CFHS code : PL572

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : GEORGE KETT b 26 Jun 1809 d 12 Aug 1872 and SARAH his wife b 22 Apr 1809 d 18 Nov 1885 FREDERICK JAMES son of the above d Dec 16 1916 also SUSANNAH ELIZABETH b May 26 1846 d Aug 16 1941

Monument : Headstone/Cruciform coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202472, 0.13604517 – click here for location

This is a listed monument.
Kett listed monument


This intricately carved monument was made by Rattee & Kett out of white marble, with green marble insets. It consists of a decorated headstone and plinth, on which lies a full-length cross finely carved with leaves, flowers and a crown. The headstone is topped by a quatrefoil, inset with a elaborate ribbon carved in relief, with an inscription around the edge which says: ‘I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come, Amen.’ The tomb forms a group with the other listed Kett, Rattee and Moyes graves nearby. 


‘George Kett born 26 June 1809 died 12 Aug 1872
and Sarah his wife born 22 April 1809 died 18 Nov 1885
“Passed from death into life” V John 24′

‘Frederick James
Son of the above died Dec 16 1916
Aged 68 years’

‘And Susannah Elizabeth
born May 26 1846 died August 16 1941’

On the surround:
‘Look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen’

George Kett 1809 – 1872

George Kett (1809-1872) – see life story page

George was born in *Suton near Wymondham, Norfolk to George & Catherine née Potter. This branch of the Kett family descended from Thomas Kett, younger brother of Robert & William who were hanged in 1549 for their part in the Kett rebellion in Norfolk. 

By the time George was born the Kett family were well established in Wymondham and *George was apprenticed to an uncle to learn wood working. He developed an interest in wood carving and studied many of the local examples.

He married Sarah Lincoln in Wymondham, Norfolk on July 9th 1835

They moved to Norwich where George was restoring parts of Norwich Cathedral and *James Rattee was placed under him as an apprentice. George moved his family to London in 1845 to work on the interiors and furnishings of the new Palace of Westminster. Finally the family moved to Cambridge where he joined forces with James Rattee to form the Rattee & Kett masonry company on the corner of Station Rd.

In 1861 George was running the business and employing 3 clerks,10 carvers,18 joiners, 2 bricklayers, 3 masons, 1 smith, 5 labourers and 1 boy.

George died suddenly at the age of 63. He had complained that he felt ill on Monday morning but it was not thought to be anything serious. Later that day he was found dead. There was no inquest as “there was no doubt as to the course of death” but the newspaper report does not give the cause. 

The business was taken on by his son George.

Sarah Kett 1809 – 1885

Sarah Kett (1809-1885)

Sarah was the daughter of  Elizabeth  and Edmund Lincoln. She was born in Wymondham, Norfolk.

She and George had at least 7 children George (1836 Wymondham), Joanna (1839), Edmund (1842), twins Alfred and William (1844) all baptised in Norwich, Susanna Elizabeth (1846 London) and Frederick James (1848 Cambridge).

The family lived at 3 Petersfield, 40 Hills Road and after the death of James Rattee they moved into Poplar Cottage on the corner of Station Road.

Frederick James Kett 1848-1916

Frederick James Kett (d 1916)

Frederick was the youngest child of George & Sara. He became a carver and probably worked in his father’s firm of Rattee & Kett. Nothing is known about his life after the 1871 census when aged 22 he was at his parent’s home on Station Road corner.

Frederick died at St Andrew’s hospital Northampton at the age of 68.

Susannah Elizabeth Kett 1846-1941

Susannah Elizabeth Kett (1846-1941)

Susanna was born in the parish of Westminster when her father was working on the carving at the Palace of Westminster. In 1871 she was still living at home. After the death of her parents she lived with her sister Joanna and brother in law Frederick Talbot at 49 New Square, where she  died aged 95.

The Talbots are buried in the parish of All Saints. We have found 2 monuments that may mark their graves 

Edited by Mary Naylor from information received from Simon Bull


Photos of the Kett Family supplied by Simon Bull

George’s death was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press on 17th Aug 1872 and his Obituary – Cambridge Chronicle Aug 17th 1872 & Independent Press Aug 24th 1872

Information in the above text, obtained from the obituary, has been marked with *

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Frederick James Kett; George Kett; Sarah Kett; Susannah Elizabeth Kett