CFHS code : AG517

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of ALEXANDER FLETCHER d May 16 1870 aged 50 EDWARD CHARLES b July 1[4] 1854 d Dec 30 1855 ELIZABETH COTES b Feb 8 1851 d Jan [1] 1856 GILBERT PICKETT b July 7 1849 d Oct 6 18-0 KENNETH ALEXANDER b July 19 1858 d June 18 186[3] FREDERICK BARLOW b Aug 19 1860 d June 27 1863 also of LOUISA FLETCHER wife of the above b Sep 16 1818 d Jan 21 1900

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Fletcher headstone May 2017


This headstone,  located in the northern section of the parish of Andrew the Great, stands midway between the west path and the centre circle. and 9 monuments north of the  east west path.  Most of the inscription is still legible. 


‘In Affectionate Remembrance of ALEXANDER FLETCHER
Who died May 16 1870 aged 50′

Also [the] fondly loved child[ren]  of the above [who] lie near this spot

EDWARD CHARLES born July 1[4] 1854 died Dec 30 1855

ELIZABETH COTES born Feb 8 1851 died Jan 1 1856

GILBERT PICKETT born July 7 1849 died Oct 6 1860

KENNETH ALEXANDER born July 19 1858 died June 18 186[3]

FREDERICK BARLOW born Aug 19 1860 died June 27 1863

Also of LOUISA FLETCHER wife of the above born Sep 16 1818 died Jan 21 1900′

Alexander Fletcher (c1820 – 1870)

Alexander was born in Scotland and was the son of Hugh. He married Louisa Pickett on 19th November 1846 at Saint Giles church, Cripplegate, London. They had at least eight children: Louisa Jessie (1847-1933), Gilbert Pickett (1849-1860), Elizabeth Cotes (1851-1856), Arthur John Pickett (1853-1903), Charles Edward (1854-1855), Mary Elizabeth (1856-1951), Kenneth Alexander (1858-1863) and Frederick Barlow (1860-1863).  Their first child was born in London, but by 1849 the family had moved to Cambridge living first at Brunswick Walk (1851) and then 3 Emmanuel Street (at least 1861 onwards).  

Alexander was a bookseller’s clerk (1851/1861) and worked for Messrs. Deighton, Bell & Co on Trinity Street. He later ran a Lodging House from 3 Emmanuel Street.

He died at Cambridge Goal and his death was subject to an inquest.  Alexander was said to have fallen into very bad habits and had been arrested for assaulting his wife.  He was taken to the Police Station on 13 May ‘and it was there found that he was in such a state of half drunkeness and violence that they were afraid to detain him till the next day’.  The Mayor was sent for, and he was detained to appear in court the following day.  John Ellis, the Governor of the Goal stated ‘on his coming into the Goal I found him in a most wretched, filthy state, the stench being almost unbearable and that he was evidently labouring under a severe fit of delirium tremens’ (alcohol poisoning).  The doctor was then called to examine him and Alexander was placed in a secure cell. He admitted to the doctor that he had been drinking to excess and was prescribed beer, brandy and arrowroot.   John Ellis further testified ‘he continued in a most excited state during the whole night calling for ‘Beer, Beer’ and in the morning he was unfit to be removed’. He died at 1.30am on 16 May and the jury returned a verdict of death by delirium tremens.

Edward Charles Fletcher (1854-1855)

Edward was baptised on December 17th 1854 in the parish church of St Andrew the Less when the family were living in Brunswick Walk. He died at Clarendon Street of scarlet fever, with his sister Elizabeth dying of the same disease two days later.  They were buried together on  January 2nd 1856.

Elizabeth Cotes Fletcher (1851-1856) 

Elizabeth was baptised on April 20th 1851 in the parish church of St Andrew the Less. She also died of scarlet fever. 

Gilbert Pickett Fletcher (1849-1860)

Gilbert was baptised on September 16th 1849 and died at 3 Emmanuel Street aged eleven years old.

Kenneth Alexander Fletcher (1858-1863)

Kenneth was baptised on September 19th 1858 and died at Emmanuel Road.  He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 20 June 1863.

Frederick Barlow Fletcher (19 August 1860 – 27 June 1863)

Frederick died aged 2 years old and was buried at Mill Road on 28 June.

Louisa Fletcher (née Pickett) (16 September 1818 – 21 June 1900)

Louisa was born in London and baptised at the Scotch Church, London Wall on 12 January 1819. She was the daughter of engraver Gilbert Jesser Pickett (1787-1867) and his wife Louisa (née Gray). She married Alexander Fletcher when she was 28 years old.

She continued to live at 3 Emmanuel Road, and ran the Lodging House.  She lived with son Arthur and daughter Louisa and died at home at the age of 81.



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Alexander Fletcher; Edward Charles Fletcher; Elizabeth Cotes Fletcher; Frederick Barlow Fletcher; Gilbert Pickett Fletcher; Kenneth Alexander Fletcher; Louisa Fletcher
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