History of 86 Gwydir Street

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Samuel Brown, engine driver, lived in 86 Gwydir St in 1904 (see Spalding's Directory).

From Capturing Cambridge:


William Strange, head, 34, blacksmith, b Greenwich
Louisa, wife, 28, b London
Matilda, daughter, 9, scholar, b London
Charles, son, 7, scholar, b Ramsgate
Beatrice, daughter, 3, b Cambridge

S Brown, head, 40, railway driver, b Cambridge
S Brown, wife, 38, b Cambridge
W Brown, son, 16, shop boy, b Cambridge
F Brown, son, 13, shop boy, b Cambridge
E Brown, son, 12, scholar, b Cambridge
H Brown, son, 8, scholar, b Cambridge
C Brown, daughter, 2, b Cambridge
T Brown, son, 1, b Cambridge
T Carnell, lodger, 25, carman, b Cambridge

Samuel Brown, 50, railway engine driver, b Cambridge
Sarah, 47, b Cambridge
Harry, 18, upholsterer, b Cambridge
Clara, 12, b Cambridge
Thomas, 10, b Cambridge
Ada, 8, b Cambridge

1904: Samuel Brown, engine driver (Spaldings)

CIP 15.10.1909
: CYCLE THEFT AT CAMBRIDGE. Young Man Given Another Opportunity. At the Cambridge Borough Police Court on Tuesday before A. S. Campkin. Esq. (in the chair). Professor Howard Marsh, Dr. Dalton. G. Smith. E. C. Young, P. H. Young, and W. Durnford Esqs., Christopher Chopper (22), of 16, Willow-walk, mechanic, was charged with having stolen a bicycle value £7, the property of Herbert Robinson, cycle dealer. Regent-street, September 19th.

Thomas Brown, of 86, Gwydir-street, stated that he was employed at prosecutor's branch shop in Jesus-lane. On September 1st prisoner came to the shop and wanted to hire bicycle. Witness knew prisoner, who had hired cycles before. The machine was the one he hired, and had not since been returned. Witness went to prisoner's place of employment, in Thompson's Lane, about a fortnight ago, and asked him if he had finished with the cycle. He replied that he would come-round and see the manager, but did not say anything to witness about buying the machine. A name that was on the top bar had been erased. When prisoner hired the machine witness thought he was only having it for a few hours, and prisoner did not pay any money down. It was simply hired.

John Hewitt, of 47 Richmond-road, manager of Mr. Robinson's branch shop in Jesus-lane, said on September 1st he was away from Jesus lane and his return was informed that prisoner had hired a bicycle. From what the last witness told him he sent him for the machine. Prisoner called at the shop on September 20th and they had a conversation. Prisoner asked him what he would take for the machine. He said the cost would be 6 guineas, and prisoner then asked if 30s. a month would be accepted by witness. Witness said “Yes,” but prisoner would have to sign the usual easy terms form. Prisoner agreed to this and asked for a week, when he returned, and said he was sorry, but had left the cycle at his home. Would witness lend him another just to run out on a small job?” His brother would bring it home in the evening. Witness let him have the cycle, but had to fetch it. There was no sale or argument with respect to the first bicycle, which witness had not seen until the present day.

Albert George Chopper, of Newport, brother to the prisoner, insurance agent, said he had never bought a bicycle from his brother, but the one produced had been offered him, by Christopher. Witness took the bicycle and was to pay £5 10s. for it. He then asked prisoner if he had a receipt for the cycle, and he said he would send it to him. Witness refused to give him any of the money as he was going to pay for it in one sum.

A letter which witness said was in his brother's writing, was then read. In it prisoner asked for the loan of 30s. so that he could pay a man to whom he owed £3 which would get him out of a scrape. Witness gave the machine up to the police when asked for it.

Detective-Sergt. Marsh deposed that on October 5th he received a complaint from the prosecutor respecting the bicycle in question. He telephoned to the police station at Saffron Walden (prisoner's home), and in the evening received a reply. He then saw prisoner at his lodgings in Willow-walk, and asked him if he could account for the bicycle. He said “That's all right, my brother will pay the money.” Witness said, “That's nothing to do with Mr. Robinson. He doesn't know your brother. You are the man who hired it, and you're the man he's looking to.” Witness added that the Saffron Walden police had told him that the prisoner had sold the bicycle a fortnight or three weeks ago. Prisoner said “No. I haven't sold it.” After further conversation prisoner said he had not exactly sold it but that his brother would give him £5 10s. for it. Witness left him, and later saw him in Mr. Robinson's shop, when he offered to pay anything to stop the proceedings. On the 27th. after the summons, prisoner again saw witness and the prosecutor who declined to have anything further to do with him.

Prisoner pleaded guilty. Chief Constable Holland said there was nothing against prisoner's character. He was in a good position and it was difficult to account for him getting into his present position.

Prisoner appealed for leniency on account of his mother.

The magistrates retired for a private consultation. and on their return the chairman said it was one of those cases frequently before the Bench, and it was difficult to understand what induced young men to act in such a way. The Bench, however. were desirous of giving him another opportunity, and he would be bound over for six months, in his own recognisances of £10 and that of his brother in a similar sum.

Harry Brown, 28, upholsterer, b Cambridge
Rebecca, 32, b Gamlingay
Gracie, 6, b Cambridge
Gladys, 4, b Cambridge
Doris, 1 1/2, b Cambridge

Edgar W Saunders, 80, housepainter
Amelia M H, b 1886

Mrs A Saunders

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