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 Jan [-3] 1873 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
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.
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’
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 …(Elizabeth Rattee)
James Roberts 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 (née Smith) (c.1821 – 9 March1866)
Caroline’s middle name is documented as both Louis and Lovis. Her marriage records have both names. She was born in Lowestoft and was the daughter of builder William Smith. She married James Rattee in Cambridge on 22nd June 1843. They had at least two children, both of whom died as infants.
James Frederick Rattee was born in early 1844, and baptised at St Mary the Less Church on 7th April. He died in August the same year and was buried at St Mary the Less on 6th August 1844. Caroline Elizabeth was born in 1845, and baptised on 24th April at St Mary the Less, she died a few days later.
After being widowed she continued to live at the Wood Carving Works at 45 Hills Road with her sister-in-law Elizabeth. She died at her home in March 1866 aged 45 years old.
Herbert Berridge (1852 – January 1873)
Herbert was the only son of James and Charlotte Berridge, and the nephew of James and Caroline Rattee. He was born in Cambridge and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 5th September 1852. After his mother died he lived with his maternal aunt Charlotte on Hills Road (1861). In 1871 he was 18 years old and living on London Street in Basingstoke with his father and step-mother. His occupation is noted as an apprentice auctioneer. He died in early 1873.
Elizabeth Rattee (née Wilson) (d 13 December1850)
Elizabeth was the mother of James Rattee. She married her husband James on 23rd March 1818 in Norwich. James Rattee (Snr) worked as a blacksmith and they had at least two children: James, and Elizabeth (1824-1865). She died in Cambridge in December 1850.
Charlotte Berridge (née Smith) (c.1824 – 14 March 1853)
Charlotte was the sister of Caroline Rattee, and was also born in Lowestoft in Suffolk. She married builders clerk James Berridge at St Giles Church in Camberwell on 23rd June 1847. In 1851 the couple were living in Cambridge. They had one son: Herbert (1852-1873) and Charlotte died in Cambridge aged 29 years old.
James Berridge (1825-1879) married widow Mary Ashwood in 1855 at Old Church, St Pancras. They lived in Basingstoke (1861/1871). James died in 1879 in London.
Elizabeth Rattee (c.1824 – 2 May 1865)
Elizabeth was the daughter of Elizabeth and James (Snr) Rattee. She was born in Norfolk, and baptised at Fundenhall on 30 May 1824. Elizabeth did not marry and in 1861 was with her sister-in-law Caroline at 45 Hills Road, which was the site of the Rattee wood and stone carving works. She died at Hills Road aged 41 years old.
by Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen