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14 Market Hill

History of 14 Market Hill

According to 1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge, a four storey house. The south front an early 18th century remodelling  and heightening of an earlier structure. In the process the carriageway, presumably to the Angel Inn as shown in William Custance’s map of 1798, was destroyed.

The ironmongery here was founded in 1688. When Swann Hurrell took over the business from his uncle in 1847 he moved the foundry to a disused brewery on Quayside.


William Rowton, 41, ironmonger’s clerk,  b Cambridge

Mary, 51, b Cambridge

Hannah Ayres, 20, servant, b Bottisham


(occupied as a shop)




(14 1/2)

Sarah Warboys, 54, housekeeper, b Oakington

Sarah M Potter, 25, servant, b Derbys

Ada E Ginn, 23, servant, b Cambs

Louisa Nunn, 15, servant, b Cambs

Fred Williams, 21, boarder, draper’s assistant,  b Cambs

Henry Beale, 28, boarder, draper’s assistant, b Herts

Ernest Dinnage, 26, boarder, draper’s assistant, b Surrey

Arthur W Rutt, 29, boarder, draper’s assistant, b Cambridge

Charles L Rutt, 30, boarder, furnisher’s assistant, b Cambridge

James Hanks, 23, boarder, draper’s assistant, b Middlesex

Thomas H Mason, boarder, 29, draper’s assistant, b Waterbeach

Graham Fuller, 22, boarder, draper’s assistant, b Norfolk

Albert Geeson, 35, boarder, draper’s assistant, b Hunts

Henry E Philips, 23, boarder, b Devon


A Macintosh & Sons, Ltd, ironmongers, engineers, founders and implement makers

5/2/1930: The novel sight of people being lowered from an upper window of Messrs Macintosh’s establishment in Market Street Cambridge by means of a new automatic fire escape has attracted considerable attention. The escape consists of a small metal box containing geared mechanism through which runs a steel cable with a safety belt fixed at each end. It can be fixed to the wall inside the window. The belt is placed round the body, under the arms and the person is lowered to the ground automatically at the rate of two feet per second. Most of the colleges have been equipped with it. Anybody desirous of testing the escape can do so and already a number of people, including one of the CDN photographers have done so. (Cam.News)


A Macintosh & Sons Ltd, ironmongers


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