CFHS code : PL421

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM SURREY d March 16 1916 aged 72 also ELIZABETH his wife d Feb 18 1927 aged 78

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Surrey headstone 2016



William Surrey (11 June 1843 – 16 March 1916)

William’s surname was also  spelt Surry on some documents. He was born in Childerditch, near Brentwood, Essex and was the son of William and Lucy (née Wright) Surrey. William (Snr) was an agricultural labourer and aged 18 William (Jnr) was living in nearby Little Warley, working as a footman in the household of Charles and Charlotte Goune.

William Surrey

He later went to work  as a domestic butler in Cambridge and married Ann Bailey (1839-1880) in Cambridge in 1868.  The couple lived at ‘The Hermitage’, Pemberton Terrace (1871) and had at least seven children: Edith (1869-1889), William (1870-1922), Alice Mary (1872-1939), Allen (1874-1875), Ellen (1878-1964) and Arthur (1880-1949).  Ann died aged 40 years old, some months after giving birth to their youngest son. In 1881 William was living at the Hermitage with his sister Elizabeth as housekeeper and was documented as being a waiter.

He married for a second time  to Elizabeth Bradford on 21 June 1882 and they had a further three children: John Bertie (1883-1951), Daisy (1885-1886) and Louisa (1890-1899). They lived at 6 St. Paul’s Walk (1891) and 2 Terrace Lane (at least 1899-1913). In 1891/1901 he was documented as a waiter (inn) and in 1911 as a ‘college carver’.

This photo is taken outside the University Arms hotel c.1895.  William Surrey is standing on the back of the coach, nearest to the hotel. The photo was as his role of footman to the Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Frederick Nathan Sharpe. By 1914 William and Elizabeth had moved to live at 10, Royal Albert almshouses on Hills Road, and he died there aged  72 years old. His funeral took place on 20 March.

Elizabeth Surrey (née Bradford) (1847 – 18 February 1927)

Elizabeth Surrey (née Bradford)

Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Ann and was born in Waterbeach. Her father was a gardener/farmer and she grew up at Denny End, Waterbeach. In 1871/1881 she was living at 16 Benet Street and working as a housemaid for the Mortlock banking family. After she was widowed Elizabeth continued to live at 10 Royal Albert almshouses and died at the Mill Road Infirmary. Her age was given as 78 on the grave monument, but she was actually 79 years old.

William and Elizabeth’s daughters Daisy and Louisa were buried in a grave in the St. Paul’s area of the cemetery, which has not yet been identified. They were buried in a grave with his first wife Ann, son Allen and daughter Edith.



Parish burial records

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Surrey; William Surrey