CFHS code : PL578

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : Erected To the Memory of JAMES RATTEE d 29 Mar 1855 age 34 also of CAROLINE LOUIS widow of the above d 9 Mar 1866 age 45 HERBERT BERRIDGE d [Jun] [-3] 1[7–] In the same vault lies the body of ELIZABETH mother of JAMES RATTEE d 13 Dec 1850 age 64 also of CHARLOTTE BERRIDGE d 14 Mar 1853 age 29 also of remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone (double)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202516, 0.13607657 – click here for location

Rattee and Berridge monument

Monument

This monument is one of the most beautiful in the Cemetery. It was carved by Rattee & Kett in Ketton limestone, with a double-arched canopy with crocketed finials and embattled cresting. The sexfoil arches are set below quatrefoils within gables. There are inscription panels engraved in black and red Gothic letters, about James Rattee and other members of the family.

The limestone monument was cleaned and restored by Rattee & Kett (part of the Mowlem Group since 1926) using bristle brushes and water, so as not to lose the natural patina of ageing. Open joints were repointed with lime mortar, loose ornamentation was re-attached using stainless steel armatures, and a biocide was applied to protect the stone and prevent future colonisation by lichen and other plants.

Inscription

On the left-hand panel:
‘Erected to the memory of
James Rattee who departed this life
the 29th of March 1855 aged 34 years.
“He is not dead, but sleepeth”
Also of Caroline Louis (widow of the above)
who died 9 March 1866
aged 45 years’
(remainder illegible)

On the right-hand panel:
‘In the same vault
lies the body of Elizabeth
(mother of James Rattee)
who died the 13th of Dec 1850
aged 64 years.
Also of Charlotte Berridge
who died the 14th March 1853
aged 29 years.
“Death where is thy sting”
Also of …’
(remainder illegible)

James Rattee (d 1855)see Life Story page

James Rattee (1820-1855) was a highly skilled woodcarver and stonemason whose work can be seen in the chapels of Jesus and Magdalene Colleges and the Round Church in Cambridge, as well as in Ely Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Eton College chapel.

Caroline Louis Rattee (d 1866)

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Herbert Berridge

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Elizabeth Rattee (d 1850)

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Charlotte Berridge (d 1853)

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Charlotte Berridge; Herbert Berridge; Caroline Louis Rattee; Elizabeth Rattee; James Rattee