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Gonville Place

History of Gonville Place

Built 1828


Alexander Watford, 58, land surveyor

Sarah, 62

Caroline Richardson, 25,

James Bryan, 35, servant

Frances Willis, 20, servant

Mary Kemp, 30


James  Field, 60

Charlotte, 60

Sarah Reynard, 35, servant


Samuel Hayes, 40, bookseller

Samuel, 11

Cecilia, 39

Cecilia, 18

Margaret, 20

Jane, 16,

Pauline, 14

Humphrey Hall, 2

Ambrose, 7 mos

Catherine Brown, 24, servant

Sarah Watson, 15, servant

Susan Rolph, 23, servant


Samuel Webster, 20

Mary, 25

Sarah, 25,

Ann Davies, 20, servant

Mary Ablett, 15, servant


W J Purchas, 49, navy

Jane, 45

Frances, 45

Elizabeth, 13

John, 15

Sarah Brooks, 35, servant

Sarah Cowley, 25, servant

William Desborough [sic], 25, servant

William Jardine Purchas was born in Cambridge. He had been a captain in the Royal Navy and mayor of Cambridge in 1828.

See Mill Road Cemetery entry

1851: Parkers Piece

Jane Purchas, widow

John, 29, curate of Elsworth, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 26

Sarah M Cowley, 34, housemaid, b Cambridge

Sarah Brooks, 42, cook, b Norfolk

William Disbury, 34, footman, b Cambridge

1861: Gonville Place

Jane Purchas, widow, fundholder shareholder, b London

Elizabeth, 36, b Cambridge

Emma Best, visitor, 44, mortgagee, b Kent

William Disbury, 44, footman, b Cambridge

[Elizabeth Purchas married William Henry Drosier in 1862. They lived at Gonville Place]


William Bacon, widower, 65, cigar merchant, b Norfolk

Frederick R, 29, assistant, b Cambridge

Sophia H, 21, b Cambridge

Marian, 19, b Cambridge

William S, 17, b Cambridge

Julia Barnes, 18, cook, b Essex

Emma Crowson, 17, housemaid, b Cambridge


John R Mann, 67, auctioneer and landagent, b Norfolk

Sarah Ann, 39, b Norfolk

Ruth Coe, sister, 27, b Norfolk

Kate R Mann, 4, b Cambridge

Harry R Mann, 1, b Cambridge

Ann Samm, servant, 18, b Linton

1871: Gonville Place


William Henry Drozier, 59, physician of Cambridge university, b Cambridge

Elizabeth Francis, 46, b London

Jane Purchas, mother in law, 79, income from interest and dividends, b Cambridge

Lydia Dockerd, 22, cook, b Sawston

Harry Wright, 22, footman, b Suffolk


Frederick R Bacon, 39, tobacconist, b Cambridge

Mariam Rutledge Bacon, sister, 29, b Cambridge

Julia Buys, visitor, 28, b Hants

Ann Wakefield, widow, 78, house keeper,

Mary Ann Scotter, servant, 18, b Norfolk


Mary Catherine Osborne, wife, 27, b Stapleford

N D Arcy G Osborn, 10, b Whittlesford

Charlotte M G, 7, b Whittlesford

Mary E Baldock, 21, cook, b Hertford


James Field Fetch,39, farmer, b Cambridge

Sophia, 39, b Norfolk

Matilda C, 7, b Trumpington

Lubbock Field Fetch, 5, b Cambridge

Ernest Edward, 4, b Cambridge

Florence Edith, 3, b Cambridge

Herbert Henry, 1, b Cambridge

Constance Jane, 6 mos, b Cambridge

Emily Sparrow, 18, cook, b Littleport

Elizabeth Smith, 18, b Suffolk

Frances Root, 14, housemaid, b Fulbourn


Eliza A Mitchell, widow, 43, house and land, b Witchford

Alice, 13, b Cambridge

Spencer, 10, b Cambridge

Clement, 9, b Cambridge

Henry, 7, b Cambridge

Elenor, 5, b Cambridge

Algernon, 3, b Cambridge

Emily Culver, 23, visitor, b March

Ellen Camp, 20, housemaid, b Hants

Elizabeth Pate, 54, b Cambs


Elizabeth Droiser née Purchas died in 1880. William Henry Drosier died at home in 1889.

Cambridge New 15/5/1889:


The borough coroner (Mr. H. Gotobed) held an inquiry into the circumstances attending the death of William Henry Drosier, doctor of medicine, and senior fellow of Cains College, residing in Gonvile Place, Parker’s Piece. The inquiry was held at the private residence of the deceased. The first witness called was Thomas William Parr, the deceased’s butler. He said on Friday, May 3rd, about quarter to two he met the deceased in the garden bleeding from the nose. He told witness he had fallen from the steps. He said he had forgotten to put the irons up. Witness saw him on the steps at a quarter to one. They were very good steps indeed, and were the deceased’s own contrivance. Dr. Carver was sent for immediately. Dr. Carver said he was called in see the deceased on the 3rd of May, about two o’clock. He found him in his back kitchen washing his face with cold water. Witness examined him, and found that there were injuries to his nose, a great bruise over the right shin, and a deep cut over the muscles of the other leg. He also complained of a pain in his back. Witness directed him to go to bed, and he dressed his wounds. He went on very well for the first day or two, and then inflammation in the wound on the left leg. The inflammation spread, and a few days later the wound began to mortify, and the mortification gradually extended. He was very delirious, and on one occasion he was violent. On Saturday night his nose bled to an alarming extent. He sank from the exhaustion from the loss of blood, and died on Monday evening a quarter to eight. The cause of death was exhaustion from bleeding, consequent upon the accident. The jury returned verdict of Accidental death.


Stalls in Gonville Place, Good Friday 1939 (MoC350.64)



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