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9 – 21 Benson Street

History of Playfair


(16) Benson Street

Harriet Dennard, 52, laundress, b Cambridge

Mabel, 17, laundry maid, b Cambridge

Albert, 14, b Cambridge

Hugh Kavanagh, boarder, 27, cowman, b Cambridge

Albert Edward Dennard: Private 40176, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 5 January 1917. Aged 20.



(9) Benson Cottage: W Raynor, carman

(11) Samuel Collins, college servant

(13) Arthur George Garner, batmaker: Playfair Works



Henry John Gray and sons, athletic outfitters (Playfair works)


1962: 9-21

H J Gray and Sons, sports goods manufacturers (Playfair works)

See A Community Remembers: Histon Road p.28



9.6.1973 local newspaper reported that Gray’s had. defied a Council order to stop work on a second storey extension.



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