CFHS code : AS300

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ALFRED RICHARD WHITTAKER d 25 Sept 1933 aged 61 also ANNIE MARIA [wife] d 4 Apr 1950 aged 77

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Whittaker headstone July 2017


The headstone has fallen and is concealed under a tree to the east of the west path in the north corner.


‘Sacred to the Memory of my beloved husband ALFRED RICHARD WHITTAKER
Who died September 25th 1933 aged 61 years’

“Loves last gift, Remembrance.”

Also ANNIE MARIA beloved wife of the above died April 4th 1950 aged 77 years’


Alfred Richard Whittaker (1871 – 25 September 1933)

Alfred was the son of Joseph and Anne  and  was baptised on 7 January 1872 in Chesterton. He grew up on Victoria Road (1891) and Joseph worked as a printer/compositor. Aged 19 Richard was working as a cook’s apprentice and later became a college cook .  He married  Annie Hall in 1896 and they had at least five children:  Florence Violet Annie (1895-1981), Ernest Alfred (1897-1902), Winifred Edith (1904-1989), Ernest Alfred (1906-1979) and Queenie Irene (1911-).

The family lived at 45 Montague Road (1901) and in April 1901 he was charged with driving a cart without a light on Bridge Street for which he received a 1s fine.  In August 1907 Alfred appeared in court again and was fined 1s and costs for allowing a ‘dog to stray onto the highway without having a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed there on’.

By 1911 Alfred had become a publican and was running the White Swan at 77 Norfolk Street.  Alfred seems to have combined running the White Swan with a haulage business.  In December 1917 he was awarded a twelve month contract by the Council to provide three horses and drivers for the coming year.  The Paving, Drainage and Lighting sub-committee had tendered the contract, and of the nine tenders received only Alfred’s was detailed enough to be awarded the contract.  Prior to this the council had hired horses/drivers on an ad-hoc basis, but the war had meant a reduction in availability and thus the decision to tender the contract.  In January 1918 there was an on going argument about this decision as it was felt three horses were not enough in able to collect refuge, do the work required etc. The disgruntled contractors who had not been awarded the contract argued that ‘the army had taken most of the best horses and every available man had been taken for military duty’ and it was felt that the terms of the council contract were not fair, as it levied fines for  non availability.  It was agreed that a bank of c.20 horses and drivers be made available for a month’s contact at a time.  In July 1918 Alfred applied for a three month conscription exemption for one of his refuge collectors – 44 year old Hugh Allhouse, which was granted.

Alfred died at the White Swan in September 1933.

Annie Maria Whittaker  (née Hall) (18 November 1872 – 4 April  1950)

Annie was the daughter of college bedmaker Caroline and grew up at 22 Kettles Yard (1881) and  1 Belmont Road (1891). Aged 18 she was working as a dressmaker before marrying Alfred Whittaker in 1896. After she was widowed she moved to live at 78 Young Street with children Ernest, Winnie and Queenie and worked as a coal merchant. She died at Young Street aged 77 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Alfred Richard Whittaker; Annie Maria Whittaker
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