CFHS code : HT356j
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of KATE KITTIE wife of ERNEST MORLEY b Dec 23 1864 d Apr 24 1918
Monument : Tall Madonna figure
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This statue, in the parish area of Holy Trinity was restored in 2007. The Madonna is standing on a snake with an apple in its mouth. One possible interpretation of this is the triumph of good over evil.
‘In Loving Memory of Kate “Kittie” wife of ERNEST MORLEY
born Dec 23rd 1864 died Apr 24th 1918’
“into the sunshine of God’s perfect day.”
Kate “Kittie” Morley (1864-1918)
Kate (known as Kittie) was born on 23 December 1864 in Smarden, Kent. She was one of at least eight children born to Charles Batt and Elizabeth Batt (née Hosmer). Her father was a farmer of 101 acres and employed six men. Her father died when she was three years old and her mother continued to work the farm. By 1881 Kittie had moved to Gloucester Terrace, Bosham, Sussex, where she was working as a grocer’s assistant.
She married Ernest Morley in 1890 in Smarden. Ernest was born about 10 miles away from Kittie in Kennington, Kent. Kitty and Ernest had three daughters: Grace (1891-?); Dorothy (1892-?) and Hilda (1895-?). The first two daughters were born in Smarden and initially Ernest worked as a grocer and draper in Smarden. The third daughter was born in Margate, Kent. By 1901 the family had moved to Cambridge and were living at 6 Fitzroy Street. By 1911 Ernest was running the International Stores in Fitzroy Street. All of the children were still living at home but Grace was a student and Dorothy was working as a photographer’s assistant.
Kittie died on 24 April 1918 at the Nursing Hostel, Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge. Her funeral was held at Mill Road Cemetery at 12 o’clock on 26 April.
England census reports 1871-1911
Cambridge Daily News, 25 April 2016
by Emma Easterbrook