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1-2 Free School Lane 1974, (MoC558/74)

1 – 2 Free School Lane, Friar House, (Luttburne Lane)

History of 1 - 2 Free School Lane

See also 12 Bene’t Street

House nos. 1 and 2 at the corner of Bene’t Street is of three storeys with basement and attics. The walls are of plastered timber-framing elaborated with modern applied timber. It was built either as one or two tenements late in the 16th cent. Extensive alterations have been made; the present shop front to no.1 is of the 18th cent. (1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge)

Luttburne Lane appears on a map of 1574.


(1) Mary Sandifer, widow, 70, bookseller and stationer, b Haddenham

Sarah Sandifer

Servant, 14, b Haslingfield

(2) Charles West, 57, proprietor of houses, b Middlesex

Mary, retired story maker

1 Free School Lane advert, 1871 (MoC236/71)



Frederick Haywood, bookseller


Arundell and Tarte, architects and surveyors


Friar House Restaurant 1935

Friar House Restaurant photo reverse (1935)

Photo kindly sent by family which shows family details including ownership of the Friar House restaurant by the Curry family in the 1940s and 1950s. See 12 Bene’t Street entry.


Bene’t Sreet and Free School Lane, 1937 (photo J Baldwin)

The road had been widened in 1908 and made a one-way street in 1936.

G M Wyatt, The Friar House Cafe

1962: not listed in Kellys

1965: (2a)

Sunil Kumar, photographer

1970: (2)

Oriental Restaurant


Friar House, 1974 (MoC 612/74)

Friar House, 1974




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