CFHS code : CL154

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GILBERT ROE a devoted husband and father b October 24th 1866 d August 5 1936 also HARRIET ROE his wife b July 18 1866 d Nov 10 1948

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Gilbert Roe (24 October 1866 – 5 August 1936)

Gilbert was the son of Owen and Jane (née Harvey)and he grew up at 22 Sussex Street (1871) and then at ‘private house in the meadows’ in Grantchester (1881). He married Harriet Looker in 1889 and they had one daughter: Barbara Mabel (known as Mabs) (1891-1875).  In 1891 they were living at 17 Jesus Lane and Gilbert was working as a cab proprietor (carriage owner). When he came before magistrates in March 1894 the family were living in Pembroke Street.  Gilbert was accused by P.C. Kitson of leaving two cabs unattended for over twenty-five minutes.  The policeman said he had warned Gilbert, but he had abused him.  The bench described Gilbert’s behavious as ‘almost impudent’ and fined him a total of 12s and 6d for the offense.

Newspaper advert from 1920

The family later moved to12 Park Street (1901/1911) where Gilbert was described as a furniture dealer/lodging house keeper. His father Owen had also been a furniture dealer and it is thought that Gilbert might have taken over the family business when his father died in October 1911. By at least 1916 he had taken a shop at 83 Regent Street and regularly placed adverts in local newspapers.  In December 1916 Private Reginald Hampson of the Combatant Staff of Cherry Hinton Hospital was accused of breaking into an outhouse at 83 Regent Street with intent to steal.  The soldier claimed he was drunk and did not known what he was doing and was discharged with a caution.  Gilbert died at home aged 69 years old.

Jessie Harriet (Harriet) Roe  (née Looker) (18 July 1866 – 10 November 1948)

Known as Harriet, she was the daughter of Alfred and Harriet and was born at the Crown Inn, Hills Road (now known as the Flying Pig) – photos of her parents can be seen on the Capturing Cambridge site.  By 1881 however her father was no longer a publican and the family were living at Derby Street, Newnham where Alfred Looker was a carpenter.  After she was widowed Harriet lived with daughter Mabs at 17 Causeway and was marked as being incapacitated in the 1939 records.  She died at home aged 82 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Gilbert Roe; Harriet Roe