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7 Market Hill

History of 7 Market Square


Elizabeth S Swann, 59, jeweller gold, b Cambridge

Margaret R, b Cambridge

May Moule, servant, b Cottenham


Freeman Hardy and Willis, boot and show warehouse

3/9/1936: When John Brown took charge of Freeman, Hardy & Willis shop on Market Hill in 1897 boots were cheap, and needed to be: “I can remember country women coming in with a dozen children and saying their husbands only earned twelve shillings a week”. When he started brown boots were so scarce that people stopped and gazed at someone who sported a pair in Peterborough. Most had hob nails in the sole – even those for infants – and women wore elastic-sided boots – it didn’t matter what they wore, because you never saw their feet. The shop was enlarged into premises next door in 1905 (Cam News)

In 2018, M & S Food Hall.


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