History of 177 Gwydir Street (Gwydir Cottage)

See History of Gwydir Street and Buildings in Gwydir Street.

Misses A. & E Day, milliners, lived in 177 Gwydir St in 1892 (see Kelly's Directory).

Alexander Wilson lived here in 1904 (see Spalding's Directory).

W.H. Senior, clerk, lived here in 1913 (see Spalding's Directory).

From Capturing Cambridge:


John Graham, head, 42, widower, chief clerk post office, b Cambridge
Sidney, son, 13, scholar, b Cambridge
Emily, daughter, 12, scholar, b Cambridge
Alice, daughter, 10, scholar, b Cambridge
Maud, daughter, 9, scholar, b Cambridge
Herbert, daughter, 5, scholar, b Cambridge
Matilda Leeder, 36, widow, housekeeper, b Stretham

Betsy Day, head, widow, 63, b Cottenham
Alice, daughter, 29, dressmaker, b Swaffham Prior
Emma, daughter, 25, dressmaker, b Swaffham Prior

1899: CDN 9.5.1899:
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CC&J 27.4.1900
: Wholesale Thefts by An Employee: Joseph William Ryder of 177 Gwydir Street, a smith, lately employed by Messrs Macintosh and Sons, Market Hill, was charged on remand with stealing 10s on April 4th, 10s 6d on April 6th, 13s 11d on the 12th inst., and 5s 3d on the 20th, the property of Messrs Macintosh and Sons Ltd, ironmongers Market Hill. Mr. O. Papworth appeared to prosecute and Mr. E. Vinter defended.—Detective Sergeant Marsh re-affirmed his evidence of the arrest, which was given at the last hearing.—Robert James Godfrey Brinkley, clerk at Messrs. Maclntosh, said in consequence of instructions he was in the shop early on the 20th from quarter to six till seven a.m. He stationed himself against the till and heard a noise from the cellar below of footsteps coming up the cellar. There was a glass reflecting part of the cellar and he saw a man in his shirtsleeves. Immediately afterwards the man turned the corner of the farther desk in the shop and saw it was the prisoner. The man opened the till, which was Lofts' patent, and took some money out. He heard the bell of the till ring. He then closed the till. Witness thereupon came and said "Wait a moment Ryder, that money belongs to the governors." He said "My God, I am done." Witness blew down the whistle leading to the workshops for bis brother, who came up and took charge of prisoner while he went to the police-station. When he caught the prisoner the latter handed him five shillings and two pennies, saying that was what he took from the till. At the police-station be asked prisoner "Is that all the money you took from the till". Prisoner felt in his pocket and handed him two more ha'pennies. On the way to the station he said had been to the till once before, on the Thursday before Good Friday. Mr. Alexander Macintosh, jun., said prisoner had been in the employ of Messrs. Macintosh and Sons about two years. In consequence of losses he had the shop watched and Brinkley was put there early the morning. The slips produced showed that the till was opened between closing-time and opening- time the following morning, and that money had been taken. The shop was opened 7 o'clock and prisoner had no right to be in there before. One could get into the cellar by a broken pane of glass —By Mr. Vinter: Prisoner came from Southampton, where he was apprenticed. He received a good character from a clergyman there. —Ryder was then charged with stealing 145 articles from Messrs. Macintosh and Sons shop during the last 18 months, of the total value of £20 6s. 11d. The articles consisted of tools, fittings, cutlery, etc.— Detective-Sergt. Marsh said after prisoner was remanded on April 20th he asked prisoner for the keys of his boxes. Prisoner said his boxes were not locked and there was nothing in them. Witness went to prisoner's lodgings at 177, Gwydir Street, and examined his boxes. They were all locked and obtained the keys from prisoner. On opening two of his wooden boxes they found a quantity of tools. All of them had been identified by Mr. Johnson, of Messrs. Macintosh, as the property of the firm. There were altogether 145 articles. That morning he showed prisoner the list articles and told him he would be charged with stealing them sometime during the last 18 months. He said "I shall plead guilty, although I bought one or two of the tools at the shop." Mr. Jarvis he said sold them to him, but had now gone away. —Samuel Palmer Johnson, 81, Victoria Road, Chesterton, manager for Messrs. Macintosh and Sons', said on Saturday he was shewn the various things produced and after careful examination Identified them all. A great many of tham had the private mark of the firm on them, and all were new. They had a consignment of penknives recently and several were missed. Those produced were part the consignment.—Prisoner pleaded guilty.—Mr. Vinter said was the son of respectable parents living at Southampton, and had a good recommendation from his late employers there. It was his first offence and had hitherto borne a good character. He asked the Bench to deal leniently with him.—Mr. Papworth said Messrs. Macintosh and Sons did not wish to unduly press the charge, but they felt compelled to bring the case into Court.—The Magistrates sent prisoner to gaol for three months with hard labour.

Lofts Patent Till circa 1900
Lofts Patent Till

Alexander Wilson, 44, stationery engine driver, b Girton
Eliza, 49, b Girton
Katherine M Foreman, adopted daughter, 10, b Cambridge
Herbert Fleet, boarder, 25, carpenter joiner, b Fordham

Walter Lavender Norman, 27, brewer's horsekeeper, b Rampton
Emily Jane, 26, b Papworth Everard
Percy Gibbin Cottage, 23, brewer's labourer, b Linton

W H Senior

CIP 8.12.1916
: Temporary Exemption: the Military Representatives asked for a review of the certificates of conditional exemption granted in respect of three men employed with Mr Frederick Dale, brewer, Waterloo House, Lensfield Road. The men are …… and William H Senior (29) married 177 Gwydir Street head clerk.

Percy Fuller

Percy Fuller

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