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Richard Shilleto

5 Park Terrace

History of 5 Park Terrace


Richard Shilleto, 41, clerk not having cure of souls, b Yorks

Isabella, 39, b Bucks

Isabella, 12, b Chesterton

Catherine, 10, b Cambridge

Ellen, 6, b Cambridge

son, 5, b Cambridge

son, 2, b Cambridge

son, 1, b Cambridge

daughter, 1m, b Cambridge

Isabella Snelgar, mother in law, 59, b Bucks

Sarah C Woods, 38, servant, b Cambridge

Elizabeth Melbourn, 20, servant, b Wilbraham

Lydia Plumb, 16, servant, b Cambridge

In 1861 the family were at 20 Trumpington Street

In 1871 the family were at 1 Scroope Terrace

Romilly in his diary entry for 23rd September 1851 records:

Ficklin told me plenty of anecdotes about all manner of people … he says that the quantity of ale drunk by Hind and Shilleto is quite appalling

Romilly’s editor adds: Shilleto is a pattern of academic failure. A scholar of exceptional gifts he had married young so disqualifying himself from a fellowship. He toiled as a coach to support a growing family and this and a lack of advancement led him to drink. Heitland describes him as ‘a pathetic figure’ though ‘the first Greek scholar in England’, and ‘at night, when I saw him, a pint pot of beer stood handy on a pedestal. When it was at low ebb in this vessel, he placed it in a pigeon-hole close to the door, and rang the bell. Soon a stealthy hand withdrew it and put it back refilled. So much liquid refreshment entailed other embarrassing phenomena.’ By the time of his election to a fellowship at Peterhouse in 1867 when he was passed over in the election to the professorship of Greek his addiction was cruel; the nadir of his fortunes must have come in November 1871 when he entered the town library drunk and dirty, refused to leave, and assaulted Pink the librarian (Chronicle 16/12/1871).


Mrs Barnes


Cyril Ramsey


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