History of 28 Gwydir Street

See History of Gwydir Street and Buildings in Gwydir Street.

William Bement, boot & shoe maker, lived in 28 Gwydir St in 1883 (see Kelly's Directory).

F.W. Shallow, compositor, lived here in 1904 (see Spalding's Directory).

William Baker, ironmonger's assistant, lived here in 1913 (see Spalding's Directory).

From Capturing Cambridge:


James Searle, head, tailor, 22, b Cambridge
Elizabeth, wife, 37, tailoress, b Cambs
Emma E, daughter, 16, b Cambridge
L Jane, 8, daughter, b Cambridge
Florence E, daughter, 4, b Cambridge
Arthur H James, son, 4, b Cambridge
Ernest F, son, 1 mos, b Cambridge

William Bement, boot and shoemaker (Kelly’s)

William Carter, head, 29, tailor, b London
Annie, wife, 30, b Cambridge
Cyril, son, 3, b Cambridge
Elizabeth Rickes, lodger, widow, 55, monthly nurse, b Norfolk

Frederick W Shallow, 21, compositor, b Cambridge
May, 23, b Cambridge
William, 7 mos, b Cambridge

Although the work of George P Banyard (1880 – 1948) is now largely forgotten, his work as a Cambridge architect in the 1920s and 1930s is of some note. Banyard came from humble roots. He is recorded in partnership with his father Philip, trading as Banyard and Son builders of 28 Gwydir Street, an enterprise which went into receivership at Cambridge Court in November 1907.

George went on to design a number of cinemas locally; the Spicers Cinema in Sawston is a surviving example with many original features, and I believe he also did work on Wimpole Hall. (Email from R W-R 2022)

Henry Flack, 51 army pensioner caretaker, b Cambridge
Caroline, 40, Northants
Rosamund, 14, apprentice dressmaker, b Suffolk
Cambridge [sic], 13, b Suffolk
Hector, 9, b Suffolk

William Baker, ironmonger’s assistant

W H Baker aged 51 was reported to have died on 9.11.1918

Mary Baker, b 1869
Ada, b 1907, machinist knitting
Beatrice, b 1909, housekeeper
Ellen Keele, b 1867, retired

Ernest Tyler

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