CFHS code : MG1

Parish : St Mary The Great

Inscription : FREDERIC ORRIDGE d December 22 1848 aged 20 CHARLES ORRIDGE d Jan 2 1858 aged 73 ANN ORRIDGE his wife b Oct 28 1789 d Feb 9 1873

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20235, 0.13732716 – click here for location

Orridge grave
Orridge monument


A cruciform coped stone, this monument, presumably to Eliza’s parents and brother, is located next to the Macmillan grave, in the parish area of St Mary the Great on the east side of the southern central path.


‘Frederic Orridge
died December 22 1848 aged 20’

‘Charles Orridge
died Jan 2 1858 aged 73’

‘Ann Orridge his wife
born Oct 28 1789 died Feb 9 1873’

Charles Orridge (4 March 1786 – 2 January 1858)

Charles was born in Bury St Edmunds and was the son of Daniel and Sarah (née Jolley) Orridge.  He was baptised on 4 June 1786 and married Ann Green in Attleborough, Norfolk in June 1813. The couple had at least five children: William (1819-1874), Frances Eliza (1821-1867), Robert (1824-1865), Charles William (1825-1865) and Frederick Samuel (1828-1848).  Frances Eliza Orridge went on to marry Daniel Macmillan, founder of the publishing empire.  Her grandson was Harold Macmillan – Prime Minster of Great Britain 1957-1963

Charles Orridge was a chemist and later magistrate of the borough.  The family lived at Market Hill (1839), and later at 24 Regent Street. Newspapers of the time often featured adverts for the chemist business.  Typical is one from 1835 which read ‘Orridge’s Camphorated Tooth Power – this powder possesses its just celebrity by giving firmness to the gums and rendering the teeth beautifully white, besides imparting great sweetness to the breath, and bestowing an agreeable and healthy sensation to the whole surface of the mouth, and at every point will be found the best tooth powder that can be used. Sold in bottles price 2s. 9d each by Orridge, Chemist, Market Hill, Cambridge’.

In May 1836 Charles was elected Governor of the Cambridge Castle, which was a head magistrates role.  He took over the position from his uncle, who had held the role for thirty years.  He died at Regent Street aged 72 years old.

Ann Orridge (née Green) (28 October 1789 – 9 February 1873)

Ann was born in Attleborough in Norfolk, and married Charles Orridge when she was 23 years old.  She died at 41 Camden Square in London aged 83 years old – she was staying with her son William at the time.

Frederic Samuel Orridge (11 December 1828 – 22 December 1848),/strong>

Frederic was the youngest child of Charles and Ann Orridge.  He was baptised at St Mary the Great Church on 3 October 1833.  He died at Market Hill of consumption.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Ann Orridge; Charles Orridge; Frederic Orridge