CFHS code : PL288
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : In Loving Remembrance of NATHAN & RUTH HUNT d 13 Aug & 12 Nov 1931 aged 82 also ROSE ELLEN (NELLIE) their beloved daughter d 6 Feb 1898 aged 4
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones
Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Nathan Hunt (13 March 1849 – 13 August 1931)
Nathan was the son of Nathan and Sarah and was born and raised in the village of Coates, near Whittlesey, six miles east of Peterborough. His father farmed 114 acres of land in Coates and Nathan trained as a carpenter. In 1871 he was living in Acton with his sister Alice, who acted as housekeeper. He later worked for Great Eastern Railway as an engine driver and married Ruth Lane in Cambridge in 1875. Nathan and Ruth had eight children: Harry (1877-), Nellie (1879-1879), Frank Gerald (1880-), William Charles (1883-1973), Herbert George (1886-1983), Ronald Nathan (1889-1891), Ronald Nathan (1892-1954) and Rose Ellen (Nellie) (1893-1898). The family lived at 75 Gwydir Street (1881), 4 Hope Street (1891/1901) and Durban House, 25 Romsey Road (at least 1911 onwards).
Nathan was a keen allotment keeper and sat on the both the Ronsey Town Allotment Committee and District Allotment Committee. In November 1920 he helped oversee the opening of the new Coldham Lane allotments, which were officially opened by the Mayor of Cambridge. The Cambridge Daily News reported ‘the land comprises 32 acres and is divided into 501 plots, averaging 10 poles apiece, a few larger ones being earmarked for ex-soldiers with large families. The field presented a busy scene on Saturday, when the majority of the holders went straight to work as soon as the opening ceremony was over….and no more convincing illustration of the acute desire for allotments could have been found’. Over 450 of the plots were allocated immediately, mainly to ex-soldiers. The Mayor said ‘this allotment work was to provide employment for people during their unemployed hours. There was work enough for all to do, but they had some spare time, and this would find them some profitable employment. There were several advantages connected with the (allotment) movement. They wanted food and some of the luxuries of life, which their allotments could provide, and it was also a healthy occupation. He though it was a great aid to temperance, for many many were it not for this work, might drift away into company which was not for their good’. The allotment movement grew rapidly after the war. In 1919 an additional 28 acres were allocated to allotments on the Rock Estate (between Cherry Hinton Road and Hills Road) and as a result of demand increasing three fold after the First World War.
Nathan died at home aged 82 years old and his funeral took place on 17 August 1931.
Ruth Hunt (née Lane) (29 May 1849 – 12 November 1931)
Ruth was the daughter of Elijah and Ann and was born in Somersham, Huntingdonshire. Elijah Lane ran a grocery/butchery shop in the village and before marrying Nathan Hunt, Ruth assisted her father in the business. She died a few months after her husband and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 16 November 1931.
Rose Ellen (Nellie) Hunt (1893 – 6 February 1898)
Nellie died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 4 years old and was buried on 9 February.
Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS
by Claire Martinsen
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