Capturing Cambridge
  • search
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Jordan's Yard, before 1934 (photo L J Jarman)(Cambridgeshire Collection)

Jordan’s Yard

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.

Cambridge City Plan, 1888


(1) Helen Larkins, 61, college servant, b Suffolk

(2) Robert Dent, 49, shoeing smith, b Norfolk

(3) Samuel Wilson, 74, printer, b Cambridge

(4) vacant

(5) vacant

(6) Richard Farrow, 57, groom, b Tadlow


(1) vacant

(2) vacant

(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:

  1. William Burcher, warehouse and workshop
  2. Millington & Everitt, electrical engineers
  3. E H Rhodes, cycle stores
  4. Mrs E Williams
  5. Mrs Susan Frances Priest, The Hermitage
  6. Arthur J Austin
  7. William Gair
  8. Moses Marks, tailor
  9. Mrs H Barton, Frederick Barton
  10. Frederick W Aplin
  11. Henry Thomas Sharp
  12. Mrs S Betson

Holden’s Stables

13. Mrs Vail


Jordan’s Yard, 1939 (Cambridgeshire Collection)


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.


  1. Peters
  2. Miss G Morley
  3. Miss I Williams
  4. James Madge
  5. William Buckle

6a. Timothy Meehan

Jordan’s Yard looking towards St John’s chapel tower? (MoC 434/74)

Jordan’s Yard, Bridge Street (MoC6.75)


Do you have any information about the people or places in this article? If so, then please let us know using the Contact page or by emailing

Dear Visitor,


Thank you for exploring historical Cambridgeshire! We hope you enjoy your visit.


Did you know that we are a small, independent Museum and that we rely on donations from people like you to survive?


If you love Capturing Cambridge, and you are able to, we’d appreciate your support today.


Every donation makes a world of difference.


Thank you,

The Museum of Cambridge