CFHS code : PL356

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : JOSEPH WENTWORTH d March 31st 1877 aged 81 MARTHA second daughter of JOSEPH WENTWORTH d Dec 29 1877

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Joseph Wentworth (1795 – 31 March 1877)

Joseph was the son of Daniel and Mary and was baptised on 15 July 1795 at Holy Sepulchre Church. He married Martha Furbank (1795-) on 2 May 1820 at All Saints’ Church, Fulbourn and they had at least five children: Louisa Avery (1821-1888), Martha (1823-1877), Joseph (1828-1881), Charles (1830-1838) and Eliza (1832-1896). Joseph was an auctioneer and auctioned much of the property and goods in Cambridge.  The business was located on the corner of St. John’s Street (1839) and later it was known as ‘Wentworth and Son, auctioneers, valuers and estate-agents’ and was located opposite Trinity College (1849). It is believed that he was widowed c.1837 and was living at Trinity Street in 1841 before moving to live at  Lensfield, 1 Hills Road (at least 1851 onwards).

He died at home aged 81 years old and the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal printed an obituary which read ‘it is our duty this week to record the removal by death of one of the landmarks of our borough. Mr Joseph Wentworth, so long and so honourably known in public and private business,died early on Saturday morning…A staunch Conservative in politics, Mr Wentworth was a member of the Old Corporation in the late Duke of Rutland’s day. He was also an Alderman of the new Corporation but resigned his seat about twenty years ago during a severe illness. Of late years he had devoted himself chiefly to the duties of a magistrate of the borough, and was frequent in his attendance on the Bench. Besides being a trustee of the Cambridge Savings Bank, he was a Director of both the Gas and the Water Companies of the town, where his extended practical knowledge was of great service. Active and attentive to business..he was a gentleman held in the highest esteem by his fellow townsmen and all who had commercial transactions with him. Although his well known form had been missing from the Guildhall since December last, and he had been confined to his room for six weeks, he retained his wonted cheerfulness to the last, and quietly passed away…from sheer old age’.

Martha Wentworth (1823 – 29 December 1877)

Sale of the Lensfield Estate January 1878

Martha was the second daughter of Joseph and Martha and was baptised on 9 February 1823. She lived with her father until his death and died ‘very suddenly’ at St. Leonard’s on Sea, Sussex aged 54 years old. Her body was brought back to Cambridge and she was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on New Year’s Day 1878.

After Martha’s death Joseph’s house and gardens – known as the Lensfield Estate was auctioned.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

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Joseph Wentworth; Martha Wentworth