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Free School Lane, 1798 map

3 Free School Lane (Luttburne Lane)

History of 3 Free School Lane

House no. 3 is divided from nos. 1 – 2 by a narrow single storey modern annexe. The walls are plastered timbered framing. It was built in the late 16th century and although all the windows have been since altered and the staircases reviews it remains rather less altered than most other houses of this type and date in the city. (1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge)

Luttburne Lane appears on a map of 1574.


Edward Bell, 57, corn and seed merchant, b Cambridge

Charlotte Bell, 50, b Fulbourn

Edward Bell, 24,  assistant, b Cambridge [in 1861 Edward Bell was at 26 Hills Road]

John Gillam Bell, 20, assistant, b Cambridge

Charlotte Diana Bell, 19, b Cambridge

Maryann Fabb, 22, b Great Swaffham

Charles Heavitree Todd, visitor, 24, astronomer at Cambridge observatory, b London

Sir Charles Todd

In 1855 Alice Gillam Bell married Charles Todd and they emigrated to South Australia the same year. In 1851 she was at school in Lewisham, Kent. Alice Thomson has written a book about her ancestors, ‘The Singing Line‘, pub 1999.

The Singing Line by Alice Thomson

See Histon Road Cemetery entry

In 1841 the family were living on Pea’s Hill

In 1861 the family were at 2 Parson’s Court


Mrs Mary Greenwood, lodging house keeper

1-3 Free School Lane, 1939 (photo K Cooke)

1930 – 1957

Ernest Clarke, picture framer

Bene’t Gallery which later moved to King’s Parade.


Textile Studio



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