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2 St Mary’s Passage

History of 2 St Mary's Passage

1844 St Mary’s Passage precise location unknown

The first photographer’s opened up in St Mary’s Passage for a few month, address unknown. It offered ‘Beard’s Patent Daguerrotype or photographic portraits’. The shop was run by a man named Heeley:


Alice Emmerson, 38, housekeeper, b Cambridge


Bailey, Grundy and Barrett, electrical and mechanical engineers

Kidd and Baker, photographers

15/8/1941: James Henry Kidd of Kidd & Baker dies aged 72; first worked for Faulkner- White in St Andrew’s Street, then Scott & Wilkinson. Opened his own business in St Mary’s [Passage] studios 36 years ago and was joined by Miss Baker who had worked with him at Scott & Wilkinson. Business thrived, good mixed trade with University and town. War produced difficulties in obtaining materials and the studio was forced to close (Cam.News)

For more information on James Kidd and other Cambridge photographers see:


Baily, Grundy & Barrett Ltd, radio repairers

2-3 St Mary’s Passage

2 St Mary’s Passage c1960 (MoC43/73)


Cambridge Satchel Co.


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