CFHS code : AL

Parish :  St Andrew the Less

Inscription : SOPHIA the faithful and affectionate wife of CHARLES RIGGS died July 17 1865 aged 61 yrs Also CHARLES RIGGS husband of the above Died Oct 8 1887 aged 80

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203453, 0.137895 – click here for location

Riggs headstone



Sophia Riggs (née Last) (30 April 1804 – 17 July 1865)

Sophia was born in Suffolk and is believed to have been the daughter of Bradbury and Harriet (née Barnes) Last. She married Charles Riggs in Huntingdon on 29 June 1827.  Charles was a cabinet maker and in 1851 the couple were living at 6 North Street in Peterborough.  In 1861 they were living at The Clarendon Arms, 36 Clarendon Road in Cambridge, and Charles was the landlord.  They then moved to 1 Melbourne Place, and Charles resumed working as a cabinet maker.  Sophia died aged 61 years old at Melbourne Place after what was described as a ‘long and painful affliction’.  The couple did not have any children.

Charles Riggs (1807 – 8 October 1887)

Charles was born in London, and baptised at St Ethelburga Church in Bishopsgate.  He was the son of John and Esther Riggs. After he was widowed he continued to live at Melbourne Place.  He died aged 80 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Riggs; Sophia Riggs