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49 (15), The Orchard Farm, Arbury Road

History of 49 Arbury Road

The Museum received a detailed description of 49 Arbury Road from Mr Jude of Histon in 1997.

It was built in 1885 by G T Fulcher (see stone over main door at side of house) and was originally two up and two down. It was later extended in to a four bedroomed house.

The sone on the front of the house has the inscription ARBORETA – FLORENT – DOMUS.  Accurate translation has proven difficult; the intention may have been “May the trees and the flowers of the house flourish.” The original drive a the side was made wider about 1923 when the first lorries came into use.

The house was originally no. 15 and had a pair of large wooden gates next to it. During WWII all the iron railings were removed.

At the back was a poultry farm.

1885 house built

1912 Mr Jude’s parents moved in . Mr Jude was 1 year old.

1913 unnumbered, The Orchard Farm

Walter William Jude

Walter had lived previously at 55 Richmond Road.

In his history of the property Mr Jude states that Daniel Jude & Sons Alfred and Arthur, contractors and coal merchants, also moved to this address at this time from 36 Carlyle Road. The business of D Jude and Sons carried on here until 1954.


Walter William Jude joined the Royal Naval Air Service.After the war he took charge of the family business as Daniel died during the war and Arthur was killed in action. During WWII soldiers were billeted at the site.


Eric Jude, son of W W Jude, started motor engineer business using redundant stables and sheds as workshop.

1937 49

D Jude and Sons, furniture removers

Eric Jude, motor engineer


Brick garage erected


Brick garage requisitioned by Fire Service for WWII.


A G Jude died


W W Jude died


Mrs E Jude


E Jude, automobile engineer

49 Arbury Road history (1)

49 Arbury Road history (2)



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