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40 Bridge Street

History of 41 Bridge Street

West of Bridge Street in the Nineteenth Century

1688 Christopher Green split estate of nos 38-41 Bridge Street but the two parts were reunited in 1706 and passed to Edward Green of Hinxton. In 1688 there were eight occupants of the estate 38 -41.

1795 nos 39-41 sold to Charles Finch I, ironmonger. Most of the yard was used as a foundry.

1841 unnumbered

Richard Holland, 40, saddler

Robert Clarke, 65, cornfactor [seedsman]

[In 1841 after Trinity Yard is listed Clarke then Holland]

Robert Clarke also had student lodgers and a letter has survived from one of them.

Letter from C F Childe 4.2.1828 lodging at Clarke’s Seedsman, Bridge Street (40)

Letter from C F Childe 4.2.1828 lodging at Clarke’s Seedsman, Bridge Street (40)

To S Baker Esq, Bewdley, Worcestershire

Sir, I have felt considerable alarm at not hearing from you before this. I am aware that it is only the 4th of Feb, one day after the usual date of my remittance, but still I think if you had intended to accommodate me, you would have written before. My last address might appear unsatisfactory. I was then in college for the vacations and of course not anxious that you should direct to me there. I am now in lodgings-

Clarke’s Seedsman, Bridge Street, Cambridge

I trust you will in common humanity take some notice of this communication and I can assure you it shall be instantly acknowledged. In the meantime

I am Sir your obedient servant C F Childe

Cambridge Monday Feb 4 1828

The envelope is my college account for last term. None scarcely but college expenses are included – I sent it as a sort of certificate of my actual residence. Please to return it.

1851 (40)

Richard Holland, master saddler employing 1 man, b Wisbech

[In 1851 Richard Holland is listed immediately after the Foundry Yard]

1861 Foundry property sold by Swan Hurrell to St John’s College for £4,000.

Richard Holland, 60, sadler and harness maker, b Wisbech



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