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St Andrew's Hill corner with Downing Street c1960

St Andrew’s Hill

History of St Andrew's Hill

St Andrew’s Hill had vanished under the Grand Arcade complex by the end of the 20th century.

It originally ran from opposite the Geological Museum in Downing Street NNW until it joined with St Tibb’s Row which continue almost due north towards the site of the old Post Office.

1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge:

House no. 4 and shop no.3 and warehouse adjoining on the south, the last behind the premises of Messrs Barrett and Son, china and glass dealers, 25 St Andrew’s Street, the three forming a domestic’s and business unity…… Barrett’s warehouses in Jesus Lane were offered for sale as building materials in 1831 and R Barrett was ‘of St Andrew’s Hill’ in 1836. Probably therefore the present group was built c. 1830.

House no.7 …. was built in the 18th or early in the 19th century…

Houses, nos. 9 and 10, on the corner of Tibb’s Row and extending towards Corn Exchange Street …. the plan suggests a 16th-century origin. the earliest of the additions to the W is of c. 1700. The wing, probably once a separate building, is of the 17th century. The whole was remodelled and the main range refronted early in the 19th century, probably by Charles Humfrey and in 1818 when the ownership of the land on which two porches were being built was in dispute. Humfrey evidently established his right, for the porches survive and the space between them is enclosed by railings.


(unnumbered) Charles Henry Careless, 30, college servant, b Hampshire

Emily E, 28, b Essex

Robert, 3, b Middlesex

Annie Jane Flora, 1, b Cambridge

Mary Dawson, 18,  servant, b Elsworth

Ellen Wishey, 16, servant, b Cambridge

William W Haggis, lodger, 24, college cook, b Cambridge

Charles Henry died July 1854 aged 34. He was son of James Careless.

See Mill Road Cemetery entry

1913: (from Downing Street end)

Old Corn Exchange Building;

Foster & Jagg, printers and publishers

Henry Liddiard, cycle and motor depot

East Side:

(1) Whitmore and Co, wine spirit and ale merchants

The Bun Shop saloon and retail bars

(3) R Barrett and Son, earthenware, china, glass and hardware merchants

(4) Herbert Dye Froment, head porter Clare College

(5) Mrs L Hobson, lodging house keeper

(6) Albert Edward Hunting, carpenter

Mrs E Hunting, lodging house keeper

Corn Exchange Court:

Barrett and Son, china, earthenware and hardware merchants

Barrett’s Cottages:

Stables: Knaster and Cox motor garage

(7) Cox and Allen, bookbinders etc

A Cox, advertising agent

(8) Summers and Sons, motor builders

Stable and warehouse, Flack and Judge Artistic Sign Union

West Side:

(9) Papworth and French solicitors

Major Oliver Papworth, councillor of the Borough

North Side:

(9) Frederic W French, secretary Victoria Friendly Societies’ Asylum

Percy Albert French

(10) Mrs Elizabeth Scott


(10) Mrs Elizabeth Starr Scott was reported to have died November 1918 aged 88.

1962: (from Downing Street end)

East Side:

(1) The Bun Shop

(3) Barrett and Son, wholesale and retail glass

(4) Miss Dodd

(5) Mrs L Hobson

Corn Exchange Court:

Barrett and Son, wholesale and retail glass, china and hardware

(7) W S Thatcher, private tutor

(7) Elias and Co stock brokers

A Sidney Campkin and Sons, photographic apparatus

Matthew and Son Ltd

(8a) Speedy Shoe Repair



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