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27 (14) Owlstone Road, Newnham

History of 27 Owlstone Road

For explanation of the numbering issues in this road see Owlstone Road

1911: (14)

Charles William Lingwood


1913: (14)

Emil Saraoja

SC sent these notes in 2023: I am dong some research into a Finnish family who were living in Owlstone Road in 1912. The wife, Edith Irene Saraoja, died in that year aged 37, and is buried in Histon Road Cemetery, with a very handsome Finnish art nouveau style headstone. Her husband Emil, an engineering teacher from Helsinki, wrote a letter to the Helsinki newspaper the next year with a printed letterheading giving the address as 14 Owlstone Road — the address at which Edith’s death is registered in the Histon Road Cemetery archive.

14 Owlstone Road, Emil Saraoja

The letter is a covering note for an article about the British suffragette movement which he was submitting to the the Helsingin Sanomat, the main Finnish newspaper. He was the leader of the Helsinki congregation of the Free Church of Finland, but he admitted that he was surprised to find himself sympathetic to the suffragist cause.

Edith Saraoja memorial, Histon Road cemetery

The inscription on the memorial is:

NUKKUOS RAUHASSA

ALLA VIERAHAN TURPEEN

KUNNEKKA JOUDUMME

KAUTTA AIKOJEN MURHEEN

YHTEHEN TAAS TAIVAHAN MAASS

SLEEP IN PEACE UNDER THE FOREIGN TURF UNTIL WE HAVE TO FACE THE SORROW OF THE AGES TOGETHER AGAIN IN THE LAND OF HEAVEN

SC will be writing an article about Edith for the Histon Road Cemetery Newsletter. He notes:

Edith Irene Saraoja, born Liljeström on 25 September 1874 in Kytö, Tammela, Finland. The announcement of her death in the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper on 16 May 1912 gave her age at her death as 37 years, 7 months and 6 days [thanks to Sofia Singler], which makes the day 2 May. Married to Gustaf Emil Saraoja (Saxbäck) (1870–1954) in 1897. He was an engineer, teaching at the Helsinki Polytechnic and later the Technical School, becoming professor in 1935. He was leader of the Helsinki congregation of the Free Church of Finland. [geni.com] The following year Emil sent an article on the British suffragette movement (in favour, to his initial surprise) to Helsingin Sanomat with a covering letter which has survived. 


1962:

Lawrence J Gooby


1970:

Herbert Gossop

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