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3 Peas Hill

History of 3 Peas Hill


(3 Peas Hill)

John Hatt, 60, bookseller, b Brentford

John Hatt – 19th century Bookseller in Cambridge & Crime-fighter


John Hatt, bookseller




H  Hutt, basket makers

This firm had been previously at 6 Butcher Row in 1866 and 4 Corn Exchange in 1859

3 Peas Hill c.1875 (MoC)


Shrive and Son, basket makers, took over the business


John Shrive

Mary A

John D, 16, school teacher, b Cambridge

Rosetta, 17, school teacher, b Cambridge

Violet H

Ernest W, 13, b Cambridge

Arthur E

Mary née Denson was the daughter of John Russell Denson and Sarah née Russell of Waterbeach.

In 1881 the Shrive family were at 4 Sidney Street.


John Shrive, 52, basket maker, b Northants

Mary A, 52, b Waterbeach

Violet, 25, b Cambridge

Arthur, 21, basket maker, b Cambridge

Florence, 19, b Cambridge

Ethel, 14, b Cambridge

Alice, 12, b Cambridge

Gracie, 9, b Cambridge

May Wick, 14, b Cambridge

John Shrive died in 1909.

In 1911 Arthur was living in Stretham. In 1916 he married Miss Laws of 3 Guest Road.

Arthur Edward Shrive


Shrive & Son, rod merchants, basket and chair manufacturers

3 Peas Hill c1910 (125/54)

PW sent an email in 2022 which included the following note:

Mary married John Shrive, and he died in 1909. They had the basket shop at 3 Peas Hill from 1891. Before that, the basket shop was at 4 Sussex Street from 1875. The business may have started at 4 Sidney Street in 1873, when John took over the stationers shop there. 

They had a heap of kids too:
Rosetta 1873-1965 lived at The Home Farm, Stretham (which had been in the Strive family for a while. She stayed there until she died in 1965. I think she was a school teacher at Stretham.
Violet 1876-1954 worked in the shop at 3 Peas Hill.
Ernest 1878-1917 lived in Baker Street for a while, and had a shop or worked in one at England’s Lane. He died at Flanders Fields on 26 September 1917.
Arthur – died at Ypres 26th Sept 1917. [Private in 1/4th Bn Suffolk Regiment. He left a widow, Cassie Constance H Shrive.]


F O Sennitt, fishmonger




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