CFHS code : AG275

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : RICHARD REYNOLDS ROWE FRIBA d 21 December 1899 aged 75 Agnus dei miserere mei CHARLOTTE widow of the above d 26 September 1907 ESTHER MORRIS HEDLEY d 4 September 1901 age 60

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202985, 0.13647958 – click here for location

Richard Reynolds grave
Rowe and Hedley monument


This polished granite cruciform coping stone, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, is located to the west of the western path, several graves back (behind the Free grave, under trees), just north of the path leading to the centre circle.


‛Richard Reynolds Rowe F.R.I.B.A.
died 21 December 1899 aged 75 years’
“Agnus dei miserere mei”

widow of the above. died 26 September 1907.’

‛Esther Morris Hedley
died 4 September 1901 aged 60 years’
“Blessed are the pure in heart fror they shall see God.”

Richard Reynolds Rowe (1824‒1899) – see also Life Story page

Richard Reynolds Rowe was born on 5 June 1824, the son of Richard Rowe and Sarah Rowe (née Hedley). The family lived at 1 Brunswick Terrace (off Maids’ Causeway).

“Reynolds” (as he was known, to differentiate him from his father) was an engineer and architect. He served as the Cambridge Borough Surveyor for twenty years and held positions throughout the county, which meant that he dealt with such things as sewers, bridges, rivers and other public works and buildings. He was an architect in his own right for the best part of forty years and his designs include St Matthew’s Church (Petersfield) and the Corn Exchange. He married Charlotte Hedley in 1879 and the couple lived at “Park House”, 16 Parkside, Cambridge, with his office at 10 Emmanuel Street. He died on 21 December 1899 aged 75, leaving a widow and no children.

Charlotte Rowe (née Hedley) (1834‒1907)

Charlotte Hedley was baptised in Great Limber (Limber Magna), Lincolnshire, on 7 September 1834, the daughter of Esther Hedley (née Morris) and William Hedley, who farmed 287 acres, employing half a dozen farm labourers and boys. She lived at home with her parents, brothers and sisters, being educated by a governess, until her marriage to Richard Reynolds Rowe in the spring of 1879, after which she and Reynolds took up residence at “Park House”, 16 Parkside, Cambridge. The couple appear not to have had any children. After her husband’s death in 1899, she continued to live at Parkside. Her sister, Esther, came to live with her until her death in September 1901. Charlotte died on 26 September 1907, aged 73. At her death, she left effects worth £865 to “Ethel Esther Morris (wife of Frank William Morris) and Florence Maude Morris, spinster”.

Esther Morris Hedley (1839-1901)

Esther Morris Hedley inscription
Esther Morris Hedley inscription

Esther was born in Great Limber (Limber Magna), Lincolnshire on 11 January 1839, the daughter of Esther Hedley (née Morris) and William Hedley, who farmed 287 acres, employing half a dozen farm labourers and boys. Esther lived continuously at home, being educated by a governess; from 1871 she was called “housekeeper” (although the family employed two domestic servants). By 1881, her parents having died, she lived with her two brothers, Lincoln, head of the family and farm, and William. At some point before 1901, presumably after Richard Reynolds Rowe’s death in December 1899, she moved to Cambridge to live with her sister Charlotte at 16 Parkside. She died on 4 September 1901, aged 60.

By Ian Bent and Robin Mansfield

Esther Morris Hedley; Charlotte Rowe; Richard Reynolds Rowe