CFHS code : CL62

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Memory of EDWARD RIST LAWRENCE d Feb 16 1861 aged 25 also EDWARD RIST LAWRENCE d Sep 5 1876 aged 70 also In Memory of ELIZABETH beloved wife of EDWARD RIST LAWRENCE d 4 June 1857 age 53

Monument : Stone Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lawrence family tomb


The tall, neo-classical Ketton stone pediment is richly carved with a frieze of beribboned wreaths and mouldings, with corner pilasters. Above is a square cinerary urn with four acroteria at the corners, finely carved cornices, and an ornamental centrepiece. There are inscriptions on three sides of the pediment.


‘In memory of Elizabeth
The beloved wife of Edward Rist Lawrence
Who departed this life June 4, 1857
Aged 53 years’
(remainder illegible)

‘In memory of Edward Rist Lawrence
Died Feb 16, 1861
Aged 25 years’
(remainder illegible)

‘In memory of Edward Rist Lawrence
Who died Sep 5, 1876
Aged 70 years
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee”’

Edward Rist Lawrence ( c.1806 – 5 September 1876)

Edward was born in Cambridge and married the widow Elizabeth Starmer  in Grantchester on 30th June 1835.  They had at least five children together: Edward Rist [1836-1861], Alfred [1837-], Frederick George [1839-1904], Catherine [1840-1926] and Clara Jane [1843-].

In 1841 the family were living in Grantchester and Edward was a wine merchant. By 1851 they had moved to 18 Bridge Street, where Edward had a wine and spirit business employing 2 men.  The business became the Cock and Magpie from at least 1871, which in turn is now the site of the Mitre Pub on Bridge Street. Edward was running the business until at least 1871, and he died aged 70 years old at Chester House.

Elizabeth Lawrence [nee Nurrish] (c.1804 – 4 June 1857)

Elizabeth was born in Trumpington, and married Thomas Starmer in 1825 when she was 21 years old.  Thomas and Elizabeth had three children: Emily [1826-], Thomas [1827-1866] and Anne E [1831-].  Thomas Starmer[ Snr] died in 1833 and Elizabeth was left a widow.

She married for a second time in 1835 to Edward Rist Lawrence, and they went on to have a further five children together.   She died in June 1857 aged 53 years old.

Edward Rist Lawrence (c.1836 – 16 February 1861)

Edward was the eldest child of Edward and Elizabeth Lawrence.  He was born in Grantchester and baptised there on 4th June 1837.   He died at 18 Bridge Street aged 25 years old.  Newspaper records show that he was a solicitor at the time of his death.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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