CFHS code : AL366

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH illegible d October 6 1895 also of CHARLES WEBB their son ——– [1923] aged [77] also EMMA THURGOOD d Jan 21 19[2]4 aged [67]

Monument : Stone cross (fallen and broken)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Elizabeth Thorogood (née Vaughan) (1839-6 October 1895)

Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Mary Vaughan and  grew up at 51 Castle Street. Her father was a plumber and aged 21 Elizabeth was working as a servant for Elizabeth Thrower at Addenbrooke Place (1861).  She married Charles Thorogood on 4 September 1867 at St. Giles’ Church and they had at least one daughter: Florence Elizabeth (1868-1922). Charles was a college servant and they lived at Victoria Road (1871),  18 Clarendon Road (1891) and then John Street. Elizabeth died at home – her death certificate recorded her age as 51, but her age ‘decreased’ on census returns after her marriage to Charles. She was older than him, which presumably made her want to reduce her age. It is believed she was 56 years old when she died and her funeral was held at Mill Road Cemetery on 10 October.

Charles Webb Thurgood (1846 – 1 November 1923)

Charles was the son of John and Mary Ann (née Webb) and was born in Newmarket. His surname was spelt Thurgood at birth, became Thorogood during his marriage to Elizabeth and appears to have reverted back to Thurgood towards the end of his life. John Thurgood was a maltster and in 1851 the family were living at Worsted Lodge, Balsham. Charles worked as an under butler at Caius College, before starting work at Christ’s College in c.1864. After Elizabeth’s death he married Emma Wells in 1897 and the couple continued to live at John Street.

In January 1920 the Cambridge Daily News ran an article entitled ‘The Oldest College Servant’ where Charles was identified as being the longest serving college servant in the town. He was 73 years old and still working as an assistant porter at Christ’s after 56 years service there and was doing ‘all sorts of odd jobs’. The reporter noted ‘when I rang him up on the telephone to confirm the information I had received, he told me in a cheery voice that he had never felt better in his life. He has never been away from college for a single hour on account of illness. Asked to what he attributed this splendid record he replied ‘Careful living, I have endevoured to lead a regular life and I don’t stop up late’ ‘You are not a tea totaler I suppose?  I remarked. ‘No’ was the answer. ‘I like a glass of beer, but only one. I have my glass and my pipe at nine o’clock and am in bed by ten’. In his young days Mr. Thurgood was keenly interested in rowing and rowed three times in  races against C.S.B.C. He has worked under four Masters at Christ’s. His is indeed, a record to be proud of and I hope he may still further improve on it’.  Charles  died at home aged 77 years  old.

Emma Ann Thurgood (née Wells) (1855 – 21 January 1924)

Emma was born in Whepstead, a village to the south of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. Her parents were agricutural labourer Henry Wells and Mary (née Clarke). Emma worked as domestic servant prior to her marriage to Charles Thurgood. In 1881 she was at the Rectory in Rede, Suffolk where she was working for Rev. George Thurner and his family. By 1891 she had moved to Cambridge and was Cook for widow Mary Phelps who lived at Park Terrace. Emma died at John Street.



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Charles Webb Thurgood; Elizabeth Thorogood; Emma Thurgood