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18 Market Street c.1960

18 Market Street

History of 18 Market Street

JW sent this note in 2023:

Chappel Brand Smith (my 2x Great Grandfather) was baptised 24 August 1823 at All Saints, Cambridge. He was the second child of Foreman and Susannah Smith. In 1826 his Great Uncle Chappell Gilbert Brand died and left him property in West Wratting. He also inherited a sum of money when his Great Aunt Elizabeth Brand died in 1839. He married Jane Harriet Dimmock on 1 August 1844 by licence. They had nine children – William, Frederic, Harry, Emily, Charles, Edmond, Albert, Frank and Ernest.

JL sent this note in 2024:

Samuel Martin Legerton was born in 1839 in Elsenham, Essex, the son of a farmer. He worked as a drapers assistant and later a draper in Chelmsford, Sible Hedingham and Halstead before settling in Cambridge. He married Emily Ann Jarman in 1864 at St Ives Independent Chapel. They had 5 chiildren.


Chappel Brand Smith, 27, hosier, b Cambridge

Jane Harriett, 26, b Cambridge

William Henry Chappel, 5, b Cambridge

Frederick John, 4, b Cambridge

Harry Thomas, 3, b Cambridge

Eleanor Sarah Dimmock, wife’s sister, 15, b Cambridge

Matilda Harvey, 19, servant, b Chatteris

In 1871 Frederic John Smith was living at 15 Clarendon Street.

In 1871 William Henry Chappel Smith was living at 13 Clarendon Street

In 1881 William was at 13 Market Street.

In addition to the 1851 census the family were still living there in 1861 and 1871 census. However Chappel died 20 December 1871 due to chronic liver disease and dropsy. According to his will his estate was worth approximately £4,000. Chappell is buried in the family plot in Mill Road Cemetery. Jane Harriett went on to remarry a Joseph Parkinson and moved to London. When she died in 1911 she was also buried in the family plot in Mill Road. Emily married Charles Bremner in 1874 in Finchley.


Chappel Brand Smith, 37, hosier, b Cambridge


Jarman and Legerton Hosiers


Samuel Legerton, draper employing two assistant


Samuel, 16, draper’s assistant

James, 12,

Florence, 7,


From the Morning Post Wednesday 12 March 1884:
Partnerships Dissolved
J.J. Jarman and S. M. Legerton Cambridge Fancy drapers and hosiers


S M Legerton, draper

E. A.

S.F., son, 25, draper’s assistant

F.W., daugher, 17,

H Jarman, visitor, widow, living on own means

In 1901 the Legerton family were at 12 Lyndewode Road

In 1906 the business passed to the son, Samuel Frank Legerton.


18 Market Street, 1938


Etam Ltd gowns


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