History of 137 Gwydir Street (Fitzroy Cottage)

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William Thomas Harper, plumber, lived in 137 Gwydir St in 1892 (see Spaldings directory)

Abraham Butcher, painter & decorator (or builder), lived here in 1904 (see Spaldings directory)

He was still here in 1913 (see Spaldings directory).

He was still here in 1916 (see Kelly's directory).

The following record was made by Philip Maddocks (grandson of Ethel) in 2006.

Ethel Mary Beatrice King lived in 137 Gwydir St (or Fitzroy Cottage) when she was young. She was born there shortly after the 1881 census, which shows the rest of her family.

1881 Census for 137 Gwydir St. (Fitzroy Cottage)
Charles Alfred KINGHeadMMale30Cambridge, EnglandSolicitor's Clerk
Selina Sophie KING (nee Wheaton)WifeMFemale26Cambridge, England
Louie Selina KINGDaur.UFemale3Cambridge, England
Mary Jane NEWMANServantUFemale14Horningsea, Cambridge, England Domestic Servant

By 1901 they had moved to 12 Church Street (now called Christchurch Street).

They also had a son in 1887, Charles Edward King.

Charles Alfred King's father is listed as a Brewer on his birth certificate - he was born in Fitzroy Street in a part now under the Grafton centre. Charles Alfred died in 1892 at about 41 years.

Perhaps Charles Alfred King renamed 137 Gwydir Street as Fitzroy Cottage as he was born in Fitzroy Street.

Another option is that his father ran the Fitzroy Arms.

From Capturing Cambridge:


1881: Fitzroy Cottage
Charles A King, head, 30, solicitor’s clerk, b Cambridge
Selma, wife, 26, b Cambridge
Louie S, daughter, 3, b Cambridge
Mary Jane Newman, servant, 14, b Horningsea
By 1901 the King family were at 12 Church (Christchurch) Street.

Alfred Geeson, head, 39, undertaker, b Hemingford
Harriet, wife, 39, b Chatteris
Gertrude F, daughter, 11, scholar, b Cambridge
Wilfred C, son, 7, scholar, b Cambridge
Horace E, son, 5, scholar, b Cambridge
Cyril P, son, 1, b Cambridge

Mary Harper, 58, widow, b Norfolk
John P, 24, plumber, b Middlesex
Edith M Wallis, boarder, 23, P C clerk, b Castle Camps

Abraham Butcher, 51, builder and decorator, b Suffolk
Ellen, 47, b Norfolk
Edith Mary, 25, assistant to science teacher, b Cambridge
Marjorie Winifred, 23, elementary school teacher, b Cambridge

Abraham Butcher, painter and decorator

Kenneth C Cross

Bran Drury

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