CFHS code : BE59

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH HOWE [d] Nov 24 1870 aged [3-] JAMES husband of the above d April [18] 1887 aged 5[6]

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The Howe headstone in January 2017
Howe headstone January 2017


This headstone is located in the centre of the south side of the parish of St Bene’t, close to the DOVE artwork. The inscription is now very badly eroded and the parish records were used to establish the ages.


In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH HOWE died Nov 24 1870 aged 37

JAMES husband of the above died April [18] 1887 aged 55

Elizabeth Howe  (née Spence) (d 1870)

Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Rebecca Spence. She was born in Cambridge and grew up on Newmarket Road where her father was a master shoemaker.  She married James Howe on 20 July 1857 at Christ Church, Cambridge.  The couple lived at 2 Walnut Tree Lane (1861) and James worked as a shoemaker, Elizabeth as a shoebinder.

They later moved to 111 East Road, where James ran the Sun Tap and Elizabeth died there aged 37 years old.

James Howe ( 1832 – 18 April 1887)

James was born in Cambridge and is believed to have been the son of Thomas and Harriet. He grew up on Doric Street where his father was a shoemaker before marrying Elizabeth Spence. After he was widowed he married Martha (1851-1933) and in 1881 the couple were lodging at 30 Bullen Place before moving to Newmarket Road.  James died at Newmarket Road in 1887.



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Elizabeth Howe; James Howe