CFHS code : BO43

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : ROGER JOHN RYLE Jan 19, 1889 ‒ Sep 1, 1897′ “Jesus called to him a little child also of NEA HEWISH RYLE b Dec 6 1855 d May 22 1936

Monument : Stone cross (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202822, 0.13755472 – click here for location

Ryle monument


This large and handsome polished marble cross with rustic single plinth and kerb stones, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located in the centre circle, in the north sector of the circle.


[east face:]

‘Roger John Ryle Jan 19, 1889 ‒ Sep 1, 1897’
“Jesus called to him a little child”

[north face:]

‘Also of Nea Hewish Ryle born Dec 6 1856 died May 22 1936’

[west and south faces blank]

Roger John Ryle (19 January 1889 ‒ 1 September 1897)

Roger was the son of Herbert and Nea Ryle. The cause of his death was said to be from heart failure after chloroform.  He was eight and a half years old, and died at the Lodge, Queens College, Cambridge.

Nea Hewish Ryle (née Adams) (6 December 1856 ‒ 22 May 1936)

Nea was born in Mumbai in India and was the only child of Major General George Hewish Adams and his wife Catherine (née Jones). She married Herbert Edward Ryle (1856-1925) at Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone on 15 August 1883.  Herbert was a brilliant scholar from Kings College Cambridge, who had come up from Eton.  He had graduated with a B.A. (1st Class ) in the Theological Tripos in 1881.  The couple returned to live at Cambridge, and Herbert went on to receive his Doctor of Divinity in 1895.

Herbert Ryle. Husband of Nea Hewish Ryle

Nea and Herbert had three sons – only one of whom survived to adulthood: Otto J (1884-1885), Edward Hewish (1885-1952) and Roger John (1889-1897).  In 1891 the family were living at Meadowcroft, London Road (what is now called Trumpington Road).  Herbert Ryle had a glittering career and amongst other roles was Hon. Canon of Ripon (1895-1901), Hon. Chaplain to Queen Victoria (1896-1898), Bishop of Exeter (1901-1903), Bishop of Winchester (1903-1911), Dean of Westminster (1911-1925) and Chairman of the House of Clergy in the National Assembly (1920-1924).  In the census of 1911 Nea was documented as being a visitor at the home of Randall Davidson, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Whilst he was Dean of Westminster the couple lived at the Deanery at Westminster.

Herbert Ryle died in August 1925 aged 69 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. Nea went to live at the Goring Hotel in London, but died at the Ormond Lodge Nursing Home in Bath aged 80 years old.  She left an estate valued at £63,361 2s 5d (c. £3.2million at 2019 values).  She was buried in Cambridge with her youngest son.



Newspaper archives

St Botolph burial register

by Claire Martinsen and Mary Naylor

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Nea Hewish Ryle; Roger John Ryle