Cambridgeshire - Shudy Camps


Above: St Mary's Shudy Camps from the from the front





Below: St Mary's from the graveyard in the rear

St Mary's Church

The church of St. Mary, an edifice of rubble in the Perpendicular style, is said to have been originally built about the year 1060; it consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells, and was restored during the period 1870-91, at a cost of 540: there are 240 sittings, 145 being free. The register dates from the year 155l."

[Kelly's Directory- Cambridgeshire - 1929].

Below: In the shade of some trees lies the following grave:
IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF MY ONLY BELOVED SON
AND LOVING HUSBAND OF MAJORIE HIS WIFE
SIG. CHARLES DAWSON
KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE DECEMBER 7TH 1943
AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO OF HIS FATHER
FREDERICK CHARLES DAWSON
WHO FELL ASLEEP JINE 12TH 1944



Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2000

A series of three crosses sit together in the graveyard shadowed by the church. These all relate to the Thornton family. The Rev. Canon Frederick Ferdinand Martin Schleicher Thornton, born 1845, was Honorary Canon of Ely and J.P. for the county of Cambridge. He was also Chairman of Guardians and District Council. His residence was Shudy Camps Hall which stands in Bartlow. He was a member of the Royal Societies. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin. His career covered being Curate of Ringmere, 1872; Vicar of Preston Deanery, Nortants, 1874; Vicar of St. Sepulchre's, Northampton, 1879; Rector of Downham, Isle of Ely, 1892. He travelled in Europe, Australia, North and South America, Canada, and North Africa. His hobbies being history and travelling. He died at Shudy Camps, 1938.

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