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1 Flower Street

History of 1 Flower Street

Flower Street is named after Benjamin Flower. He was one of the so-called ‘rational Dissenters’. he published a local newspaper, the Cambridge Intelligencer and in 1797 criticised Richard Watson, Bishop of Llandaff, (who lived at Llandaff House). He was fined £100 and was sentenced by the House of Lords to 6 months imprisonment for contempt. He later married a young woman admirer who had visited him in prison.


(1a) Sarah Ripley, widow, 45, charwoman, b Suffolk

Joseph, 19, train conductor, b Cambridge

Sidney, 12, b Cambridge

William, 10, b Cambridge

William Edward Ripley: Private 3279, 3rd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 27th June 1916. Enlisted Edward Street, resident Cambridge. Buried in HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row Q. Grave 4. See also Cambridge Guildhall (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)


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