History of 29 Gwydir Street

See History of Gwydir Street and Buildings in Gwydir Street.

Henry Scott, a hairdresser, lived in 29 Gwydir St in 1904 (see Spalding directory).

Harry Miller, a fruiterer and florist, lived in 29 Gwydir St in 1913 (see Spalding directory). Harry Edward Miller, greengrocer, is listed in the Kelly directory of 1916, and must be the same person.

Albert Biggs emailed me in 2009.

My name is Albert Biggs (Bert to my friends) and I lived at 29 Gwydir Street, where I was born in 1925. My mother Helen (Ella to her friends) and Frederick moved there in 1924 and had a dairy business with 3 milk rounds and 3 shops also in 89, Sturton Street and Fitzroy Street(in what is now the Grafton Centre). My father died in 1952 but the business carried on until 1958. My mother lived there until 1979 when she came to live in Letchworth Garden City with us. Number 27 was home to the Newstead family and the Harrison spinsters lived at no 33, they had a brother who was a hairdresser in Norfolk Street.

More details from Albert Biggs:

In 1942 the government ordered that there should only be two milk suppliers per street and our family firm (Sturton Town Dairies A Biggs and Sons) were allocated Gwydir Street, Sturton Street and surrounding roads and my father Frederick Biggs did Gwydir Street with horse and milk float (photo enclosed) He and the horse started at Norfolk Street end and the horse knew where to stop, including outside the dairy at 29, whilst he had his breakfast. There were few cars parked but the horse would give them a wide berth. The horse my father used was Dinah but the one in the photo was taken in New Street later and was called Polly. I have driven the float in the photo but being 17 then I preferred the 5cwt Fordson van, the brakes and acceleration was better.

Milk float with horse in Cambridge

Albert Biggs also remembered the Alexandra Arms.

Mrs B Cullum at number 38 said :"I remember is the old shop of Mr Hoppits who sold everything you needed, and the milkman, Mr Biggs, who delivered milk with a horse and cart (see 29 Gwydir Street to see the horse and cart!). We used to feed the horse so it took twice as long to bring the milk to us."

From Capturing Cambridge:


1881: Stationer’s Shop
Bernard Webb, head, 35, tin plate worker, b Sussex
Amelia L, wife, 31, news agent, b Sussex
Bernard G, son, 11, scholar, b Sussex
Laura, daughter, 6, scholar, b Sussex
Eliza A Prescott, niece, 13, scholar, b Sussex
Arthur Coleman, nephew, 13, scholar, b Sussex

William Harvey, head, 43, general labourer, b Fen Ditton
Martha, wife, 44, shopkeeper, b Histon
Ann, sister, 46, cook, b Milton
Lilley Peacock, niece, 11, b London

Henry S Scott, 57, general labourer, b Cambridge
Celia, 57, b Linton
Henry S, 23, hairdresser and tobacconist, b Cambridge
Celia, 18, factory hand jam making, b Cambridge
Albert, 12, b Cambridge

"Special Constables – Sworn in at Cambridge Police Court. At the Borough Police Court on Friday morning, before the Mayor (Mr. W.P. Spalding) and other magistrates, the following special constables were sworn: … Henry Scott, 29 Gwydir Street … The Deputy Clerk: You will receive notice if your services are required. The Mayor: I hope they never will be required."
Cambridge Independent Press 21 October 1910

Henry Stephen Scott, 33, hairdresser and tobacconist, b Cambridge
Ada Elizabeth, 32, b Cambridge
Harry William, 8, b Cambridge
Sidney Charles, 5, b Cambridge
Reuben Edwin, 3, b Cambridge
Ann Bull, mother in law, 76, widowed, b Cambridge

Harry Miller, fruiterer and florist
Existed into the 1920s

CDN 4.8.1916
: Mr A E Whitehead’s Employees: Mr Albert Edward Whitehead of 21 New Square wholesale and retail fruit merchant, florist and importer of foreign fruits, applied for exemption of four men – harry Edward Miller (40) 29 Gwydir Street, fruit shop manager; Mr Whitehead urged that it was difficult to fill these places which were important and required knowledge of the business. Miller was granted conditional exemption.

Frederick and Helen (Ella) Biggs moved here and set up a dairy business with three milk rounds and three shops, 89 Sturton Street and Fitzroy Street. Their son Albert was born in 1925.

A Biggs & Sons, dairy
(see above)

1942: Following government legislation that there should be only two milk suppliers per street, Biggs and Sons were allocated Gwydir Street, Sturton Street and surrounding towns.

1952: Frederick Biggs died

1958: Dairy business ceased

1962 – 1970:
Mrs H F Biggs

Warwick 'Wooky' Hutton, art lecturer

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