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John M E McTaggart

4 – 5 Benet Place, Lensfield Road

History of 4 - 5 Benet Place, Lensfield Road

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: they were built in c.1820 and, though distinct dwellings, form a single block of unified and symmetrical design. Nos. 4 and 5 are good examples of large town houses of their period, with notable ironwork. the whole of Benet Place is a spacious early 19th-century development of much dignity.



Mary Warren, 60, no occupation, b Cambridge

Sarah Warren, sister, 55, no occupation, b Cambridge

Caroline Howell, 29, servant, b Northants

Harriett Howell, 26, servant, b Nothants


David James Stewart, 45, MA Rev HM Inspector of Schools, b London

Louise, 40, b Sussex

Aubrey, 16, b Ely

Ann Gunn, 30, b Cambs

Harriett Ingrey, 17, servant, b Cambs



William Henry Besant, 42, mathematical lecturer St Johns College, b Hants

Margaret E, 31, b Cambridge

Edith Mary, 4, b Cambridge

William L W, 3, b Cambridge

Lydia Smith, 62, cook, b Little Shelford

Mary Ann Smith, 31, nurse, b Berks

Susan Howlett, 18, housemaid, b Cottenham


David S Stewart, 54, clergyman inspector of schools, b London

Louisa, 52, b Sussex

Aubrey, 26, Fellow Trinity College, b Cambridge

Evelyn A Barker, 22, servant, b Stapleford

Esther Russell, 26, servant, b Cambs



(4) Alexandra Gordon, 25, servant, b Cambs

Elizabeth Newman, 23, servant, b Essex

(5) Emily A Kenneth,  30, b Calcutta

Edward J B M, 12 mos, b Cambridge

Mary C D, 12 mos, b Cambridge

Evelyn D V Scott, niece, 13, b Murree N. India

Madeline D V Scott, niece, 12, b Punjab India

Maria Rawlinson, servant, 25, cook, b Stapleford

Margaret Rawlinson, 19, housemaid, b Sawston

Edith M Dunn, 18, domestic nurse, b Cambridge



(4) Arthur H Miller, 30, physician, b Sri Lanka

Laura Dutton, 42, housekeeper, b Norway

Martha White, 36, cook, b Cambridge

Gabrielle Palmer, 27, parlourmaid, b Norfolk

Alice M Hauseman, boarder, 28, b India

Enid Hauseman, boarder, 4, b Scotland

Winnifred Lewell, 18, children’s nurse, b Cambs


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(5) John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart, fellow of Trinity College


(4) Mrs C L Kay

(5) Mrs K A Joseph


The diarist Jack Overhill lived in Saxon Street during World War Two opposite the Archway. On 27th September he wrote about the Hurricane that had crashed in the garden of 5 Benet Place, killing the pilot:

When I arrived at Lensfield Road corner last night on the way home there was a big crowd opposite Downing Archway (facing our house in Saxon Street) and I thought there had been an accident. I hurried home to see if the family was all right and as nobody was in hurried up the archway – to meet Jess coming down with Jim (Jock was in the house). A Hurricane had crashed in an alley between two houses in Lensfield Road [the garden of 5 Bene’t Place], knocking part of a wall down as it fell in a garden. I heard all about it from Jack, first on the scene with Webb, a window-cleaner round here (he of stirrup pump fame!) and an airman, who telephoned for the ambulance. The Hurricane got in a spin, partly straightened out over Sheep’s Green (so Ted Clee the custodian at the Sheds told me), and crashed. Jack said they couldn’t get anywhere near to assist the pilot and they could not see him because of the flames from the wreckage. The ammunition exploded and I told Jack that it was dangerous to go near;… As I type I can see part of the wrecked plane on a lorry at the top of the archway. A soldier guarding it keeps shooing children, souvenir hunting , away — the distance ii crashed is barely 50 yards away from the house. I was told the incident happened at 10 minutes to 5.00.


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