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Old Cottage, Queen's Cottage

Old Cottage, Queens’ College, Silver Street

History of Old Cottage, Queen's College

This cottage was one of a number of old buildings that survived until 1935 to make way for the Fisher Building.

For more detail about the development of this area of Queens’ College and Cambridge see:

Gwen Raverat mentions ‘a little Tudor cottage which stood among the trees‘ in period Piece p.44.

An undated note on a contemporary postcard says: ‘An old cottage belonging to Queens’ on the opposite side of the river. Some of the college dependants and servants live in it.’


Queen’s Cottages 1 Silver Street

John W Sumpter, 51, college porter, b Windsor

Eliza, 54, b Suffolk

Arthur G, 19, chemist, b Cambridge


Queen’s Cottages 2 Silver Street

William Digby, 34, college servant, b Essex

Rebecca, 33, b Little Downham

William, 9, b Cambridge

Reginald S, 8, b Cambridge

Frank L, 7, b Cambridge

Ethel, 5, b Cambridge

Alfred E V, 3, b Cambridge

George F, 1, b Cambridge


Queen’s Cottages 3 Silver Street

Robert M Jones, 45, gardener, b St Asaph wales

Emily née Rallings, 38, b Duxford

Leonard, 10, b Cambridge

Mabel M, 8, b Cambridge [This is the same person as Madeline Myfanwy Jones who later founded the Garden House Hotel]

Florence E, 5, b Cambridge

Frank Ibberson, lodger, 33, grocer’s assistant, b Leics

Queens College cottage on Backs, later demolished (MoC209/54)

Queens’ College extension 1935 (MoC538/55)


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