CFHS code : MG188

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM HANCHETT HATTERSLEY b Aug 10 1821 d Feb 17 1902 also of THOS HANCHETT HATTERSLEY b Sep 17 1855 d April 22 1893 also of GILBERT WOLLARD HATTERSLEY b May 17 1854 d Jan 14 1916 also wife of the above HERMINE ROEPER HATTERSLEY b Dec 31 1861 d May 2 1950

Monument : Headstones/Kerb stones/Flowerholder (double grave)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202045, 0.13824917 – click here for location

Hattersley grave
Hattersley headstone


This striking red granite headstone, is located to the east of the east path, in the parish area of St Mary the Great.


Born Aug. 10. 1821. Died Feb. 17. 1902.’

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”


‘Also of THOS HANCHETT HATTERSLEY Born Sep. 17. 1855. Died April 22. 1893.’

“Not my will but Thy will be done.”

‘Also of GILBERT WOLLARD HATTERSLEY Born May 17. 1854. Died Jan. 14. 1916’

“At rest”

‘Also wife of the above HERMINE ROEPER HATTERSLEY Born Dec. 31. 1861. Died May 2. 1950.’

“Peacefully sleeping”

Relationships: Uncle and two nephews and one nephew’s wife.

William Hanchett Hattersley (c*1821-1902)

William was born in Ely, the second son of Thomas and Mary Ann (née Woolard) Hattersley. Grandson of Robert Hattersley and Elizabeth (née Hanchett). He was a grocer, china and glass dealer at 5 and 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge.

*There is some confusion as to his actual birthdate. The baptism record in the parish record of Holy Trinity, Ely gives the date August 16th 1819 but a window in the church of St Mary the Great has the following dedication:-
‘In the glory of God. In loving memory of W H Hattersley. Born Aug 10th 1821. Died Feb 17th 1902. This window is dedicated by his nephew Gilbert W Hattersley’.
The baptism of his sister Mary Ann Woolard took place in 1821 and it is possible there was some confusion in later generations.

William’s obituary appeared in the Cambridge Independent Press on 20th February 1902.

Thomas Hanchett Hattersley (1855-1893)

Thomas was born 17th September 1855 in Rugeley Staffordshire, the eighth child of Gilbert Woolard and Ann (née Oliver) Hattersley. He was baptised in Rugeley on October 10th 1855. He was the nephew of William H Hattersley. His secondary education was at Great Torrington in Devon. He was recorded as a Corporal in the 9th  Lancaster Reg. No record of a marriage has been found. He died in Cambridge on April 22nd 1893 at 6 Bateman Street, the house of his brother William Oliver Hattersley.

Gilbert Woolard Hattersley (1854-1916)

Gilbert was born on May 17th 1854 in Rugeley, Staffordshire, the seventh child of Gilbert Woolard and Ann Hattersley. He was baptised at Rugeley on June 14th 1854.  He continued the family business of Hattersley Brothers at 5 and G6 Trinity Street with his older brother William Oliver Hattersley. There is a plaque in St Andrew’s Chapel at St Mary the Great which reads, ‘This chapel was restored and dedicated for the worship of God 15th December 1892. W Cunningham – Vicar, GW Hattersley – G O Palmer- church wardens.’ Gilbert died on January 14th 1916 at Camden House, Parkers Piece.  A well known figure in Cambridge, his obituary was reported, at great length in the Cambridge Independent Press on January 21st 1916.

He married Thorhaur Hermine Roeper in Cambridge on April 14th 1884 at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge. They had two sons: Gilbert Roeper Hattersley (1885-1955) and Harold Woollard Hattersley (1886-1968).

Hermine Roeper Hattersley (1861-1950)

Hermine was believed to have been born on December 31st 1861 in Brunswick, northern Germany Thorhaur Hermine Thorhaur. She is first recorded in Cambridge living at 2 Trinity Street at her uncles’ house. (1881 census). She died on May 2nd 1950 at 20 Lensfield Road, Cambridge.

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Sources :
Census records
Cambridge Independent Press

Edited by Mary Naylor and Caro Wilson using information supplied by a descendant, Jon Burnell.

Gilbert Wollard Hattersley; Hermine Roeper Hattersley; Thomas Hanchett Hattersley; William Hanchett Hattersley