Sarah Lane | Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Biography:
Sarah Lane
1813 –22/11/1848

Sarah Foster was a daughter of the prominent Berkhamsted brewing family. She became widowed with two sons, and later married John Edward Lane (senior), of John Lane Nurseries. He took on the Foster family business as well, and acquired several pubs in Berkhamsted. Sarah died in 1848 and was buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery.

SARAH LANE ; 1813 – 1848

Sarah was the second of two children born to James and Mary Foster. Their oldest child, a son, James Charles Foster was born in in 1811. Sarah was born in 1813. The Foster family were not inhabitants of Berkhamsted, but lived in Redbourn. We know from baptismal records that Sarah was baptised in Redbourn on 27th June 1813. Her father’s occupation is noted in the baptismal record as “victualler.”

Sarah married in Berkhamsted on 1st January 1833 at the age of 19. Her husband was 25 year old John Edward Lane. The Lane family had been established in Berkhamsted for at least two generations. John’s grandfather had started a nursery business in the town which John’s father, Henry Lane had continued. On Henry’s retirement John was himself to take over the family business and under his stewardship the business grew further and earned a world-wide reputation.

How did Sarah, born in Redbourn and John Lane, in Berkhamsted, meet and marry? The answer may lie with Sarah’s brother James. At some point he moved from Redbourn to Berkhamsted and it may be Sarah came with him. The earliest we can place James in the town in December 1836 when he married Hannah Chilton. He features in the 1839 Tithe records as the owner and occupier of the Swan Inn in Berkhamsted’s High Street and of a meadow to the rear of the inn and in the 1841 census he is to be found at the Swan Inn described, like his father before him, as a victualler. James wasn’t however simply an innkeeper; as well as running the Swan he also ran a brewery to the rear of the premises.

We find Sarah and John in the 1841 census living on the High Street. John is noted as being a gardener, working in the family business. The 1841 census does identify where on the High Street the couple lived, but the 1839 tithe records does identify John Lane as the owner and occupier of two cottages and gardens on the High Street which were opposite John’s Well Lane and the family nursery.

We also learn from the 1841 census that Sarah had given birth to a number of children by that date. Her first child, Henry George had been born in 1834, followed by Mary Ann in 1835; John Edward in 1837; and Sarah Susannah in 1839. Sarah was to give birth to three more children after the date of the census, Frederick Quincey later in 1841 Rosa in 1843 and George Septimus in 1847. Sadly, George died shortly after birth. 

Sarah herself died on 22nd November 1848 at the age of 36. The cause of death recorded on her death certificate was “diseased lungs.” She was buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery. Burial Records reveal that she was buried on 28th November 1848.

Sarah’s brother James died the year after Sarah, leaving his wife Hannah widowed with seven children and John Edward Lane married Hannah (his sister in law by marriage) in 1852. He  was to go on to develop a brewery business including the Swan Brewery and a number of other pubs in addition to running the nursery.

When Hannah died in September 1861 she was buried in the same grave as Sarah and John Edward Lane joined both of his wives in that grave when he died in 1868. 

 

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Sarah Foster was a daughter of the prominent Berkhamsted brewing family. She became widowed with two sons, and later married John Edward Lane (senior), of John Lane Nurseries. He took on the Foster family business as well, and acquired several pubs in Berkhamsted.

Sarah died in 1848 and was buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery.

SARAH LANE ; 1813 – 1848

Sarah was the second of two children born to James and Mary Foster. Their oldest child, a son, James Charles Foster was born in in 1811. Sarah was born in 1813. The Foster family were not inhabitants of Berkhamsted, but lived in Redbourn. We know from baptismal records that Sarah was baptised in Redbourn on 27th June 1813. Her father’s occupation is noted in the baptismal record as “victualler.”

Sarah married in Berkhamsted on 1st January 1833 at the age of 19. Her husband was 25 year old John Edward Lane. The Lane family had been established in Berkhamsted for at least two generations. John’s grandfather had started a nursery business in the town which John’s father, Henry Lane had continued. On Henry’s retirement John was himself to take over the family business and under his stewardship the business grew further and earned a world-wide reputation.

How did Sarah, born in Redbourn and John Lane, in Berkhamsted, meet and marry? The answer may lie with Sarah’s brother James. At some point he moved from Redbourn to Berkhamsted and it may be Sarah came with him. The earliest we can place James in the town in December 1836 when he married Hannah Chilton. He features in the 1839 Tithe records as the owner and occupier of the Swan Inn in Berkhamsted’s High Street and of a meadow to the rear of the inn and in the 1841 census he is to be found at the Swan Inn described, like his father before him, as a victualler. James wasn’t however simply an innkeeper; as well as running the Swan he also ran a brewery to the rear of the premises.

We find Sarah and John in the 1841 census living on the High Street. John is noted as being a gardener, working in the family business. The 1841 census does identify where on the High Street the couple lived, but the 1839 tithe records does identify John Lane as the owner and occupier of two cottages and gardens on the High Street which were opposite John’s Well Lane and the family nursery.

We also learn from the 1841 census that Sarah had given birth to a number of children by that date. Her first child, Henry George had been born in 1834, followed by Mary Ann in 1835; John Edward in 1837; and Sarah Susannah in 1839. Sarah was to give birth to three more children after the date of the census, Frederick Quincey later in 1841 Rosa in 1843 and George Septimus in 1847. Sadly, George died shortly after birth. 

Sarah herself died on 22nd November 1848 at the age of 36. The cause of death recorded on her death certificate was “diseased lungs.” She was buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery. Burial Records reveal that she was buried on 28th November 1848.

Sarah’s brother James died the year after Sarah, leaving his wife Hannah widowed with seven children and John Edward Lane married Hannah (his sister in law by marriage) in 1852. He  was to go on to develop a brewery business including the Swan Brewery and a number of other pubs in addition to running the nursery.

When Hannah died in September 1861 she was buried in the same grave as Sarah and John Edward Lane joined both of his wives in that grave when he died in 1868. 

 

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