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Thomas Arthur Nutcombe, Beche Road

15 (1), Ye Olde Abbey, Beche Road

History of 15 Beche Road


George Clayton: licensee for beer


Application for spirits licence granted

1891 Ye Old Abbey (census)1 Beche Road

George Clayton, 28, bricklayer, b Cambridge

Mary Ann, 26, b Wigan

David, 5, b Cambridge

Alice, 12, b Cambridge

George Clayton soon moved to the Rose and Crown in Newmarket Road

1892 Mrs Esther Warren (previously at Heart of Oak, Newmarket Road)

1896 Thomas Henry Nutcombe resident (Kellys)

1901 1 Beche Road (census)

William Stevens, 44, licensed victualler, b Sussex

Emma, 48, b Essex

1904 William Stevens resident (Kellys)

1911The Old Abbey (census)

Daniel Stephen Stafford, head, 32, publican, b Peterborough

Gertrude Stafford, 31, b March

Doris Stafford, 2, b March

Ann Barker, visitor wife’s mother, 68, widow, private means, b Leicester

Alice Engledow, visitor wife’s sister, 42, married, b Leicester

1913 Ye Olde Abbey

F G Vale

By 1914-15 the Nutcombe family seem to have moved to 15 Beche Road from 24 Beche Road according to the electoral register. In 1915 Thomas Henry Nutcombe attested for the Cambridgeshire Regiment but was posted to the Northants Regiment in January 1917.


Thomas Henry Nutcombe resident (Kellys)


Thomas Arthur Nutcombe: Second Lieutenant, 101st Squadron, Royal Air Force and East Lancashire Regiment. Killed 2 August 1918.

Thomas Arthur Nutcombe

1935 Thomas Arthur Nutcombe died as licensee

1971 closed as pub by Green King

Painting by Julia Ball 1979, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge

Purchased by Julia Ball, who founded the Cambridge Open Studio movement

For more information about Ye Olde Abbey see ‘Ale’ Dec 2022 Issue 401, local Cambridge CAMRA magazine.


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