CFHS code : AL518

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLOTTE CAVE d June 3rd 1892 aged 47 also of WILLIAM CURRINGTON CAVE d March 6th 1906 aged 28 also of ELIZABETH CURRINGTON SMITH d November 19th 1911 aged 32

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cave headstone (AL518)
Cave headstone


This limestone headstone with rounded top, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, is located about 30 yards south of the Norfolk Street entrance, between the centre path and the west path, seven rows east of the west path.


In loving memory of
‛Charlotte Cave who died June 3rd 1892 aged 47 years’

‛Also of William Currington Cave
who died March 6th 1906 aged 28 years’

‛Also of Elizabeth Currington Smith
who died November 19th 1911 aged 32 years’

 Relationships: Charlotte Cave was the wife of Alfred Cave (1838‒1930) (not buried in this cemetery), who was himself the son of Hannah Cave (1819-98).  William Currington Cave and Elizabeth Currington Smith were children of Charlotte and Alfred Cave.

Charlotte Cave (née Shambrook) (1845‒1892)

Charlotte Shambrook was born in 1845 in Enfield, Middlesex, daughter of Thomas Shambrook, market gardener and agricultural labourer, and his wife Elizabeth.

Charlotte married Alfred Cave ‒ both by then of East Road, Cambridge ‒ on 7 February 1867, in the parish of St Andrew the Less, at Christ Church , Maids’ Causeway, the witnesses being James Cave and Mary Ann Cave.  Alfred was the illegitimate son of Hannah Cave, and was brought up in the household of his grandfather, William Cave snr.

Charlotte gave birth to at least six children: Martha Currington (b. 1868, Cambridge), Alfred William (or John) Currington (1870‒71, Cambridge), Alfred Currington (1873‒76, Cambridge), William Currington (1877‒1906, Cambridge), Elizabeth Currington (1879‒1911, Bury St. Edmunds) and James Currington (c.1882‒1914, Bury St. Edmunds).

By 1878 Alfred and Charlotte had moved to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and in 1881 were living at 32 Northgate Road, with Martha (12), William (3) and Elizabeth (1).  By 1891, the family had moved back to Cambridge and were living at 39 Kingston Street (in the Petersfield area).  Martha by this time was a dressmaker, William, Elizabeth and James were at school.

A year later, Charlotte died on 3 June 1892 at the age of 46 and was buried four days later in the parish area of St Andrew the Less in Mill Road Cemetery.  Alfred continued to lived at 39 Kingston Street.  With him in 1901 were Elizabeth and James, the latter apprenticed to be a boilermaker;  and in 1911 just James, aged 28, now a qualified boilermaker with the Great Eastern Railway at Bury St Edmunds.

William Currington Cave (1877- 1906)

William’s birth was registered during the fourth quarter of 1877 in Cambridge.  In 1881, William (3) and his siblings Martha (12) and Elizabeth (1) were living with their parents Alfred, railway engine driver, and Charlotte Cave, at 32 Northgate Road, Bury St. Edmunds.  Ten years later the family moved to 39 Kingston Street, Cambridge, where the 13-year-old William attended school.  William’s whereabouts in 1901 are unclear, although a William Cave, aged 23 from Cambridge, was working as a ‛potman’ (i.e. server of beer) at the Star public house in St Luke Old Street, East Finsbury, London.

William Currington Cave was admitted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he died on 6 March 1906 at the age of 28, and was buried three days later in the parish area of St Andrew the Less in Mill Road Cemetery.

Elizabeth Currington Smith (1879‒1911)

Elizabeth was born during the second quarter of 1879 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, daughter of Alfred and Charlotte Cave, the family living at 32 Northgate Road, Bury St Edmunds.  By 1891 the family had moved to Cambridge and were living at 39 Kingston Street, Elizabeth by then aged 12 and at school.  Ten years later (21) she was living at that address with her widowed father, now retired from the Great Eastern Railway, and her brother James.

Elizabeth married William Smith, ‛journeyman baker’, in Cambridge in the fourth quarter of 1906.  The couple had only one child, Dorothy (c.1907‒).  In 1911, the family of three was living at 37 Kingston Street, next door to Alfred (72) and James (28).

Elizabeth died on 19 November of the same year, aged 32, and was buried three days later in the parish area of St Andrew the Less in Mill Road Cemetery.

England Census reports 1851‒1901
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837‒1915 (Elizabeth)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837‒1915 (Elizabeth)
Church of St Andrew the Less, burial register (Alfred Currington, Alfred John Currington; Charlotte, Elizabeth Currington, William Currington)
Church of St Paul, Cambridge, baptism register (Alfred)

By Ian Bent and Keith Rees

Charlotte Cave; William Currington Cave; Elizabeth Currington Smith