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67 Lensfield Road, The Spread Eagle / 14 Downing Terrace

History of 67 Lensfield Road

67 Lensfield Road

1901: (14)

Percival Fielding, 41, licensed victualler, b Surrey

Margaret E, 33, b Hants

Gladys L, 7, b Norwich

Percival F, 5, b Norwich

Nelson William, 5, b Norwich

Nelson William Fielding: Bombardier, 56825, “V” Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Died of wounds 02-03-15. Aged 19 . Born Norwich, enlisted London. Son of Percival and Margaret Fielding, Norwich. Buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, Plot IV. Row E. Grave 24. Also listed on Meldreth Memorial and Cambridge Guildhall (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)

Cambridge Independent Press – Friday 19 March 1915:

Corpl. P. Fielding, Cambridge.

Mr. P. Fielding, Lensfield-road, has been officially informed that his son, Nelson Willie Fielding, of the Roval Horse Artillery, was killed in action on March 2nd. He had lately been transferred from “J” Battery ” V ” Battery, attached to the Indian Expeditionary Force, and promoted from Bombardier to Corporal. His twin brother, Percy, is still in “ J “ Battery.

Both boys joined the R.H.A. from the Duke of York’s School at 14 years of age, and not yet 20. They went out to France with the original Expeditionary Force, and had been through every engagement since the commencement of the war. Nelson had never once been off duty. He was a fine specimen of manhood, standing over 6ft. in height, and was well known in Cambridge. Mr. Fielding, the bereaved father, himself an old soldier, with 29 years’ service to his credit. He left the Army Squadron-Sergt.- Major the King’s Dragoon Guards in 1897. He joined the Loyal Suffolk Hussars coming to Cambridge, and held the position of Regimental Quartermaster-Sergt. at the time of his retirement.

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1911:

Percival Fielding, 51, publican, b Sussex

Kate, 39, assisting in the business, b Cambridge

Gladys Constance, 17, drapers assistant, b Norfolk

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1913: (67) The Spread Eagle, J Ireland

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22/12/1937: “Mr Clark”, the canary that called ‘Time!’ at the Spread Eagle, Lensfield Road, was suffocated to death by smoke when fire broke out in the saloon bar. He had been an affectionately regarded
inhabitant of the pub for some eight years. His almost human intelligence made his cage hanging from the bar ceiling a frequent centre of attraction. The bird was alive when rescued but although given brandy was too overcome by smoke to recover. The fire was caused by Christmas decorations accidentally catching fire (Cam. Press)

 

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