Jordan's Yard, before 1934 (photo L J Jarman)(Cambridgeshire Collection)
History of Jordans Yard
1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge: Nos. 1,2,3,4, and 4a Jordan’s Yard, forming a range of dwellings pf three stripes with cellars, with plastered timber-framed walls and tiled roofs, continue and are of the same build as Nos 15 and 16 bridge Street….. Generally the buildings contain a quantity of 16th and 17th cent.panelling, some in No.1 in situ, and plain 18th cent. fittings.
No.5 Jordan’s Yard…has plastered timber-framed walls and tiled roofs. The E part is of the 17th century; in the 18th cent. the W part was built between the foregoing and 4a Jordan’s Yard.
This was an alleyway, perpendicular to Bridge Street, between nos. 13 and 12.
Benjamin Jordan was a livery stable-keeper in the first half of the 19th century. In 1861 when up for sale there were five houses in the yard, a farriery, a smithy, a farmyard and a garden, and stabling for 50 horses. the fifth house was the home of Professor Mayor, president of St John’s College. (J.H.Bullock – Bridge Street, 1939). In 1904 his neighbours were a bedmaker, a blacksmith and a painter.
(3) Eliza Topnam, 71, college bedmaker, b Essex
(4) Elizabeth Williams, 56, college servant, b Cambridge
(5) John E B Mayor, 76, professor of Latin, b Ceylon
(6) Arthur Austin, 38, picture frame maker, b Cambridge
(7) Harry Hubbard, 38, b Mildenhall
There were 13 addresses there:
- William Burcher, warehouse and workshop
- Millington & Everitt, electrical engineers
- E H Rhodes, cycle stores
- Mrs E Williams
- Mrs Susan Frances Priest, The Hermitage
- Arthur J Austin
- William Gair
- Moses Marks, tailor
- Mrs H Barton, Frederick Barton
- Frederick W Aplin
- Henry Thomas Sharp
- Mrs S Betson
13. Mrs Vail
On the night of 27th July 1941 the repair shop of Allin’s Garage at 5 Jordan’s Yard received a direct hit from a 250 kg HE bomb which caused the collapse of adjoining houses.
- Miss G Morley
- Miss I Williams
- James Madge
- William Buckle
6a. Timothy Meehan