History of 105 Gwydir Street

See History of Gwydir Street and Buildings in Gwydir Street.

Alfred Staden, tailor, lived in 105 Gwydir St in 1904 (see Spalding's Directory).

Miss Jillians lived here in 1913 (see Spalding's Directory).

From Capturing Cambridge:


1871: unnumbered
Henry Kent, 37, railway goods guard, b Oxon
Mary A, 33, b Beds
Lucy C, 8, b Cambridge
Henry, 4, b Bucks

Henry Kent, head, 47, railway goods guard, b Oxford
Lucy A, wife, 40, b Sawtry
Henry, son, 14, railway no. taker, b Bucks
Emma B, daughter, 1, b Cambridge

"And then there were the number takers, an obscure group - barely 500 strong - who had to stand at junctions across the country noting the movements of every wagon and carriage, reporting back to the Railway Clearing House in London so that the clerks could balance the companies' competing claims. Paid trainspotters, if you like." from a book "Elevene Minutes Late - a train journey to the soul of Britain" by Matthew Angele, 2009.

Frederick J Rowe, head, 27, warehouse porter, b Cambridge
Elizabeth, wife, 26, b Cottenham
Elizabeth, daughter, 1, b Cambridge
Caroline Norman, sister, 25, servant, b Cottenham
Elizabeth E Norman, niece, 4, b London

CDN 29.11.1899
: The Accident to a Little Girl: Mr J. Redfarn of Gwydir-street, writes: "On reading your paper I see you state that I was driving the horse and cart that went over the child, Jessie Staden, and that she was playing in the street. My man, A. Blackwell, was driving, and my son was riding with him. The child ran out of a passage, and ran under the wheel. I was not in the street at the time."

CC&J 1.12.1899
: Run Over – On Monday a child named Jessie Sladen aged 2 1/2 of 105 Gwydir Street, was knocked down by a horse and cart belonging to Mr Redfarn, butcher, of Gwydir Street, and sustained internal injuries which necessitated her removal to hospital.

CIP 27.4.1900
: RUNAWAY 'BUS HORSES AT CAMBRIDGE. A pair of runaway 'bus horses caused considerable commotion on Mill-road, Cambridge, last Saturday morning, and unfortunately their career was attended by more or less serious mishaps to three females. The horses were attached to one of the large omnibuses of the Cambridge 'Bus Company, and were waiting shortly before noon outside the Royal Standard public-house, Romsey Town, before commencing the mid-day journey to the town. The men in charge Albert Newman, 223, Victoria-road, Chesterton, driver, and Arthur Foulger, 105, Gwydir-street, conductor—were conversing on the pavement about nine yards away, when, from some cause not ascertained, the horses suddenly bolted. There were two passengers on the top of the 'bus, Annie and Florence Scull, sisters, aged 18 and 14 years respectively, living at Hemingford-road, Romsey Town. The men attempted to reach the horses, but the latter were masters of their own pace, and soon outstripped the runners. The 'bus rocked from side to side, and the position of the girls was a perilous one. There were people about, but it seems that no one was brave enough to court the danger of attempting to stop the runaways. Upon reaching the Mill-road Railway Bridge, the elder girl descended the steps, and leapt from the footboard to the road. The act was attended with some risk, but the only bad result to her fall was a slight graze on the forehead. At the corner of Gwydir-street P.C.s Maskell and Cook in turn made plucky attempts to stop the horses, but both were unable to grasp the reins. It was near here that the younger girl, Frances, repeated the act of her sister. She reached the footboard with difficulty, owing to the motions of the vehicle, and then sprang to the road. Her leap also resulted in a slight injury—a graze upon the left arm near the elbow. Just beyond the Durham Ox public house, where the roadway was made narrower owing to the sewerage operations at the Workhouse, the omnibus collided with a market cart belonging to Jonas Willmott, a carrier, of Orwell. The horse attached to the latter vehicle was thrown upon its side, and the driver, a Miss Alice Hempstead, of the same village, was pitched with considerable force on to the road, almost under the horses' feet. This was the most serious accident of the occurrence, Miss Hempstead sustaining a fracture of the left arm just above the elbow. This, however, did not check the runaways' career, and directly afterwards they collided with another vehicle driven by Eli Newman, hawker, of Bottisham. The horse was knocked down on the footpath, and the driver and his little grandson were thrown out of the cart, but fortunately neither were hurt. This check gave an opportunity to Mr. Charles Lewis, clothier, of 92, Millroad, and Robert Nelson, labourer, of High-street, Old Chesterton, to bring the horses under control, the former seizing the animals' heads. The driver and conductor came up shortly afterwards, and the horses were handed over to Newman, little the worse for their run. The journey was afterwards resumed. Meanwhile the Misses Scull were taken to Mr. Flanders' shop, where Dr. Buckenham attended to their injuries. Miss Hempstead was rescued from her dangerous position by P.c. Maskell, aud taken to Mr Kerry's shop. After having the benefit of Dr. Buckenham's services, she was conveyed in a small 'bus, belonging to the Omnibus Company, to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Mr. Willmott's horse had its off fore leg and hip injured, while the footboard of the cart was damaged, and the traces and breechings broken. With respect to the other vehicle, the cart step and spring, and also the traces were damaged, but the horse was uninjured, except for very slight graze.

Frederick H Reden, 32, tailor, b Cambridge
Mary, 31, b Cambridge
Zebedee F J, 4, b Cambridge
Beatrice M, 3, b Cambridge
Elsie M, 2 mos, b Cambridge

Frederick Staden, 42, widower, tailor, b Cambridge
Zebedee, 14, grocer's errand boy, b Cambridge
Beatrice, 13, b Cambridge
Elsie, 10, b Cambridge
Annie, 5, b Cambridge

Miss Jillians

John Rivers

John Rivers

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