CFHS code : MC68

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : REBECCA [wife of JOHN] BAINBRIDGE b July 8 1798 d Mar 29 [1867] JAMES BAINBRIDGE d Mar 12 1886 age 74

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202692, 0.13776802 – click here for location

Bainbridge grave
Bainbridge monument


This column stands 2 metres east of the path that runs round the centre circle in the parish. area belonging to St Michael’s church. This photo taken in 2013  shows the monument covered in ivy with a laurel bush in front. We have not been able to check the inscription  but used the burial and grave registers to verify the dates.


REBECCA wife of JAMES BAINBRIDGE b July 8 1798 d March 29 1867

JAMES BAINBRIDGE d March 12 1886 age 74

Rebecca Bainbridge  [nee Abbott] (8 July 1798 – 29 March 1867)

Rebecca was born in Bildeston in Suffolk. She was the daughter of John and Sarah Abbott, and was baptised at Bildeston on 15th July 1798.  She married James Bainbridge in Sussex in 1848 when she was 50 years old.  The marriage documentation records her age as 45 years old.

She lived with James at 35 Trinity Street and died in 1867 aged 68 years old after what the newspapers of the time reported as a ‘long and painful illness’.  She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2nd April 1867.

James Bainbridge (d 1886)

James was born in ‘Newton’ in County Durham [possibly Newton Aycliffe, just outside Darlington]. The dates of his birth vary hugely between different census returns, and he was born between 1811 and 1819.  By 1841 he was living in Sidney Street in Cambridge and working as a tailor.

He married Rebecca Abbott in Birdham in Sussex on 23rd August 1848. Slater’s Directory of 1850 shows him working as a tailor at 31 Trinity Street.  The census of 1861 records him at 35 Trinity Street, and working as a tailor/robemaker employing 12 journeymen tailors.

Rebecca died in 1867, and he continued to live and work at 35 Trinity Street [1871/1881] with a housekeeper and domestic servant. He died in March 1886 leaving an estate worth £31,843 17s and 1d [a value of over £4m at 2018 values].

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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James Bainbridge; Rebecca Bainbridge