Capturing Cambridge
  • search
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

7 Market Hill

History of 7 Market Square

1901

Elizabeth S Swann, 59, jeweller gold, b Cambridge

Margaret R, b Cambridge

May Moule, servant, b Cottenham


1913

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.

Contribute

Do you have any information about the people or places in this article? If so, then please let us know using the Contact page or by emailing capturingcambridge@museumofcambridge.org.uk.