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27 Petty Cury

History of 27 Petty Cury

1841 unnumbered

Mary Favell, 50, independent

Elizabeth Baye, 45, independent

Mary Ann Webb, 25, independent

Sarah Banyard, 25, servant

Elizabeth Rickman, 25, servant


James Pryor, fishmonger & poulterer, 49, Sidney Street Cambridge

Esther, 40, Hereford,

James, 15, New Square Cambridge

Harriet, 11, Fitzroy Street

William, 9, Fitzroy Street

Esther, 8, born Belmont Place,

John, 6, born Willow Walk

Frederick, 2, born Petty Cury

Ann, 2 mos, born Petty Cury

Emma Goodwin, servant, 20

James Pryor advertised himself as ‘late coachman of the Rocket’.


James Pryor, 59, fishmonger, born Cambridge

Esther, 50, born Hereford

James, 23, fishmonger, born Cambridge

John, 16, born Cambridge

Frederick, 12, born Cambridge

Anna, 10, born Cambridge

Mary, 8, born Cambridge

Sarah Ann French, 16, housemaid, born Ditton


James Pryor, 69, fishmonger and dealer in game


Frederick Dean, 22, drapers clerk, b Cambridge

Mary, 18,

Sarah Wright, 15, servant, b Shelford

1881 Fish Shop

Joseph Rider, 21, fish merchant, b Cambridge

Alice, 17, b Cambridge

1901 uninhabited


Victoria Bazaar Co, 1906, Ltd



H Samuel Ltd jewellers

24 – 27 Petty Cury, 1960s

27 Petty Cury, (MoC209/72)

27 Petty Cury (MoC210/72)

27 Petty Cury (MoC246/72)


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Nationwide Building  Society

James Pryor was born 12th April 1801 and baptised at Great Eversden. He married Esther Deen 11 Sep. 1835 at St James, Westminster. In 1881 he is living with his daughter Esther at 11 Eastbourne Terrace, Hills Road. He died 28th Jan. 1886. His father William (b.1775 bur. 4/1/1835 St Michael’s Cambridge) was a corset maker who lived in Green Street.

In 1841, James was a coachman living with his family in Eden Terrace.

By 1881, James Pryor, the son, has set up  business on Hills Road as a fishmonger.

In 1901 William and Esther are living with their mother at 1 Gresham Road.

Jame’s Pryor’s business features in adverts in contemporary newspapers:

22/8/1874 – best Scotch salmon one shilling per pound

22/11/1879 – pheasants this day – 6s 6d per brace

23/12/1876 – James Valentine Pryor – fish, game, oyster, and ice merchant – an oyster room

8/5/1875 – notice given of expiry of partnership between James and his son James V Pryor

13/11/1847 – a notice in the paper suggests that a Harriet Rushbrook assigned her personal estate and effects to W W Robinson and James Pryor a fishmonger of Cambridge in settlement of debts.

10/12/1831 – James Pryor is listed as one of five proprietors of the Rocket Coach. This ran to London from The Hoop Hotel and the Blue Boar Inn every morning except Sunday at 11am arriving at the White Horse Fetter Lane at 5pm. The Rocket was one of a number of coaches who made regular journeys to and from London.

9/4/1881 – announcement of marriage of James Valentine, eldest son of James Pryor, 11 Eastbourne Terrace, Cambridge to Elizabeth Fanny, only daughter of George Hawson, The Mount, Worksop.




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