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Horace Darwin

The Orchard, Huntingdon Road

History of the Orchard, Huntingdon Road

Ida Darwin was a campaigner on mental health for much of her life and the hospital in Fulbourn was named after her.

Emma ‘Ida’ Darwin


Horace Darwin, 59, director of company making scientific instruments, b Kent

Emma Cecilia [Ida], 56, b London

Ruth, 27, b Cambridge

Nora, 25, b Cambridge

Minnie Purnell, 36, cook, b Somerset

Emma Edwards, 32, lady’s maid, born Hants

Lizzie Knight, 37, housemaid, b London

Margaret Munro, parlourmaid, 33,  b Scotland

Ada Bull, 18, housemaid, b Northants

Cissie Potts,  16, kitchen maid, b London

Celeste Jerome, visitor, widow, 44, dressmaker, b France


Horace Darwin MA FRS JP

Horace was the youngest of Charles and Emma Darwin’s children. He founded the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company in 1881. The company moved its factory from Panton Street to St Tibb’s Row in 1882.

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Murray Edwards College now occupies the former ground of The Orchard. The college web site says it was “a large house part-owned by Norah Barlow, granddaughter of Charles Darwin and a distinguished plants woman. By the time it was given to the College, the garden was somewhat overgrown, though marked by fine beech trees, fruit trees and choice shrubs, some of which still remain.”


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