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65 Lensfield Road

65 Lensfield Road, Waterloo House / 13 Downing Terrace

History of 65 Lensfield Road

65 Lensfield Road


Charlotte Skinner, widow, 65, house proprietor and annuitant

Mary Charlotte Harriet Sugden,  cousin, widow, 19, annuitant

Charles Sugden, 3 mos, cousin

Charlotte Noble, 28, servant

Sarah Knight, 27, nursemaid

1861: (13) Seed Shop

William Lowton, 41, gardener and seedsman, b Grantchester


John Hodson, 51, living on own means, b Liverpool

Elizabeth W, 48, b Hunts

Bessie W, 10, b Cambridge

Maria E Bunn, visitor, 77, living on own means, b Norfolk

Fanny Harvey, 21, servant, b Essex

Selina Cooper, 19, servant, b Cambridge

Things soon went awry as John Hodson’s fortunes collapsed according to his niece Mrs E Fordham following the Whittaker Wright railway scam in 1900, which was investments for building the Bakerloo Line in London. Following this in 1901 Hodson sold his garden for £300, the Folly and possibly his house ‘Waterloo House’ on Lensfield Road to Frederick Dale the local brewery magnate (Dale’s brewery Gwydir Street off Mill Road), the Dale’s family used the garden from this time and it was accepted that no-one intruded. In 1907 he was living at number 7 Albert Almshouses on Hills Road and in 1908 he died.

1901: 13 Downing Terrace

empty to let

1911: 65 Lensfield

Frederick Dale, 46, brewer, b London
Edith Kate, 43, b Cambridge
Guy Frederick, 12, b Cambridge
Agnes Rutter, 25, cook, b Suffolk
Alice Ison, 17, housemaid, b Cambs

1913:  Waterloo House

Frederick Dale

You can read more about Waterloo House in the history of Hodson’s Folly


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