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John Death, mayor of Cambridge 1873-4

98 King Street, Broughton House (52, Poplar House & 51)

History of 98 King Street

During the 19th century there were three properties on the south side of King Street east of Pike’s Walk.

96 & 98 King Street



Francis Leach Knowles, 30, no occupation, b Cambridge

(52) Poplar House

Elizabeth May Claydon, 70, proprietor of houses, b Newmarket



Harriett Stothart, 47, widow, [certified] midwife, b Yorks

Harriet E, 21, b Cambridge

Annie E, 19, b Cambridge

Margaret Robinson, 67, annuitant, b Yorks

John Bewley, boarder, married, 30, iron and brass founder, b Cumberland

Margaret J Bewley, boarder, married, 25

The date of the 1871 census was 2nd April 1871. The Illustrated Police new (5/8/1871) recounts the case of John Bewley:

At the Cambridge assizes, John Bewley, lately proprietor of Trinity Foundry, Cambridge, was charged with having, on 22nd of April 1870, married Margaret Jane Stothart at Cambridge his former wife, Mrs Bewley, nee Eleanor Russell, being alive. The prisoner was also charged with having forged the names of several tradesmen to certain bills, whereby he obtained various sums of money form Mr James Hunt, solicitor, Cambridge. The prisoner was married at Dumfries in 1856 and had in 1867 six children. In that year he went to America, but soon returned to England and took a situation at Sheffield in the drapery establishment of Mr Proctor, 20, Folgate. Miss M J Stothart was then engaged at the house of business next to Mr proctor’s. The prisoner in 1870 made her acquaintance, represented himself as a single man, and maried her. On the death of the lady’s father, the prisoner succeeded to the management of his business at Trinity Foundry Cambridge. he supplied his first wife and family with occasional remittances. he forged acceptances of bills of exchange to the extent of £400. When these bills became due, and public exposure was threatened, he confessed to Margaret Stothart that he had a wife living, and he at once absconded. he afterwards made some admissions to his first wife’s brother, Mr P Russell, Manchester, and on going to Cambridge to have an interview with his second wife, he was arrested. The prisoner pleaded guilty and his Lordship sentenced him to seven years’ penal servitude.

(52) Poplar House

Frederick Claydon

1875 The Cambridge Independent Press 20/11 reports the riot by students in King Street outside Mayor Death’s house. [The text is very difficult to read.]

See Enid porter’s article on student riots;

Riot and Rag


(51) Thomas Constable

(52) Poplar House

John Death [mayor of Cambridge 1873-4]


(51) not occupied


John Death



Hepzhibah Peters

(Poplar House)

Percy Ridall Allanth, C of E clergyman


Frederick Pratt, 59, painter, b Cambridge

Esther, 60, college servant, b Soham

Winnie Chapman, niece, 8, b London


Frederick Pratt, Broughton House


Miss Mabel Pratt

98 King Street, 1970 (MoC 32/92/70)


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