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Trinity college staff: Johnathan Apthorpe on right, [Frederick?] Carter [b 1841?]on left and four bedmakers. (Cambridgeshire Collection)

59 Hertford Street

History of 59 Hertford Street


Jonathan Apthorpe, 71, retired college servant, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 51, b Hants

Frederick, 20, college clerk, b Chesterton

Leonard, 19, invalid, b Chesterton

Frank J, 16, solicitor’s clerk, b Chesterton


Jonathan Apthorpe, pensioner

59 Hertford Street was the home from at least 1955 of Anthony Alfred Brotchie. He had been approached in 1941 by Canon Marshall of the Catholic church as a replacement winder for the church clock,  a prominent landmark on Hyde Park Corner. The clock and its chimes were driven with a 24-hour power reserve and required manual winding every day. ‘Catholics in Cambridge’ ed N Rogers, has a an account by Tony Brotchie of his time as clock winder. Once, because there were no lights in the clock tower he had to use a torch to wind the mechanism. Someone must have reported the strange lights because he was quickly investigated by plain clothes police.


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