CFHS code : PL206a

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of THOMAS HARVEY d Sept 1889 age 64 also CAROLINE his wife d Dec 14 1915 age 89 also WILLIAM d Feb 19 1882 age 60

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Harvey headstone February 2018


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located on the east of the west path close to the Lodge.


In Loving Memory of THOMAS HARVEY died Sept. 6th 1889. Age 64 years.

Also CAROLINE wife of the above died Dec. 14th 1915. Aged 89 years.

Also WILLIAM died Feb 19th 1882. Aged 60 years.

“Peace Perfect Peace”

Thomas Harvey (1826 – 6 September 1889)

Thomas was born in Wymondham, Norfolk but by 1851 was lodging at 21 Regent Street with the Rutter family and working as a carpenter. He married Caroline Rutter in 1853 and they had seven children: Adelaide Louisa (1844-1939), Alice Ellen (1857-1944), Caroline Helena (1859-1937), Kate Florence (1861-1932), Edith Getrude (1866-1949),  Beatrice Federica (1868-1950) and one further child who died as an infant. The family lived at Regent Street (1861) and then 37 Russell Street (at least 1871 onwards). Thomas was documented as a builder’s foreman (1871) and joiner (1881). He died in London aged  64 years old and his obituary said he had ‘been for the last nine years in declining health, but he had been a  little better lately, and we learn that he had gone to London to superintend the carrying out of a large contract when he died. Mr Harvey was a man well-known and highly respected in Cambridge…he was an active member of the Liberal 300, took a warm and intelligent interest in all Liberal movements and will be missed by a wide circle of friends’.

Caroline Harvey (née Rutter) (c.1826 – 14 December 1915)

Caroline was born in Hundon, Suffolk and baptised there on 8 October 1826. She was the daughter of baker Thomas Rutter (1784-) and his wife Ann (née Seabrook) (1790-1870) and grew up at 21 Regent Street. After she was widowed she continued to live at 37 Russell Street with daughter Beatrice (1891) before moving to live in Steatham with daughter Edith (1901) and then Balham with daughter Alice (1911).She died at Bryne Road, Balham aged 89 years old.

William Harvey (c.1821 – 19 February 1882)

William was Thomas Harvey’s elder brother and was also born in Wymondham, Norfolk. He lived at 37 Russell Street from at least 1871 onwards and was described on census returns as a ‘joiner/staircase hand’.



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Caroline Harvey; Thomas Harvey; William Harvey