CFHS code : HS108
Parish : Holy Sepulchre
Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES JOHN HARRADINE d Dec 25 1910 age 61 also ELIZA HARRADINE d June 26 1940 age 90
Monument : Scroll/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202188, 0.13832918 – click here for location
In Loving Memory of JAMES JOHN HARRADINE died Dec. 25.
1910 aged 61 years
Also ELIZA HARRADINE died June 26 1940 age 90
James (Jim) John Harradine (1849 – 25 December 1910)
Jim was the son of Henry and Harriet (née Reeves) and brother of William and Sarah. He grew up at 24 Gloucester Place and his father was a house painter. Jim worked as a tennis marker/tennis teacher and started his career as marker of the tennis courts on Tennis Court Road. He then went to work at the courts on East Road which had been built by the Duke of Wellington, and from there to the Clare and Trinity Courts where he was head marker for thirty years. He was a noted player in his own right and was said to have ranked third in England, and had beaten noted players such as Hon. Alfred Lyttelton and E.H. Miles.
Jim married Eliza Hotson in 1871 and they had at least three daughters: Lily (1872-1917), Florence (1875-1943) and Gertrude (1887-1946). They lived at 9 Norfolk Buildings (1881), Racket Court House, Burrell’s Walk (1891/1901) before retiring to live at 39 Collier Road.
An annual Tennis handicap competition was held ‘for the benefit’ of the tennis court markers. For many years the competition was split between the so called ‘old’ courts on Tennis Court Road and the ‘new’ courts on East Road (also called the Messrs. Phillips’s Courts) and University students played for a challenge cup and presentation raquet. In 1898 the Cambridge Independent Press ran a report entitled ‘Professional Match – a match of considerable importance was played at the Clare and Trinity courts on Tuesday between Jim Harradine, the custodian of the courts, who is now close upon 50 and E.J. Gray of Mr. C.D. Rose’s courts at Hardwick, when Harradine who was in good form, won by three sets to two’. In December 1899 Jim was presented with a silver tea and coffee service and purse of money in recognition of his long service. The presentation was presided over by the Provost of King’s College and was attended by a ‘large number of ladies and gentlemen closely associated with the University’.
Jim was ill for the last year of his life and was pensioned in early 1910. He died at Collier Road of heart failure and the funeral took place on 29 December. His obituary said he was an ardent Liberal and was ‘never tired of discussing political issues. He had a charming personality and never lost his temper in argument and many old pupils revisiting Cambridge used to go and see him and chat over old times and have a friendly discussion with the old man upon his favourite topic’.
Jim’s nephew Arthur Twinn was appointed as tennis professional at Cambridge after his retirement.
Eliza Harradine (née Hotson) (24 March 1850 – 26 June 1940)
Eliza wass the daughter of James and Eliza and grew up at Wellington Street (1861) then Newmarket Road (1871). Her father worked as a labourer. Just before her marriage to Jim Harradine Eliza was working as schoolmistress at the New Street Ragged school – in January 1871 there were 207 pupils at the school. More information on Ragged schools can be found here.
After Jim Harradine’s death she continued to live at Collier Road and in 1939 was living with widowed daughter Florence and grandson Stanley. Eliza died at home aged 90 years old.
Eliza’s parents are also buried at Mill Road Cemetery, but their grave has not yet been identified. Eliza Hotson died at Burrell’s Walk in January 1904 aged 97. Her funeral was conducted by Rev. Henry Bennett, minister of the Primitive Methodist Tabernacle and five generations of the family were present at the graveside.
by Claire Martinsen
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