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5 Bene’t Street

History of 5 Bene't Street

A. Gray in Cambridge Revisited (1921) notes that under the eaves of no.5 could be seen three iron rings fixed to the roof. These would be used, in the event of a fire, to pull the roof off with ropes or firehooks. There is, or was, a firehook on display in St Bene’t’s Church.

1874

J Stuart Holder, hatter and hosier

Waterworks office

1891

James S Wilson, 48, bookbinder, b Cambridge

1915

J S Wilson, bookbinder and map mounter

About 20 people used to be involved in the book-binding operation just below the studio. The studio was constructed on what had been an old rubbish tip.

1962

R E Wright, confectioner

1981

(5) Philip Helliar, hairdresser

(5a) Corpus Christi Studio: Thomas Bamford, sign writer and guilder. Thomas Bamford decorates ornamental oars. Such an oar would cost about £60 to buy and have decorated, there being about £3 worth of gold lettering on each oar.

2018

Cambridge Contemporary Crafts

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