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Orchard Street

History of Orchard Street

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: Orchard Terrace, fourteen houses, Nos. 1 to 13 and 16, on the NE side of the street, of one storey with attics, have walls of Gault brick and tile covered mansard roofs. The terrace appears on R G Baker’s map of 1830 but not on S I Neale’s of 1820. It was continuous for some 140 yds until in the middle of the 19th century Nos. 14 and 15 were demolished to make way for Clarendon Street, leaving No. 16 isolated. The buildings of Orchard Terrace are of very humble character, but the small scale of the front-end the repetition of their features, the low eaves, the unbroken extent of the mansard roofs and great chimney stacks produce a most striking effect, enhanced by the fortuitous curved lay-out of the street.

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