CFHS code : HT491

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of REBECCA RAYMENT d 7 May 1906 aged 67 also BENJAMIN RAYMENT husband of above 27 Jan 1936 in his 100th year

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Rebecca Rayment  (née Newling) (16 September 1838 – 7 May 1906)

Rebecca was born in Barley, near Royston and baptised there on 30 September 1838. She was the eldest child of Abraham and Mary, and her father was a farm labourer. She worked as a bonnet maker and married Benjamin Rayment on 6 November 1862 at Christ Church. Benjamin was also a boot maker and they lived briefly in Luton (1871) before moving to 5 Burleigh Street (1881).  In 1881 Benjamin was still working as a bootmaker, and Rebecca as a hat and bonnet maker employing 3 people. By 1891 they were still at Burleigh Street and both Benjamin and Rebecca were working as ‘straw hat and bonnet makers’. She died at Burleigh Street and was buried on 12 May 1906.

Benjamin Rayment (1836 – 27 January 1936)

(The surname was sometimes spelt Raymond on early records/documents)

Benjamin was born in Cherry Hinton and baptised there on 31 July 1836.  He was the son of shoemaker/leather cutter George and Eliza and grew up in Cherry Hinton (1841) and then 34 Adam and Eve Row (1851). Aged 14 he was working as a shoemaker’s apprentice and later worked as a straw bonnet maker. Newspaper adverts from October 1906 read ‘Ladies’ beaver, fur, felt and straw hats, cleaned and altered to the present fashions – B. Rayment, Hat and Bonnet maker’. Benjamin died aged 99 years old at Burleigh Street and was buried on 31 January 1936.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Benjamin Rayment; Rebecca Rayment