CFHS code : HT292b

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : ROSE the beloved wife of HENRY SMITH d Dec [13 or 15] 1871 aged 65

Monument : Chest tomb

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



From parish burial records it is known that Henry Smith is also buried in the same grave as his wife Rose.

Henry Smith (1799-17 July 1866)

Henry was born in Bedford and married Rose Battams on 5 February 1828 in Weston Underwood, Buckinghamshire.  Henry was a printer and he and Rose had at least five children: Ellen Rose (1830-1917), Harriett Annie (1831-), Rose Susan (1836-1908), Henry Quincey (1838-) and Rev. Percy Hattersley (1847-1918). The eldest children were born in London, but by 1847 when son Percy was born the family had moved to live at 11 Market Hill.  Henry was the editor/printer of the Cambridge Independent Press and in 1851 was employing 26 people. Every copy of the Cambridge Independent Press read ‘printed by steam power, by and for Henry Smith, and published by him at his General Printing and Publishing offices, no 11 Market Hill in the Parish of Holy Trinity Cambridge’. The family were still living at Market Hill in 1861 but then moved to live at Merton Hall, Northampton Street.

Newspaper advert 1855

In 1850 he was made an Alderman of the city, he served as a magistrate and was said to be ‘an indefatigable member of the corporation, devoting much time and attention to public matters’.  He represented the Liberal party but was said to possess ‘all the attributes that distinguish a good and an excellent man’.  He died ‘suddenly’ at his home whilst dressing and his funeral was held on 20 July.

Rose Smith (née Battams)  (1806 –  13 December 1871)

Rose was born in Carlton, Bedfordshire and baptised there on 11 February 1806. She ws the eldest daughter of Robert and Charlotte (née Pell) and married Henry Smith when she was 22 years old. After she was widowed she moved to  Beresford House, Bleinheim Terrace, Notting Hill and died there aged 65 years old. Her funeral took place in Cambridge on 16 December 1871.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Henry Smith; Rose Smith
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