CFHS code : AG349

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of GEORGE WICKS d Dec 23 1851 aged 53

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

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Wicks monument February 2018



Sacred to the Memory of GEORGE WICKS who died Dec 23 1851 aged 53 years

George Wicks (1798 – 1851)

George was the eldest son of Thomas & Mary Wicks. His father Thomas was cook at Emmanuel College.  George was baptised in Tuddenham on 10th July 1798 (where his mother was born & married) and brought up in Cambridge, with  4 younger siblings, .somewhere in the parish of St Bennet  His mother died when he was 10 and his father married again 2 years later. The family then moved to 23 St Andrew’s Street.
George also became a cook and on December 26th 1820 married Sarah Burbage  at the church of St Andrew the Great. Sarah was the daughter of Matthew &  Ann Burbage. Matthew was butler at Emmanuel College. 

It is not thought that George & Sarah had any children. They lived in Fitzwilliam Street and by 1851 George was running the kitchen at Corpus Christi college and employing 4 men and 3 women.
In the summer of that year he bought a house at 31 St Andrew’s Street. There was a dispute over a bow window which was reported in the paper and from that we learn that he – bought the house for his wife who liked bow windows and that he was ill at this time. An illness that he seemed not to to have recovered from as he  died 6 months later, This was only 9 months after the death of his father.

By January the 3rd the Rev Mr Fenwick had been appointed cook at Corpus Christi. He was already a fellow at the college and presumably could easily nip from the chapel to the kitchens. 

We have no record of Sarah’s death. (1798 – ? )

by Mary Naylor

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