CFHS code : PL544

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of REUBEN SLINGSBY d Jun 1 1925 age 67 also CHARLOTTE beloved wife of the above d Jan 7 1941 age 82 DORIS SLINGSBY d Feb 5 1897 age 3 months

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202247, 0.13606364 – click here for location

Slingsby grave
Slingsby headstone


A simple engraved headstone, with stone surround with inscription on the front edge, located in the St Paul’s section of the cemetery, close to the SW corner, just behind the cemetery lodge on the western public path. There is a large Rubus bush growing in the grave.


‘In loving memory of
Reuben Slingsby
died June 1st 1925
aged 67 years
“After labour – cometh rest”

‘Also Charlotte
beloved wife of the above
died Jan 7th 1941
aged 82 years’

On front edge of surround:
‘Doris Slingsby
died Feb 5 1897
aged 3 months’

Reuben Slingsby (8 July 1857 – 1 June 1925)see also Life Story page

Reuben was born in Bradford and baptised at the Ebenezer Methodist Chapel on 6 September 1857.  He was the son of George and Susannah and grew up in Bradford where his father was a stoker in the local dyeworks. Aged 13 Reuben was working in a warehouse and married Charlotte Scott in Bradford in 1879. The couple had twelve children: Maud (1880-1946), Helen (1882-1951), Charlotte (known as Lottie) (1883-1953), Bertha (1886-1961), Annie (1888-1947), Reuben Leonard (1889-1952), Edna (1892-1969), Frederick Nicholas (1894-1973), Doris (1896-1897), Martha (1898-), Ralph Scott (1900-1957) and Horace Edgar (1902-1925).  Their daughter Maud was born in Bradford, but the family had moved to live at 37 Covent Garden by 1881.  Reuben was a carpenter (1891), and established the firm of R. Slingsby in 1901.  The business mainly conducted building works, but also conducted funeral arrangements.

The Slingsby family  later lived at 23 Cross Street (1891) and 31 Union Terrace (later named Mawson Road) (at least 1901 onwards). Reuben was a member of the Cambridge Ornithological Society and sat on the Board of Guardians for Mill Road workhouse. In 1904 it was proposed that several local clubs amalagamate in order to run an exhibition/show in August of that year: The Cambridge Ornithological Society, the Cambridge Canine Society, the Cambridge Cage Bird society, the Cambridge Athletic Union and the Cambridge Cycle Union.  The show was to cover areas such as horticulture, athletics, cycling and caged birds, and Reuben was apppointed chairman of the General Committee. The show ran for several years and was known as the Cambridge Mammoth Show, and Reuben Slingsby continued to act asthe chair. He was a labour councillor for the St. Matthew’s Ward (1893),  and lost the seat in the November 1899 elections when it was won by Mr G Hawkins.  Reuben was later a member of the Cambridge Working Men Liberal Club (1904) and also sat on the the Mill Road, Barnwell and New Town Garden Society.

He died in Wood Green, London (the home of his daughter Helen and son in law Walter Few) aged 67 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 5 June.

Charlotte Slingsby (née Scott)  (22 June 1858 – 7 January 1941)

Charlotte was born in York and baptised at St. Margaret’s Church on 11 July 1858.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Eliza, and her father was a cabinet maker. When the records of 1939 was taken she was in Guildford with her daughter Annie, and son in law John Bradshaw.  Charlotte was documented as being incapacitated. She died at Mawson Road aged 82 years old.

Doris Slingsby (1896 – 5 February 1897)

Doris died at Cross Street aged 3 months old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 8 February.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

By Ian Bent with addtional information by Claire Martinsen

Charlotte Slingsby; Doris Slingsby; Reuben Slingsby