for infirm members of the town’s Benefit Societies.  Places were awarded as a result of member’s voting and in 1900 there were four places and fifteen candidates. Hammond topped the votes with 419 votes and went to live at the Asylum and the unsuccessful candidate were given either 20s or 10s each depending on circumstance. As a resident he received ‘£1, 6s and 8d monthly, half a ton of coals quarterly and 12lbs of candles yearly’. He lived at G17 and died at the Asylum aged 88 years old.



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Parish bural records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Annie Spinks; Annie Elizabeth Spinks; Hammond Spinks
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