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St Tibb's Row: Former home of the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company which moved here from Panton Street in 1882.

St Tibb’s Row

History of St Tibb's Row

According to Enid Porter, Cambridge Street Names , St Tibba, daughter of Penda, King of Mercia, was the patron saint of falconers.

The Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company moved to St Tibb’s Row in 1882 from premises in Panton Street.

The former workhouse of the parish of St Andrew the Great stood at the south end of St Tibb’s Row. It is described in 1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge.


Joan Robertson recalled her parent’s home in St Tibb’s Row where they lived in the 1920s before the family moved to 73 Glebe Road in


Her father Albert Victor Wright, b. 1886 near Newmarket, was the son of Henry, a house painter. In 1911 Henry’s family was living in Cambridge at 8 Doric Street and Albert was a railway porter.

Her mother, Margaret Watson, was the daughter of a police sergeant from Wisbech. In 1911 she was in service at ‘Stratherne’, Hills Road. The couple were married in Cambridge in 1924.


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