History of 87 Gwydir St

See History of Gwydir Street and Buildings in Gwydir Street.

The Cambridge Blue pub was formerly known as the Dewdrop Inn (a Victorian pun!). It is at 85 Gwydir Street. However, its history is a little confused. The publicans in the early directories seem to have lived at no. 87, and given that as their address, and not referred to the Dewdrop Inn, at all - rather stupid as this was passing up free publicity! It definitely existed at this time, as the 1881 census shows the pub name. See number 85 for more information on the Dewdrop Inn (Cambridge Blue).

In the 1879 Kelly directory, there is Sidney Strange, beer retailer, house number unspecified. This directory has few house numbers for Gwydir Street. We think the street was being renumbered at the time, from continuous to the current odds and evens.

In the 1881 census, there is the following record for 87 Gwydir St. "Dewdrop Inn".

Joseph STRANGEHead32Dorset, EnglandDairyman
Maria STRANGEWife31Cambridge, England 
Ellen STRANGEDaur.11New York, AmericaScholar
Sidney STRANGESon8AmericaScholar

In the 1883 Kelly directory, at number 87, there is Joseph Strange, beer retailer. Sidney Strange, beer retailer, lives at number 79. (This can't be the son, who would only be 10).

In the 1892 Kelly directory, at number 87, there is Sidney Strange, beer retailer and Joseph Strange, who has changed trade back to cow keeper. We don't know if this is the older Sidney, or the son, who would be 19 by now. Obviously Joseph has returned to his first love, cows!

In the 1904 Spaldings directory, at number 87, Mrs. Mary Strange is now the publican, and Sidney Strange, a milkman. Has the son taken over his father's cows? At number 85 (which is the current Cambridge Blue), there is Robert Alderson, plasterer. Perhaps he is living in a flat over the pub.

In the 1913 Spaldings directory, at number 87, for the first time in the street directories, there is a mention of the Dewdrop Inn (although the number is wrong - it should be 85). Richard Sutcliffe is publican. Robert Alderson, plasterer, is still at 85.

In the 1916 Kelly directory, at number 87, there is Richard Sutcliffe, beer retailer.

From Capturing Cambridge:


Dewdrop Inn
Joseph Strange, head, 32, dairyman, b Dorset
Maria, wife, 31, b Cambridge
Ellen, daughter, 11, scholar, b USA
Sidney, daughter, 8, scholar, b USA

CDN 11.1.1889
: Furious Driving.— At the Cambridge Borough Police-court this morning, before the Mayor and other magistrates, Joseph Strange, milkman, living in Gwydir-street, was fined 6s. and costs, for furious driving on Hill's-road, on the 8th instant.

CDN 8.6.1889
: A Foolish Act. —Yesterday evening a little boy named Percy Smith, of Gwydir-street, met with accident which might have resulted very seriously. The boy is a child of only six years, and some indiscreet person put him on tho back of a horse belonging to Mr. Strange, a milkman, of Gwydir street. The horse threw the boy off, and it was found he had hurt his arm. On being taken to the hospital it was ascertained that he had received a compound fracture just above the elbow.

CDN 24.9.1889:
STREET ACCIDENT IN CAMBRIDGE. Information has reached us to the effect that a man named Charles Stearn, of Rifle Butt's-row, sweeper, employed by the Cambridge Improvement Commissioners, met with an accident while employed on the mad on Monday. Wo hear that the man was sweeping the road the wake of the steam roller in Mill-road, when the milk cart of Mr. Strange, of Gwydir-street, driving rapidly by, knocked him down. The wheel of the vehicle passed over his ankle and he was immediately conveyed home, and medical aid sought. We learn from witness of the occurrence that Steam was standing on the edge of the path, and that the accident certainly seemed like the result of reckless driving. Beyond the fact that the unfortunate man is still confined his house, we have not discovered the extent of his injuries.

Dewdrop Inn
Joseph Strange, head, 40, publican and dairyman, b Somerset
Mary A, wife, 39, b Cambridge
Ellen, daughter, 19, b USA
Sydney, son, 18, milkman, b USA

CIP 3.10.1891
Cox v Strange: In this case James Cox, a livery stable keeper, sued Joseph Strange, dairyman, of Gwydir Street, for the recovery of £3, the balance on the sale of a horse. Mr A Estcourt Day of Brandon appeared for the plaintiff and Mr C percy Jones for the defence. Mr Day stated that about three years ago the plaintiff sold a horse to the defendant for £10 in cash and a pig, which was valued by the defendant at £3, and which was to be delivered in about a fortnight, but was not. Plaintiff went to the defendant for the pig some time afterwards and he said he had sold it. Since then £1 5s has been paid into the Court. For the defence it was urged that the defendant said the pig would be worth £3 later on, and that it was not worth that amount at the time, and also that the defendant sold it because it was not fetched away within five or six days, for which period he had agreed to keep it. His Honour gave judgement for £2 9s.
CIP 5.5.1893
Alleged False Pretences. Joseph Strange of Gwydir Street gave evidence in the prosecution of William Beattie, canvasser, late of Hope Street.

Mary Strange, 47, beerhouse keeper, b Bourn
Sidney, 27, dairyman, U S Albany New York
Florence Been, 16, servant, b Cambridge

Richard Sutcliffe, 45, house painter, b Yorks
Eliza, 39, b Cambridge
Frederic, 23, groundsman college cricket ground, b Granntchester
Mabel, 19, b Grantchester
Elsie, 16, b Grantchester
Ada, 13, b Grantchester
Florence, 11, b Grantchester
Marjorie, 5, b Cambridge
Kathleen, 4, b Cambridge
Winford [sic], 3, b Cambridge
Agnes, 11 mos, b Cambridge
George Burbage, 58, boarder, bricklayer, b Grantchester

Dew Drop Inn, Richard Sutcliffe

Dew Drop Inn (number unknown)
Fred B Green

85/87 Dew Drop Inn

Dewdrop Inn (number unknown)

Main index - Buildings and houses in Gwydir Street.