CFHS code : PL186

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANN CATLING d 26 Nov 1899 aged 84 also of HARRIET ANN CATLING niece of the above d Feb 13 1917 aged 76 also of EMILY REBECCA CATLING b Jan 24 1840 d Sep 27 1923 reverse In Loving Memory of CATHERINE ELLEN CATLING b March 1st 1868 d Nov 14th 1928

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in December 2019.


This headstone stands roughly 8 rows east of the lodge in the parish area of St Paul. It is 1 row north of the south path and usually visible although sometimes covered in ivy. The carved inscription has faded in some places but is still legible. The decoration of lilys is still very clear.


east face
In Loving Memory of MARY ANN CATLING died 26 November 1899 aged 84 years

Also of HARRIET ANN CATLING niece of the above died Feb 13 1917 aged 76 years

Also of EMILY REBECCA CATLING born Jan 24 1840 died Sep 27 1923

west face
In Loving Memory of CATHERINE ELLEN CATLING born March 1st 1868 entered into rest Nov 14th 1928

Mary Ann Catling (c.1815 – 26 November 1899)

Mary died at 33 Mawson Road, the house of her niece Harriet Catling. She was 84 years old.

Harriet Ann Catling (c.1841 – 13 February 1917)

Harriet was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and in 1871 was working as  a nurse for Lucy Laing and her family in Paddington. By 1881 she was living with Lucy at Adelaide Road in Hampstead and acting as her ladies’ maid.  Harriet had moved to 24 Green Street by 1888 where she was running a lodging house.  By at least 1895 she had moved to run the lodging house at 33 Mawson Road and died in 1917 aged 76 years old,

Emily Rebecca Catling (24 January 1840 – 26 September 1923)

Emily was the daughter of Edward and Rebecca (née Thurgood) Catling and sister of James. Edward Catling (1784-1864) who was a florist and nurseryman and she grew up on St. Peter’s Street, Cambridge. By the age of 21 (1861) Emily was working as a milliner and dressmaker. In 1871 she was living with her widowed mother Rebecca (1800-1873) at 2 Shelley Row Almshouses and is documented as being a dressmaker on the census of that year. She then moved to live at 36 Clarendon Stret (1881) and 22 Earl Street (at least 1890 onwards). Emily died at Earl Street aged 83 years old.

The west face in December 2019.

Catherine Ellen Catling (1 March 1868 – 14 November 1928)

Catherine was the eldest daughter of James and Ellen (née Debron) Catling and Emily’s niece.  Her father was an auctioneer and valuer and she grew up at Free School Lane (1871/1881).  In 1891 Catherine was living with her sister Ethel (1880-1945) at the home of her paternal uncle Thomas Catling in Lambeth.  By 1911 both girls were hospitalised at St Andrew’s  General Lunatic Asylum in Northampton. Catherine died at the Three Counties Asylum in  Arlesey, Bedfordshire aged 60 years old.  Her sister Ethel died at Fulbourn Asylum in 1945.



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Catherine Ellen Catling; Emily Rebecca Catling; Harriet Ann Catling; Mary Ann Catling