CFHS code : CL11
Parish : St Clement
Inscription : In Memory of REBECCA ANN the beloved wife of EDWARD BELL d June 25th 1863 aged 34
Monument : Chest tomb with panelled sides
Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.20258, 0.13749922 – click here for location
The tomb nestles under an ivy bush close to the centre circle. One of the end panels has broken.
In Memory of REBECCA ANN the beloved wife of EDWARD BELL
Who died June 25th 1863 aged 34 Years
Rebecca Ann Bell (nee Smith) (c.1829 – 25 June 1863)
Rebecca was the daughter of William Haddon and Rebecca Smith. She was baptised at St Michael’s Church on 29th March 1829. She grew up at 7 Rose Crescent, where her father was a news vendor.
She married Edward Bell in 1860. Edward was a corn and seed merchant, and in 1861 the couple were living at 26 Hills Road. Rebecca died aged 34 years old, after what newspapers of the time called a ‘severe affliction borne with great patience’.
Edward Bell (1826-1889) married for a second time in 1865 to Louisa Weldon Litchfield. They went on to have five children, and he became Mayor of Cambridge (1887-1889). He died in office and was buried at Chesterton Cemetery with full civic honours. A reported 5,000 people attended his funeral.
by Claire Martinsen