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13 - 15 Clarendon Street

13 Clarendon Street

History of 13 Clarendon Street


Susan S Carter, 40, Dress Maker, b.Cambridge

Hanah Carter, 38, b.Cambridge

Jane Carter, 50, b. Cambridge

Selina Edwards, 19, Servant, b.Cambridge

Charles Swearse, 32, Lodger, b. Arbridge, Lincs


William Henry Chappel Smith, 25, Hosier, b. Cambridge

Elizabeth J Smith, 22

William S E Smith, 1m, b. Cambridge

Harriet Dennis, 18, Domestic Servant, b. Burwell, Cambs

In 1871 William’s brother Frederic and his family were living at n. 15 Clarendon Street.

In 2023 JW sent the following note: The Smith family at number 13 in 1871 was Frederic John’s elder brother William Henry Chappel Smith 12 November 1845-27 May 1930. In the 1851/61 census return he was with his family at 18 Market Street. In 1881 William was living at 13 Market Street and I understand he was there until the end of his life. He is mentioned in many Spaldings directories as a draper under Holt & Co (Mr Holt was his father in law). I have attached a newspaper article from when he died. I like the bit that says he may have been the first man in Cambridge to posses a penny farthing bicycle! I wonder if from the article that street numbers changed in Market Street and also business names?

1874 – 1878

Thomas Hayward (1874) then H W Brown (1878)


Henry Williamson Brown, 33, Grocer, b. Cambridge

Emma Henrietta, Brown, 29, b. London

Harry Percy Brown, 5, b. Cambridge

Annie Emma Wallis Brown, 4, b. Cambridge

Mill Road Cemetery (with photo):


Henry W Brown, 43, Grocer’s Assistant, b. Cambridge

Emma H Brown, 38, b. Camden Town

Harry P Brown, 15, Grocer’s Assistant, b. Cambridge

Anne F W Brown 14, b. Cambridge

Eric H Brown, 11m, b. Cambridge

Sarah Deeks, 26, Servant, b. Cambridge

Mary Ann Beaumont, 16, Servant, b. Cambridge

Mill Road Cemetery (with photo):


Henry William Brown, agent for the University and Town Fire, the Northern Fire and Life,and Railway Passenger Accidental Assurance Companies.


Henry W Brown, 53, Grocer’s Assistant, b. Cambridge

Emma E Brown, 47, b. Camden Town

Annie Brown 22, b. Cambridge

Eric R Brown, 10, b. Cambridge

Bertha King, 18, Servant, b. Soham

Caroline Fordham, 16, Servant, b. Soham



William Plumb, 50, Hotel Waiter, b. Cambridge

Emma Plumb, 50, b. Cambridge

Minnie Plumb, 25, b. Cambridge

Jessie Plumb, 23, b. Cambridge

Mertie Plumb, 20, b. Cambridge

Percy Bailey, 22, College Cook, b. Colchester

William was living at #15 at the time of the 1901 & 1891 census



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