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Cricketers' gravestone in Sawston churchyard. Charles J Sheldrick and Charles Sheldrick.

St Mary’s Sawston

History of St Mary's Sawston

Enid Porter records in Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore p174:

In Sawston churchyard is the 100-year-old gravestone of one Sarah Fitch with its now almost-illegible epitaph: 

All you have seen amiss in me
Take care to shun and look at home
Enough there is to be done

These lines suggest to Mr T F Teversham, the Sawston historian, that Sarah may have been accused during her life of witchcraft.

Notes of a talk given by David Ellis about cricket in Sawston state: Notable cricketers included James Hedding from the Paper Mill and Charles Sheldrick, commemorated by a tombstone showing bat and pads in the churchyard. A key figure was John Falkner, headmaster of the Boys’ School who was a fine player and introduced regular practice. As a result, in 1901 Sawston CC won the Cambridgeshire Junior Cup, against a team in which a very young Jack Hobbs played. In 1921 the Church Institute team won the Junior Cup again under John Falkner, with possibly the best side produced by Sawston in that century. Its achievements were chronicled by Traviss Teversham, himself no mean player.


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