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10 Clarendon Street

History of 10 Clarendon Street


Miss Ann Smith, lodging-house keeper



William Hayden, b 1912, police constable Cambridge Boro

Phyllis, b 1877, Pembroke College bedmaker

Life at 10 Clarendon Street in WWII

Account by PC Hayden of an event during WWII:

William Hayden Pt1

William Hayden Pt2

William Hayden Pt3

The raids that William Hayden describes are:

Tuesday 28th July 1942: a Junkers 88 flew very low over Cambridge in the middle of the night. Bombs were dropped in the vicinity of the Round Church and Thompson’s Lane. According to Jack Overhill’s diary, three people were killed and some injured; a lot of damage was done including some to the Union Society; a cobble weighing about two pounds was flung as far as Charles Lamb’s house on King’s Parade.

Monday 24th February 1941: several planes dropped bombs along Hills Road. Twelve were killed in Hills Road; two women in Grantchester meadows killed.

Date of bombing of Chesterton Junction: not known at present


In 2020 Maggie Primeau wrote:

All my relatives on fathers side were from Cambridge area (Haydens) Grandmother lived at 10 Clarendon St, father’s brother was Police Constable.



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