History of 102 Gwydir Street

See History of Gwydir Street and Buildings in Gwydir Street.

Mrs Brinter lived in 102 Gwydir St in 1904 (see Spalding's Directory).

Mrs Clark lived there in 1913 (see Spalding's Directory).

Sandra who used to live at number 102 remembered the Dewdrop Inn (now the Cambridge Blue). See the Cambridge Blue history for more details.

The following record was made by the owner of 102 Gwydir St in 2003 from the house deeds.

17th December 1867: Richard John Geldart, Jospeh Sturton and William Richard Sumpter parcel up a field off Mill Road into lots. Lot 7 is sold for £140 to Thomas Blewett, Engineer.

Between 1867 and 1891: Thomas Blewett builds seven houses on the plot, being numbers 102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112 and 114 Gwydir Street.

14th November 1892: Thomas Blewett dies, leaving the properties to his daughter Catherine Anne Blewett of Kensington, London, and the rental income for life to his wife Elizabeth Blewett who dies on 26th February 1895.

1904: Mrs Brinter living in 102 Gwydir St (from Spaldings directory).

31st December 1912: Alfred Cook of 174 Gwydir Street purchases the 'messuage and hereditaments' of 102 Gwydir Street from Catherine Anne Blewett for £230.

1913: Mrs Clark is in 1913 Spaldings directory as living at 102 Gwydir Street.

17th August 1928: Emma Cook (Alfred's widow since his death on 16th March 1928 and still at 147 Gwydir Street) sells 102 Gwydir Street to the then tenants, Florence and Francis Gray for £235.

9th October 1956: Arthur Frederick Hewitt of 50 East Road Cambridge purchases 102 Gwydir Street from Florence Gray for £1200. £550 of the purchase price came from his wife Mrs Dorothy Priscilla Hewitt (dowry?) and the balance from a mortgage with the Co-Operative Permanent Building Society (£650 at 5.5 %) with fixed monthly repayments of £5 8s 4d (£5.43 - in effect a 15 year mortgage).

17th May 1978: Arthur Frederick Hewitt dies.

24th August 1987: Dorothy Priscilla Hewitt dies.

17th March 1988: 102 Gwydir Street sold for £62,000 by Mrs Hewitt's executors to present owners.

From Capturing Cambridge:


1867: Lot 7 of land off Mill Road sold to Thomas Blewett, engineer

1867-1891: Thomas Blewett builds seven houses which become 102 – 114 Gwydir Street

1881: (rented)
William Henry Ayres, head, 42, railway guard, b Berks
Elizabeth, wife, 45, b Newmarket
William E, son, printer compositor, b Newmarket
Charles H, son, 15, scholar, b Newmarket
Frank, son, 12, scholar, b Newmarket
Blanche, daughter, 9, scholar, b Newmarket

CIP 27.8.1881
p.8: ASSAULT. William Henry Ayres, of Gwydir-street, was summoned for assaulting Edward Heap, chemist, of Gwydir street, the previous Saturday.—Mr. Jarrold appeared for the complainant—Complainant said he had know defendant some time. On Saturday morning about 12.15 witness was in his shop. Defendant went into the shop. Complainant told him that they had a very nice meeting the night before at the Coffee Palace. Defendant commenced swearing immediately, cursing the teetotalers. Complainant said teetotalers were better than drunkards and it would be better for him if he were to join as he was occasionly the worse for drink. Defendant said complainant had never seen him drunk. Witness said he had scores of times. Defendant said witness was a liar. Witness replied "And so are you." Defendant said "If you say that again I will knock you off the chair." Complainant repeated his statement and defendant struck him on his ear. Witness called to the a young man who was in the sitting room to go to his assistance. The young man went and in his presence defendant struck witness again. Defendant was not sober.—William Page, bootmaker, deposed to seeing defendant strike the complainant.—The bench fined defendant 1s. and costs.

1891: (rented)
Edward Morrell, head, 50, railway yard foreman, b Essex
Alice, wife, 51, b Great Wilbraham
Edward, son, 29, fitter's labourer, b Great Wilbraham
George F, son, 25, b New Fletton
Alice E, daughter, 23, dressmaker, b New Fletton
Esther E, daughter, 18, dressmaker, b Cambridge
Maud R, daughter, 7, b Cambridge

1891: Thomas Blewett died and properties were left his daughter Catherine Anne Blewett of Kensington, and the income to his wife Elizabeth who died in 1895.

CIP 22.9.1893
: School Attendance. For disobeying Magistrates orders Christopher Morley of 102 Gwydir Street fined 5s.

CIP 19.10.1894
: School Attendance. For disobeying Magistrates orders Christopher Morley of 102 Gwydir Street was fined 2s 6d.

Christopher Morley, 62, bricklayer, b Linton
Sarah, 77, tailoress, b Essex
Arthur M, 21, bricklayer, b Cambridge
May E, 19, b Cambridge

1904: (rented) Mrs Brinter

1911: (rented)
William Matthew Butler, 49, GER railway engine driver, b Cambridge
Elizabeth, 49, b Herts
Emma Martha, 22, dressmaker, b Cambridge
William George Barham, grandson, 9, b Cambridge

1912: Alfred Cook of 174 Gwydir Street purchased 102 Gwydir Street from Catherine Anne Blewitt for £230.

1913: (rented)
Mrs Clark

1928: Alfred Cook's widow, Emma, sells 102 Gwydir Street to the tenants, Francis and Florence Gray

Francis Gray, b 1876, clerk haulage
Florence, b 1883
Herbert W, b 1915, tester sc[ience] institute
Ernest Charles, b 1919, hairdresser

Arthur Frederick Hewitt, husband of Dorothy, who had inherited 50 East Road from her former husband, started the purchase of 102 Gwydir Street in his own name alone from Florence Gray using the proceeds of 50 East Road. His wife, when she was contacted by the relevant building society, wasn't very happy about her husband using her inheritance to put the property in his own name, so it was agreed, after a memorable row, that they should be joint owners of 102. (Information supplied by the family in 2021.)

Arthur Hewitt (Kelly's)

1978: Arthur Frederick Hewitt dies

1987: Dorothy Priscilla Hewitt dies

102 Gwydir Street sold by executors-gwydir-street

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