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Callaby's 1935. (photo L Cobbett) (Cambridgeshire Collection)

Midsummer House, Callaby’s, Midsummer Common

History of Midsummer House

1891:

Richard Callaby, head, 79, dog fancier, b Norfolk

Maria, 90, b Essex

Maria, 41, dressmaker, b Essex

 

Robert R Royston, head, 62, artist and painter, b Cambridge

Sarah, 62, b Cambridge

Alice M M, 31, b Cambridge

Royston family were previously at 10 King Street

Robert Royston blade (Museum of Cambridge)

Robert Royston signature on blade (Museum of Cambridge)

Robert Royston painted blade, Museum of Cambridge

Royston signature on blade (Museum of Cambridge)

Robert Royston painted blade, Museum of Cambridge

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1901:

Robert R Royston, widower, 72, herald painter

Flora S, 49, herald painter,

Alice M M, 44, herald needleworker

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1916: (Kellys)

Misses Royston

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Vanishing Cambridge, Mike Petty, notes: Callaby’s sign lasted long after his death. Callaby was a familiar character at the turn of the century; with a long-backed fancy mongrel under his arm he greeted undergraduates: ‘Want a little dawg, sir? Buy this one sir?’ At his home beside the Fort St George public house on Midsummer Common he also offered stables for University boat horses at 3/- and dogs at 2/6 [A E Reeve].

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