CFHS code : PL133

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FRANCES CAROLINE the beloved wife of BENJAMIN JOLLEY d March 31st 1895 b July 3rd 1826 also of BENJAMIN JOLLEY d April 11th 1900 in his 80th year

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Jolley headstone February 2019


During recent tree clearance this impressive headstone became visible on the corner of the south and central path. The metal letters are intact and the edging strip only slightly damaged.


In Loving Memory of FRANCES CAROLINE, the beloved wife of BENJAMIN JOLLEY,
Who fell asleep in Jesus March 31st 1895, born July 3rd 1826.

“Her children arise up and call her blessed; Her Husband also,
and he praiseth her.” Prov xxx 1.28

“Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee;
Life and death , oh Lord abide with me.”

Also of BENJAMIN JOLLEY. Who died April 11th 1900, in his 80th year.

“It is well with my soul.”

Frances Caroline Jolley (née Charles) [3 July 1826 – 31st March 1895]

Frances Caroline was the daughter of Charles (known as Charly)and Mary Charles. Charly was a groom and Mary a bedmaker. The family lived on Bridge Street 1827, St Andrew’s Road [Street] 1841 and Christ’s Pieces 1851.

Frances was born in Cambridge and baptised in the parish of St Giles. She married Benjamin Jolley on 30th September 1851 in St Andrews Church, Chesterton. They had nine children together – Frances Caroline [1854-1917], Mary Elizabeth [1854-1936], Ellen’Nellie’ [1857-1916], Anna [1858-1892], Benjamin Charles [1860-1932], Louisa [1862- 1919], John Thomas [1864-1941], William Henry [1866-1920] and Emmeline [1869-1940].Benjamin Jolley was a furniture dealer, and for many years the family lived at 31 Magdalen Street where he had his shop.They lived briefly at York House, on Newmarket Road, before moving to Rathmore on Hills Road.Frances Caroline died there on 31st March 1895.

Benjamin Jolley [1821-11 April 1900]

Benjamin Jolley was born in 1821, the youngest son of William and Elizabeth Jolley. William Jolley was a thatcher in Chesterton.Benjamin started working as ‘general dealer’ but quickly seems to have become a ‘master furniture broker’ with a shop at 31 Magdalen Street, where he raised his large family of nine.

He moved to ‘Rathmore’ on Hills Road in 1891 which he built on the site of a previous small cottage. He owned a large amount of land and Rathmore was surrounded by lawns, a formal flower garden, vineries and a lawn tennis court.The house was demolished to build Elsworth Place. [source: Capturing Cambridge/Cambridge News/British Newspaper articles].

Benjamin Jolley died on 11 April 1900 leaving effects valued at £69,256.

Benjamin and Frances’ son Benjamin Charles took over the family furniture business and was Mayor of Cambridge 1920-21.

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Researched by Claire Martinsen

Benjamin Jolley; Frances Caroline Jolley