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Northampton and Magdalene Street junction

2, 3, 4 Northampton Street, Cory House

History of Cory House, Northampton Street

1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge: a long narrow range bordering the street…has walls of brick and plastered timber framing…two distinct 16th cent. structures are linked by a narrow early 18th cent. building. The last represents the infilling of a through carriage-way.

CWN 17/1/1981 said that Cory house had a reputation once as a house of ill-repute.

The article by Ida Birch in the Cory Society newsletter of April 2002 is can be found here:

Cory House article 2002

13-14 Magdalene, 1 Northampton Street & Cory House


Cory House and Northampton Street c.1890



(2) William Potter, labourer

(3) Peter Missen

(4) Mrs Carter


The house and other nearby  buildings had been bought by Reginald Radcliffe Cory and bequeathed to to The Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings on his death in 1934. The other properties included 10 cottages on the corner of Magdalene Street and Northampton Street.


Cory House first mentioned by name in Spaldings as property divided into 5 flats.

1962 Cory House

Flat 2 Miss brown

Flat 3 Miss H Whatling

Flat 4 –

Flat 5 Marsh

East end of Northampton Street


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