CFHS code : BE97

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Memory of ANNE WEBSTER b June 9 1828 d May 15 1906 also JAMES WEBSTER b June 21 1821 d Feb 7 1917

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in January .2019


The monument is hidden under a bush four rows from the west path. The top section was broken when it fell over 20 years ago but the inscription is still legible.


born June 9 1828 died May 15 1906

born June 21 1821 died Feb 7 1917

Ann Webster (née Lidington)  (9 June 1828 – 15 May 1906)

Ann was the daughter of Richard and was born in London. She married widower James Webster on 26 September 1866  at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, London.  They lived at Downing College until at least 1881, and then at Regent Street (1891/1901) after James retired.  Ann died at 81 Regent Street, Cambridge aged 77.

James Webster (21 June 1821 – 7 February 1917)

James was the son of Jeremiah and Sarah and was baptised at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square on 15 July 1821.  Aged 20 he was working as a servant to Sir Hudson Lowe at Dover Street, London. Sir Hudson died in 1844 and James then moved to Downing College where he was porter  and later College butler.

James married Emma Gillett (1821-1864) at St. George’s Church on 10 November 1849 and they lived at the Porter’s Lodge at the college (1851). James and Emma had at least five children: Walter (1851-), Edward (1853-1901), Elizabeth (1856-), Adelaide (1857-) and Susan (Susie) (1860-). By at least 1861 James was College Butler of Downing College and lived at the College.  He was widowed in March 1864 and then married Ann.

They retired to live at Regent Street, and in 1911 he was living there with his widowed daughter Susie Tams, and domestic servant Sarah Clifton.  James died at 81 Regent Street, Cambridge aged 95 and was buried on 10 February.

As the burial register shows that Emma Webster and Edward Webster were also buried in this parish it is reasonable to suppose that they were also buried in this grave.

Emma Webster (née Gillett) (c.1821 – 17 March 1864)

Emma was the daughter of  office clerk James Gillett and was born in London. She married James Webster when she was c.28 years old and died at Downing College aged 43 years old. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 22 March.

Edward Webster (1853 – 14 February 1901)

Edward was the second son of James and Emma and lived at home with his father and mother/stepmother.  He was not noted as having an occupation on any of the census records and died at Regent Street aged 58 years old. He was buried on 18 February 1901.



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