CFHS code : HT430

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Memory of MARY ANNE ROOKE d 18 Jan 1870 aged 61 also of LOUISA daughter of [HARRY] & LOUISA ROOKE & granddaughter of the above d 6 Jan 1879 aged 1 year 9 months also HARRY FOSTER ROOKE d 19 Sept 1936 in his 84th year

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Mary Anne Rooke (c.1808 – 16 January 1870)

Mary was born in Quy, Cambridgeshire and married Gilbert Foster (1808-). Gilbert was a shoemaker and they lived at Norfolk Street (1851).  They had four children: Susan (1842-), Hannah (1845-), Charles (1848-) and Henry Gilbert (1850-1851). Thereafter the exact narrative is not clear.  Gilbert Foster was still alive in 1854, and no record of his death his been found.

In 1861 Mary was running the White Hart pub, 22 King Street and was living there with children Susan, Hannah and Charles.  Her surname on the census was Rooke, and all the children had this surname, whereas in 1851 they had been named Foster.  There is no record of her having married a Mr Rooke. She died suddenly at the White Hart and the Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘it appears that the deceased has been under the care of Mr. Deighton, surgeon, for some time, being afflicted with dropsy, but on Tuesday morning being apparently better than usual, she got up and came downstairs, but at about half-past ten o’clock she suddenly died, before she could be got upstairs to bed’.

Louisa Rooke (1877 –  6 January 1879)

Louisa was the daughter of Harry Foster Rooke and Louisa (née Moden) and died at 14 Willow Walk aged 1 year old. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 9 January 1879.

Harry Foster Rooke (1852 –  19 September 1936)

Harry was the son of Mary Anne Rooke, and his father was named as Charles Rooke on his marriage certificate.  Little is known of his early life, and he was not living with his mother and siblings in 1861.  In 1871 he was living at the White Hart with his brother Charles and sister in law Jane and working as an apprentice plumber. He married Louisa Moden (1849-1938) on 20 February 1876 in Haggerston, London –  Louisa was the daughter of Henry ‘Tiger’ Moden and Sarah (née Hart).  The couple lived at 14 Willow Walk, and in 1881 Harry was working as a plumber. The couple  had five children: Louisa, Harry Charles (1881-1968), Mary Louise (1883-1971), Ellis (1885-1959) and Elizabeth (1890-1987). They moved to live at  King Street (1891 onwards) and by 1911 Harry was documented as a builder/decorator and he ran a company called Rooke and Sons.  He died at 113 King Street and his funeral took place on 23 September 1936.

In 1901 Louisa (née Moden) Rooke was living with her brother Robert at Mill Road and in 1911 she was living at Norwich Street and was housekeeper for Robert Laws, a hotel waiter. She died in Burwell aged 89 years old.



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Harry Foster Rooke; Louisa Rooke; Mary Anne Rooke