CFHS code : HT513

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FREDERICK WILLIAM LEAVIS d Nov 17th 1905 aged 46 ELIZABETH HANNAH his wife d June 14th 1924 aged 74 HARRY BAILLIEU LEAVIS their son d June 27 1947 aged 64

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Leavis grave
Leavis kerb stones


This set of kerb stones with corner stones in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located near to the central path, on the east side, three rows back.


‘In loving memory of Frederick William Leavis
died Nov 17th 1905 aged 46 years’
‘Elizabeth Hannah his wife died June 14th 1924 aged 74 years’
‘Harry Baillieu Leavis their son died June 27 1947 aged 64 years’

Frederick William Leavis (1859 – 17 November 1905)  see also Life Story page

Frederick was the son of Elihu and Elizabeth Leavis.  Elihu was a basket maker when Frederick was born  although he later became a piano tuner. Aged 2 Frederick lived with his family on Milton Road and aged 11 he was living with his Uncle William and Aunt Ruth (William was also a basketmaker). Aged 21 (1881) he was lodging at 98 Castle Street and was described on the census as being an out of work domestic servant.  He married Elizabeth Baillieu in 1882 – they had two children: Harry Baillieu (1883-1947) and Iva Elizabeth (1884-1971).

In 1891 the family were living at 28 Union Terrace and Frederick was working as a ‘pianoforte dealer and waiter’.  By 1901 he was landlord of the Six Bells Pub on Covent Garden, Cambridge. He died in 1905 aged 46 years old.

Elizabeth Hannah Leavis  (née Baillieu) (d 1924)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Frederick and Mary Ann Baillieu (also sometimes written as Baillieux) and was born in Royston.  Her father worked as a railway porter, and she grew up in Royston and then at 10 Princes Street (from at least 1861 onwards) with her siblings who included Sarah and Priscilla. In 1881 she was still living with her parents at 16 George IVth Street and was working as a dressmaker. She married Frederick Leavis when she was c.31 years old.

After being widowed she ran a lodging house at 23 Mackenzie Road, and died in 1924 aged 74 years old.

Harry Baillieu Leavis (1 March 1883  – 27 July 1947)

Harry was the only son of Frederick and Elizabeth.  He grew up at Union Terrace, and in 1901 was living with his parents at the Six Bells and working as a butcher’s clerk.

He married Rosa Victoria Kidman (1888-1955) in 1907 and they had two children: Doris Evelyn (1907-1994) and Frederick  Charles (1910-1973).  In 1911 the family were living in Downham Market, Norfolk where Harry was a cycle and car dealer.

By 1939 he was divorced and was living at 342 Cherry Hinton Road with widow Beatrice Duke (1899 – 1984). Beatrice was recorded as doing ‘unpaid domestic duties’ and Harry was the general manager of the Fyre Factor Cinema (no trace of this cinema can be found).  He died at Cherry Hinton Road and Beatrice was the executor of his will.

Census reports 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911; Spalding’s Street Directories of Cambridge


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Elizabeth Hannah Leavis; Frederick William Leavis; Harry Baillieu Leavis