CFHS code : HT335

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ANNIE ELIZABETH BARRETT d January 20th 1930 aged 71 also of HENRY CHARLES BARRETT d June 5th 1941 aged 84 and GERTRUDE MABEL BYLETT their youngest daughter d May 16th 1949 aged 55

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones – one corner stone missing/Flower holder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Barrett Grave
Barrett monument

Monument

This headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, was restored in 2010.

Inscription

‘Sacred to the memory of Annie Elizabeth Barrett
Died January 30th 1930 ages 71’
“He giveth his beloved rest”
‘Also Henry Charles Barrett
Died June 5th 1941 aged 84’
“Until the day breaks”
‘Gertrude Mabel Bylett their youngest daughter
Died May 16th 1949 aged 55’

Annie Elizabeth Barrett (née Tingey) (1856 – 1930)

Annie Elizabeth was the illegitimate daughter of Mary Ann Tingey and an unknown student at Cambridge University. It is believed she was born in the workhouse on Mill Road, Cambridge. They lived with her maternal grandparents Charles and Ann Tingey in New Court off King Street, Cambridge until Mary married Charles Brumby in 1869.

Annie married Henry C. Barrett 0n 12th December 1875, at her parish church, Christchurch, on Newmarket road. Their first daughter Florence Emily was born a month later. It was reported by a family member that she did not want to marry Henry and ‘would rather go to the workhouse’. It is not known what changed her mind. She had eight more children. Two children died in infancy and are buried in unmarked graves in the parish of Andrew the Less, Mill Road Cemetery. The family lived in Adam and Eve Row, Prospect Row and finally Ainsworth Street, Cambridge. During the smallpox epidemic of 1903 both Annie and Henry were sent to the smallpox hospital on Coldham’s Common. They attributed their recovery to the milk stout passed through the fence by family members.

Henry Charles Barrett  (1858 – 1941)

Henry Charles and Annie Barrett with their 7 children c 1910. This photo was taken at the Mill Road Studio.
Henry and Annie Barrett with their seven surviving children c 1910. This photo was taken at the Mill Road Studio.

Henry Charles (sometimes called Charles Henry) was born to Charles and Mary Ann Barrett. The family lived in Sell’s Court off King Street and later Field’s Court off St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge. Henry became a boiler smith and worked on the steam engines at Cambridge station. He was a ‘strict Victorian’, the children were not allowed to do anything on a Sunday except attend church. He did liked to organise fancy dress parties at the Salisbury Club on Mill Road, Cambridge. He was also a volunteer fireman. When Annie died he went to live with one of his daughters in Kingston Street, Cambridge.  One day he came home and announced that he had married a woman he met on holiday and went to live in Prospect Row, Cambridge.

Gertrude Mabel Bylett (1894 – 1949)

The youngest daughter of Annie and Charles. She married George Bylett in 1919. They had three children. Gertrude, who was always called ‘Beetle’, died of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 55.

Henry’s parents and grandparents would also have been buried in this parish but in unmarked graves. It was not until the 20th century that the family were able to afford a headstone.  Descendants of the Barrett family still live in Cambridge. Two of Gertrude’s grandchildren are in Australia.

Sources:
CFHS transcripts of parish records
Relations stories
Family memorabilia

by Mary Naylor

Annie Elizabeth Barrett; Charles Barrett; Gertrude Mabel Bylett