CFHS code : PL101

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : WILLIAM CHANTLER WHITEHEAD Priest d 30.12.1926 aged 86 also his wife CHARLOTTE EMMA PHOEBE WHITEHEAD d 10 Nov 1928 aged 81

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Rev. William Chantler Whitehead (1840 – 30th December 1926)

William was the son of John and Catherine Whitehead and was born in Easton, Hampshire in 1840.  He was baptised on 3rd May 1940.  He went to St Johns College, Cambridge in 1859.  He worked briefly as a second master of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Halifax [1862-1864] before becoming a priest.  He was curate in Brighouse and Skeyton Norfolk, before becoming the first  vicar of Ravensthorpe Yorkshire from 1870 – 1896.  He married in 1887.

He was the vicar of Litlington, Cambridge from 1896 – 1908 and then worked for the diocese of Ely thereafter.  William and Charlotte moved to 64 St Barnabas Road where he died in 1926 aged 81 years.

St Saviour’s Church celebrated its Diamond Anniversary in 1924, and he went back to the village to help celebrate.  He was apparently pushed around the village in a bath chair by some boy scouts.

Charlotte Emma Phoebe Whitehead [nee Foster ] (1847 – 19th November 1928)

Charlotte was born in Seaton Delavel, Northumberland. In 1861 she was living in Newcastle with her two uncles.  She married Rev William Chantler in 1887 and was the vicar’s wife at Ravensthorpe and later Litlington.   She died at 64 St Barnabas Road aged 81 years.


By Claire Martinsen

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Charlotte Emma Phoebe Whitehead; William Chantler Whitehead