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Jenny Lind - soprano

Peas Hill (Union Street)

Peas Hill (East Side)

On the 1903 OS map of Cambridge the part of modern Peas Hill from St Edwards Passage north to Market Hill is known as Union Street. The 1851 census places several properties in Union Street which are subsequently listed in Peas Hill. There seems to have been some confusion over the year.

I have listed all the properties in the 1851 census listed for Union Street and then following on in the returns for Peas Hill. The addresses in square brackets are the addresses of those shopkeepers in succeeding  censuses. Some of these properties have their own entries on Capturing Cambridge so will be found at those addresses as well. However, in order to make the ennumeration issues more explicit the entire 1851 list has been kept here.

1851: Union Street / Peas Hill

(from north after 34 Market Hill)

(1 Union Street) [1 Peas Hill]

R Oadams, widow, 49, box maker, b Burwell

(2 Union Street)

James Creek, 44, fruiterer, b Cambridge


Henry Over, 43, cook confectioner pastrycook employing 1 man, b Warwicks


John Major, boot maker, 59, b Leics


Henry Freeman, 53, basket maker employing 1 man, b Cambridge


Ann Pink, widow, 33, cork cutter employing 2 men, b Middlesex

Alfred Stanley, brother, 24, scale maker, b London

Caroline Stanley, sister, 22, b London

Caroline E Stanley, niece, 8, b Middlesex

[Ann Pink is the friend of Josiah Chater whose house he went to on 12 March 1849 when he wanted to be able to listen to the famous soprano Jenny Lind who was performing just over the back of the property in the Town Hall]


William Livermore, 47, baker employing 1 man and boy, b Duxford


George Miller, 54, brazier, b Cambridge


Eliz Haslop, widow, 49, butcher, b Yorks

(11) Bell Inn [14 Peas Hill]

John Manser, 36, licensed victualler, b Cambridge

(Union Street)

Richard Smith, 33, draper, Lincs

(2 Peas Hill) [2 Peas Hill]

Frederick Hayles, 39, shoemaker employing 1 man, b Fordham

(Peas Hill)

Barbara Wood, 96, retired college cook, b Lincs

(Peas Hill)

Dorothy Aves, 74, annuitant, b Yorks

(3 Peas Hill) [3 Peas Hill]

John Hatt, 60, bookseller, b Brentford

(Peas Hill)

Elizabeth Hollings, 34, plain needle work,  b Surrey

(Peas Hill)

John Hammond, 45, cordwainer, b Suffolk

(Peas Hill)

Alfred la Bowe, 30, cabinet maker, b Wisbech

(Peas Hill)

Martha Wilson, widow, 49, charwoman, b Bottisham

(Peas Hill)

Anne Ballard, 73, landed proprietor, b Lincs

(Peas Hill) [4 Peas Hill]

Thomas Travil, watchmaker, 34, watchmaker, b Manchester

(Peas Hill) [5 Peas Hill]

James Squires, 31, chemist and druggist, b Herts

(Peas Hill) [6 Peas Hill]

Thomas Argent Saunders Christmas, 43, ironmonger, b Cambridge

(Peas Hill) [7 Peas Hill]

Henry Marshall, 32, cheesemonger employing 5 persons, b Cambridge

1861: Peas Hill

Bell Public House (14 Peas Hill)

William Whybrow, 26, publican, b Sutton

Peas Hill circa 1910

Peas Hill circa 1910

1913: Peas Hill

(from south)

14. Charles Frederick Hull, Bell Inn

Side Entrance to Guildhall

15. Jennings Bros, cheesemongers and provision merchants

Mrs E Luckett, university lodging house keeper

16. Albert Shelton Weatherhead, bookseller and stationer

Miss Weatherhead

17. G H Sennitt, butcher

Alfred Langford Sennitt

18. –

19. Pollard and Co, confectioners

20. London Central Meat Co.

21. G P Sennitt and Son, poulterers and game dealers and fishmongers

22. A W Rose (late Lawrence and Rose) pork putchers

23. E Proctor and Son, tobacconists


19/9/1927: Premises in Peas Hill, Cambridge, may be acquired for the purpose of extending the Guildhall. Trinity Hall, the owners of nos 15 & 16 will sell for £5,500; Mr Sennitt will sell no. 17 for £3,500, the price to include compensation for disturbance of the business and the tenant to have the option of hiring the premises until required by the Corporation. Corpus Christi College has agreed £2,200 for no. 19. The Council is to apply to the Minister of Health for sanction to borrow the sum of £11,700 for the purchase (Cam.News)

23/1/1928: An inquiry was held into Cambridge council’s application to borrow money for the purchase of property in Peas Hill for an extension of the Guildhall. There was an increase of administrative staff and the offices were not adequate to enable the duties to be carried out efficiently. With the acquisition of the property the Corporation would hold the entire island site which would facilitate the suggested scheme for the reconstruction of the Guildhall. They had been met in a conciliatory spirit by the owners of the property and a favourable provisional agreement had been arrived at. (Cam.News)

9/12/1932: A Cambridge man told the bankruptcy court he had started as a second-hand bookseller from a stall on Market Hill. Then he took a shop at 17 Peas Hill selling antiquarian books. But a slump in trade 18 months ago meant Americans were not buying books so he had to borrow from moneylenders. (Cam.News)

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