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1-2 Market Hill

History of 1-2 Market Square

Nos 1-2 in gabled red brick (originally Hallack & Bond, grocers) are dated 1890.



Alfred Chater, 36, tailor employing 8 men, b Essex

Annie, sister, 24, housekeeper, b Essex

Eliza Perrin,  19, servant, b Essex



Richard Wright, 50, grocer, b Gt Shelford

Luke T Cherry, partner, 44, grocer, b Bucks

William Heffer, 14, grocer’s apprentice, b Swavesey

Lucy Taber, 27, servant, b Cherry Hinton




12/2/1909: Hallack and Bond can trace their association with Cambridge back over 100 years: it was there that Elizabeth Woodcock purchased her groceries before being lost in the snow in 1799. Tea was a luxury then, now it is a necessity and their delicate Katharata blend produces pleasing results. A visit to their tea room is a revelation: upon a tea-tasting day fragrant bouquets from the Far East assail the nostrils and the palate including one with a beautiful peach-like perfume (Cam.News)



Hallack & Bond Ltd, family grocers and provision merchants, tea blenders and coffee roasters

3/3/1927: Sir – I read of the sale of the old-established grocery and provision business of Hallack and Bond. It is regrettable that the ownership of another great business passes away from Cambridge. To many the name has been a by-word and a guarantee of quality and good service through the personal supervision of people resident in Cambridge. This must become a serious menace to the welfare of the town and all good citizens should avail themselves of the service ably rendered by locally owned firms – Loyal Citizen (Cam.News)

12/8/1927: An outstanding feature in the reconstruction of our new premises at 2, Market Hill, Cambridge, are the windows which are unique for a grocery business and compare in style with a London west-end store. We welcome an opportunity of showing you a store fitted and stocked in the most complete and scientific manner and where prized traditions inherited from our predecessors (Messrs Hallack and Bond) are upheld and carried forward with modem equipment. Shoppers may actually see their coffee roasted and ground. International Stores, the greatest grocers in the world. Advert. (Cam.News)


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