CFHS code : HT203

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HENRY STARR d 28 Nov 1896 aged 58 also REBECCA STARR daughter d 16 April 1899 aged 17

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Henry Starr (1838 – 28 November 1896)

Henry was born in Ely and was the son of Ralph and Mary (née Adams). His father was a baker, and Henry grew up at Goal Lane, Ely.  He married Mary Ann Frost (1843-1929) on 4 May 1865 at All Saints’ Church, West Ham and they had  ten children: Ralph (1866-1950), James (1869-1950), Henry (1870-1954), Eliza (1872-1946), Elizabeth (1874-1954), William (1878-1943), Rebecca (1881-1899), Mary Eleanor (1884-) and two more children who died as infants.  Son Ralph was born in East London, but they had moved to  at Goal Lane, Ely by the time James was born in 1869.  Henry Starr worked as a shoemaker and the family moved to Trinity Place, Cambridge by 1874.

Henry was also a local preacher and member of the Salvation Army.  He was summoned to court several times for ‘making a violent out cry, noise and disturbance’ whilst preaching.  On one such occassion in May 1881 William Beales Redfarn testified in court that Henry Starr had preached ‘in a very loud tone’ outside his house in Parkside.  When William approached him ‘he took off his hat and commenced to pray in an extraordinary manner for everybody in general. At the end of that he said ‘now we will do a little business’ and he tried to sell copies of the War Cry and pamphlets.  This is a frequent occurrence and I have often been upset by the noise so that I cannot get on with my work’.  The Mayor noted that he had spoken to Henry Starr on several occasions to no avail and he was fined £2 plus costs, or one months imprisonment.

The week after the trial the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal printed a short piece entitled Street Disturbance ‘with respect to the prosecution of Henry Starr for this offence we hear it suggested that Mr. Redfarn was hasty or uncharitable.  It is to be borne in mind, however, that Mr Redfarn is not alone. Neighbours of his are with him and the Mayor fully concurred in the annoyance which the defendant occasioned. It will be seen by our police report that the defendant’s behaviour was really a public scandal’.

Henry died at 72 King Street and his funeral took place on 2 December 1896.

Rebecca Starr (1881 – 16 April 1899)

Rebecca died at 72 King Street aged 17 years old.

Henry’s widow Mary died in 1929 in Cambridge, but is not believed to have been buried in the same grave.  Their son Ralph Starr, ran a photography business in Cambridge and served as Mayor from 1918-1919.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Henry Starr; Rebecca Starr