CFHS code : PL534

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of LILL the beloved wife of WILLIAM O HATTERSLEY d March 10th 1914 also WILLIAM OLIVER HATTERSLEY d June 7th 1924 aged 71 also In Loving Memory of LILY THEODORA ADAMS who died at Colchester July 9 1936

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Elizabeth Mary (Lill) Hattersley  (née Palmer) (c.1853 – 10 March 1914)

Lill was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of John Styche and Thodora Palmer.   John was a hatter and ran a hat and cap shop at 2 Petty Cury, which is where Lill grew up with her nine siblings. She married William Oliver Hattersley at Great St Mary’s Church on 13 January 1881.   They had three children: Lily Thodora (1881-1936), Blanche Mary (1883-1959) and William Hanchett (1887-).  William was involved in running his family business (Hattersley Brothers) at 5/6 Trinity Street which was a grocer/china and glass dealer.

Initially the couple lived on Victoria Road (1881) and later moved to 6 Bateman Street (1891/1901) before finally moving to 142 Tenison Avenue (1911). Lill died at home aged 61 years old.


William Oliver Hattersley (1853 – 7 June 1924)

William was the son of Gilbert Woollard Hattersley and his wife Ann. His brother was Gilbert Hattersley who he ran the family businesss with.  He was born in Rugeley in Staffordshire, and baptised there on 6 September 1853. Aged 18 he was still living in Rugeley with his widowed mother and working as a grocers assistant. He married Lill Palmer in Cambridge when he was 27 years old.

He was a keen angler in his spare time, and was President of the Albion Angling Club (1919-1921). He died at 142 Tenison Road in June 1924 aged 71 years old.


Lily Theodora Adams (née Hattersley) (1881 – 9 July 1936)

Lily was the eldest child of William and Lill Hattersley.  She grew up at Bateman Street, and then at Tenison Avenue.  She married Alfred John Adams (1886-) in 1913.  Alfred was a bank manager and the couple settled in Colchester.  They had one daughter: Eileen Mary (1915-1991).  Lily died at her home at 93 Maldon Road, Colchester aged 55 years old.

Alfred Adams married again in 1942 to Dorothy Stringer (1903-1972).







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