History of 52 Gwydir Street

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Frederick Smith, porter, lived in 52 Gwydir St in 1904 (see Spalding's Directory).

William Finbow, coal and coke merchants and furniture remover lived here in 1913 (see Spalding's Directory).

Charles Finbow, furniture remover, lived here in 1916 (see Kelly's Directory). Presumably Charles Finbow was related to William Finbow.

There is now 52a and 52b as well.

From Capturing Cambridge:


1871: unnumbered
Herbert Spillman, 50, cook, b Cambridge
Eliza, 52, laundress, b Cambridge
John, 27, bootmaker, b Cambridge
Herbert W, 19, college tailor, b Cambridge
Henry D, 17, college servant, b Cambridge
Walter, 9, b Cambridge
Emma Dean, lodger, 22, dressmaker, b Fulbourn

Eliza Spilman, head, widow, 62, laundress, b Cambridge
Henry, son, 27, labourer, b Cambridge
Walter, son, 19, labourer, b Cambridge
Herbert Edwards, grandson, 7, b Cambridge

Henry Spilman was a witness at the theft from the Black Lion in 1882.
Frederick French was charged with stealing some money from the till at the Black Lien public-house Silver Street on the previous night.
Mrs Sarah Hickford said that on the previous night about twenty minutes past eight she saw the prisoner, whom she had previously served with half-a-pint of ale, stooping down at the till. Witness cried out “ Oh you thief, you are at the till.” Prisoner banged the till to and went to the end of the counter. Witness said that if prisoner would give her all the money back she would say nothing about it. Prisoner gave her some coppers, amounting to 5 1/2d. To get at the till prisoner had gone behind the bar where he had no business. Witness told him that she was sure there was some silver gone, but prisoner said he had no more money. Witness took hold of prisoner, but the latter rushed out of the house. She pursued and caught him. Eventually prisoner was taken into custody. There were several florins in the till when witness went to it about half an hour before prisoner was at it. but after prisoner had been at it there were only two left. No one else was in the house besides the daughter of the witness. — Prisoner denied having been at the till, and said he had four florins, a shilling, and sixpence when he went into the house. Oliver Pink, ostler at the Black Lion, Silver-street, said that on the previous evening about eight o’clock he was sitting in the tap-room in front of the counter. Prisoner was there and sent witness out for half-a-pound of sausages. As witness was returning he met Prisoner running away, and Mrs. Hickford had hold of the tail of his coat. Witness followed prisoner and eventually gave him in charge of a policeman at the corner of Petty-cury. Prisoner, when witness said he gave him in charge for stealing Mrs. Hickford’s money, said “I know I did; what is that to you?” — ln cross-examination by prisoner witness admitted that prisoner wanted to go down the town and see if he could find Mr. Hickford. P.c. Kitson said he was duty on the Market-hill about twenty-five minutes to nine the previous night when last witness and prisoner came up. Pink said prisoner had been robbing Mrs. Hick ford’s till at the Black Lion, Silver-street, and prisoner said “I know I have, and what is that to do with you ?” Witness took him to the police-station, and upon searching him found four florins, one shilling, and two sixpences. Prisoner pulled the florins out himself and said that was all had got, but witness turned his pockets out and found the other.—Prisoner said he had had the florins all the week, and called Henry Spilman, labourer, of Gwydir-street, who stated that prisoner on the previous morning showed him a florin, some coppers, and other silver when in his garden.—Prisoner consented to the bench dealing with the case, and asked them to let him off with a fine. He pleaded guilty.—The Magistrates sentenced him to month’s imprisonment with hard labour, and ordered that three of the florins found on him should be given to the prosecutrix.

Herbert W Spilman, head, 39, college servant, b Cambridge
Elizabeth, wife, 35, laundress, b Northampton
Alice, daughter, 11, scholar, b Cambridge
Herbert W, son, 10, scholar, b Cambridge
Ernest, son, 9, scholar, b Cambridge

CIP 26.2.1892
: A TRAP SMASH. In this case Abraham Smith, baker, of Kingston street, sued Herbert Spillman and his wife, college laundresses, of Gwydir-street, for damage done to trap hired by them—Mrs. Smith said the defendant and his wife hired a horse and four-wheeler to drive to Wilbraham for 6s 6d., on the 23rd of August. That was about three p.m., and the next she heard of it was at twelve o’clock, when the woman said they had had a smash, and she gave a written promise to pay. Witness went off at once to Cherryhinton, and found the ironwork of the cart was broken to pieces. It was repaired by Mr. Pollard for £4, and that was what they sued for. The traces were also damaged to the extent of 6s. 6d. The contention was that the defendants were drunk and careless. George Shanks, carpenter and wheelwright, landlord of the Robin Hood, stated that about a quarter to ten the trap was driven to his door by the defendant, who was accompanied by two others. They had nothing to drink, and they drove on in about a minute, and immediately afterwards witness heard noise and some calling out. He ran to the spot, and found the trap broken in three pieces, and the defendant lying in the road. He then sent for a constable. No other trap was there. The next morning he traced the track of the wheels, and found that they had driven the two off-wheels into a high path, and the other two into a ditch. That would break the trap. There was plenty of room on the road.—P.c. Maskell deposed to being called to the spot. There was a full moon, but it was rather dull from the clouds. Defendant had a fracture on his head, and Miss Basham was crying, saying that her arm was broken. Thev were both taken to the Hospital. Witnesss thought defendant was drunk, and the doctor said too. Defendant smelt of drink and he reported him at the Station, but he was not summoned, as he was at the Hospital,— Defendant said the horse bolted, and was thrown out, but he did not know anything else.— Mrs. Spillman said the horse bolted, and the wheels came in contact with the path. Her husband was sober. They had some beer at Fulbourn. —His Honor said he was of the opinion that the defendants had driven negligently, gave judgment for the plaintiff, with costs, the judgment being limited as far as the wife was concerned to her separate estate.

CIP 10.11.1893
: School Cases: Herbert William Spillman was fined as to two children, 2s 6d and 1s 6d, for disobeying magistrates orders.

Frederick C Smith, 44, laboratory assistant college, b Cambridge
Alice M, 40, laundress, b Cambridge
Charles, 18, laboratory assistant college, b Cambridge
Amelia, 16, b Cambridge
Percy, 15, laboratory assistant college, b Cambridge
Frederick, 13, b Cambridge
Kate, 12, b Cambridge
Ross, 11, b Cambridge
Elizabeth, 10, b Cambridge
George, 9, b Cambridge
Albert, 8, b Cambridge
Ellen, 5, b Cambridge
Ethel , 4, b Cambridge

Charles Finbow started his business with three horses, two vans, a hansom cab and small landau. (CWN 8.4.1982)

Charles Finbow, 56, master man furniture remover, b Suffolk
Esther, 55, b London
Emma, 19, b Essex
Arthur, 17, carman for father, b Essex
George Bullen, boarder, 16, collector waste paper merchant, b Devon
Alfred Varnham, boarder, 56, coal agent, b London
Robert Walter Somers, 61, retired chemist, b Berks
Louise Mabel Somers, 58, b London

William Finbow, coal and coke merchants and furniture remover

1916: CDN 22.12.1916
: Borough Tribunal: William Robert Finbow (37) married four children 52 Gwydir Street taxi cab proprietor, furniture removed and general carter applied on his own behalf. He has four brothers in the Army, two of whom before joining assisted him in the business. Exemption was given until 1st March conditional on no further application without leave.

(rear of) Miller and Sons, radio dealers

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