CFHS code : HT227

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Memory of GEORGE HARTWELL ROE d Oct 24 1874 aged 62 also ELIZA wife of the above d May 30 1889 aged 76 also CHARLES SMERDON ROE son of the above b Nov 21 1842 d Feb 27 1900

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Roe headstone 2016.



In Memory of GEORGE HARTWELL ROE died Oct 24 1874 aged 62 years

Also ELIZA wife of the above died May 30 1889 aged 76

Also CHARLES SMERDON ROE son of the above born Nov 21 1842 died Feb 27 1900

George Hartwell Roe (1812 – 24 October 1874)

George was born in Paignton in Devon, and is believed to have been the son of George and Eliza Roe.  He married Eliza Few on 6 April 1836 in Cambridge.  George was a watch/clock maker and jeweler and had a shop at 7 Market Hill.  The shop was open from at least 1840 onwards.

The couple had at least five children: William Hartwell (1837-1891), Eliza Mary (known as Bessie) (1838-1894), Elizabeth Sell (1841-1926), Charles Smerdon (1842-1900) and Edward (1845-).  George died at 7 Market Hill aged 62 years old.

Eliza Roe (née Few) (24 November 1813 – 30 May 1889)

Eliza was the daughter of William and Mary Few.  She was baptised at St Andrew the Great church on 14 August 1825 when she was 14 years old. Eliza married George Roe when she was 22 years old.

After being widowed she continued to live at 7 Market Hill with son Charles, who had taken over the family business. She died at Market Hill aged 75 years old (although her grave monument records her age as 76 years old).

Charles Smerdon Roe (21 November 1842 – 27 February 1900)

Charles was baptised on 26 April 1855. He grew up at 7 Market Hill and took over the family jewelry/watch business from his father George.  He never married and in 1891 was living at Market Hill with his housekeeper Mary Malden and servant Elizabeth Cooper.

Charles died in February 1900 after a short illness.  He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 March 1900, and the funeral was reported in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal.  He was said to have been a man of ‘great business capacity’ and although he never formally entered into public life he was said to have taken a keen interest in town life – ‘his genial disposition made him many friends’.  He was a Col-Sergeant in the Cambridge Volunteer Corps.  Charles was also a keen angler, one of the earliest members of the Cambridge and Ely Angling Society and was Vice-President of the club at the time of his death. He was a member of the Cambridge Conservative association, and in 1898 had been elected as one of the directors of the Cambridge University and Town Waterworks Company.

The only example of “The Fishing Cottage that we were able to find online.

Charles Roe was also a keen amateur photographer and exhibited at the 1891 and 1895 Royal Photographic Society exhibitions. He photographed the landscapes of East Anglia, documenting working communities working on the waterways.  His photo in the 1895 exhibition was entitled ‘A Fishing Cottage’ and a critic called it ‘one of the most intelligible of landscapes to be found amongst those from England’. Examples of his work can be seen here.

His funeral service took place in Holy Trinity Church, before internment at Mill Road Cemetery.   It was said to be a ‘simple and impressive’ service, and was attended by many members of the Volunteer Corps, the Master of Magdalene and directors of the Waterworks Company.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Smerdon Roe; Eliza Roe; George Hartwell Roe