CFHS code : AG123

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : JOHN STUBBLEFIELD 1842 – 1923 SAE STUBBLEFIELD 1851 – 1953 2nd wife of JS SARAH 1835 – 1892 wife of JOHN STUBBLEFIELD

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202798, 0.13688038 – click here for location

Stubblefield grave
Stubblefield kerb stones


White marble kerb stones. In the parish area of St Andrew the Great, this grave is located between the west path and central path, just south of the path leading to the centre circle. The kerb stones are without ornament, and the austere inscription is engraved around the upper faces.


‘Sarah 1835-1892
wife of John Stubblefield’

‘John Stubblefield 1842-1923’

‘S A E Stubblefield 1851-1953
2nd wife of J S’

Stubblefield inscription

Sarah Stubblefield  (née Littlechild) (1835 – 26 August 1892)

Sarah was born in Duxford, a village south of Cambridge and was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Littlechild.  She grew up in Duxford where her father was a wheelwright.  Aged 16 (1851) she was working  as a parlourmaid to the Randall family who lived on Trumpington Street.  In 1861 she was living in Hougham, Kent and was in service to the Rev. Charles Marston.  She married gardener John Stubblefield in 1866.  The couple initially lived at the Lodge at Hemingford Park Hall in Hemingford Abbots (1871) where John was a gardener on the estate.  They then moved to 3 Drummer Street when he became a gardener at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  Sarah died at Drummer Street aged 57 years old in 1892.

John Stubblefield (1842 – 26 January 1923)head gardener of Emmanuel College – see also Life Story page

John Stubblefield was born in the village of Newton, south of Cambridge.  He was baptised there on 13 February 1842.  He grew up in Church End, Newton and was the son of Job and Mary (née Winnall) Stubblefield.  Job Stubblefield worked as an agricultural worker, and aged 19 (1861) John too was working as an agricultural labourer.  He married Sarah Littlechild in  1866.  By 1877 he was named ‘upper gardener’ a Emmanuel College,  a wage of 27 shillings a week (= £70 a year).  He had retired by 1918.

He was widowed when he was c.50 years old, and married Sarah Payne in 1895.  They lived at 13 Melbourn Place (1901 onwards).    He died at Melbourn Place on January 26, 1923 and was buried on January 29.  His College obituary describes him as having been the ‘head gardener for half a  century’.  John played a full role in Cambridge life and was Vice-president of the Mill Road Amateur Gardeners (1914),  Representative of  St Andrew’s Ward on the Cambridge Board of Guardians (1918),  Head judge of the Police Vegetable Show (1918) and Churchwarden of St Andrew the Great (1909) amongst other roles.   His name featured often in the newspapers of the time in relation to the numerous prizes he won at vegetable and flower shows. For example in 1904 he won prizes for his table decoration, buttonhole  and sweet peas at the Mill Road, Barnwell and New Town Amateur Gardeners’ Association Exhibition. Gardening was clearly a passion of his as well as a job.

Sarah Ann Ellet Stubblefield (nee Payne) (23 August 1851 – 10 December 1953)

Sarah Ann was born in Chigwell Row in Essex.  She was baptised at St Mary the Virgin Church, Chigwell on 4 June 1854.  She was the daughter of blacksmith William Payne and his wife Sarah (née Whitby).  In 1881 she was living at home with her widowed mother and was described on the census of that year as an unemployed domestic servant.  In 1891 she was living in Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was a housemaid to the Master – Samuel Phear.  It was probably through her job that she met John Stubblefield and married him in 1895 when she was c.44 years old.

After being widowed she went to live in Wallington in Surrey, and in 1939 was living with a Herbert and Mary Gray, who might have been relatives.  She died at 46 Park Gate Road in Wallington aged 102.

Emmanuel College Magazine, vol. xxiii (1922/23), p. 61


Newspaper archives

By Amanda Goode, Archivist, Emmanuel College (with Ian Bent): Additional research by Claire Martinsen

John Stubblefield; Sarah Stubblefield; Sarah Ann Ellet Stubblefield