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St Andrew's Street, c.1860 looking south (J Palmer Clarke)

69 St Andrew’s Street, The Wheat Sheaf

History of 69 St Andrew's Street

In 1635 this is described: ‘This is enclosed with a wall west of studds and clay and in the occupation of the widdow Roper or her assigns conteyning 49 yards’. (John Jellett’s Terrier)

The Grand Arcade excavation report (2019) contains the following commentary (p378):

Number 69 St Andrew’s Street was a reasonably substantial frontage property that faced onto St Andrew’s Street, behind which lay a narrow yard that was lined on its southern and eastern by 13 small tenements. This yard, which was known as Field’s Court, represented a formalization of the long-lived access route that was first identified in Area 11 during the early fifteenth century. Field’s Court was first recorded documentarily in 1837. In 1851, it was occupied by 12 households with 50 occupants.


Frederick Hills, 46, wine and spirit merchant, b Ely

1881 Public House Wheat Sheaf

Henry Moden , 29, brewer and licensed victualler, b Huntingdon

Elizabeth, 30, b Fen Drayton

Ada Peacock, daughter in law, 11, b Longstanton

Clara, daughter in law, 9, b Longstanton

Bertha K, daughter in law, 7, b Longstanton

Ernest William, son in law, 6,  b Cambridge

Maud E, daughter, 3, b Cambridge

Eveline E, 1,Mary A Westnutt, servant, 19, b Caldecot

Elizabeth Moden had previously been married to Thomas who in 1871 kept the King William public house on the Huntingdon Road in Willingham [not Cambridge]. Thomas died in 1874 and Elizabeth married Henry Moden.

The Wheatsheaf closed in 1883 and then reopened at 3 Market Hill.

In 1891 the family were living at 4 East Road.

See Mill Road Cemetery entry



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