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20-22 Trinity Street (Heffers)

History of 20-22 Trinity Street

Rebuilt behind in 1969-70 for Heffers bookshop by Austin-Smith: Lord as part of the Wolfson Building of Trinity. The huge open plan volume with its galleries and descending levels was something quite new for a British bookshop.’ (Pevsner)

Three storey houses built in the early 18th century.



John Matthew, 49, grocer china & glass dealer employing 6 men & 3 boys, b Surrey

Mary A, 44, b Cambridge

Henry J, 15, Royal Navy midshipman, b Cambridge

Frances, 14, b Cambridge

Charles J, 13, b Cambridge

Herbert, 11, b Cambridge

Arthur, 10, b Cambridge

George Alfred, 5, b Cambridge

Sidney, 3, b Cambridge

Kathrine, 1, b Cambridge

Susanna Bartlett, visitor, proprietor of houses, 56, b Surrey

Susanna E Bartlett, visitor, 15, b Devon

Sarah Asplin, servant, nursemaid, 35, b Girton

Hannah M Edwards, 22, servant, cook,  b Norfolk

Ann E Harradine, 16, housemaid, b Trumpington

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Henry M Ransom, 38, tailor & robemaker, b Cambridge

Emily M, 27, b Cambridge

Emily S, 1, b Cambridge

Harriet Elizabeth, 2 mos, b Cambridge

Sophia Randall, servant, housemaid, 21, b Quy

Elizabeth Rayner, servant, housemaid, 17, b Chesterton

Isabella Hancock, nurse, 15, b Quy

Julia J Watts, sister, 22, b Cambridge

Rebecca Norton, visitor, 60, b Norfolk

William E Brymer, lodger, 20, student at Trinity College & Inns Temple, b Hants

Samuel T Richardson, lodger, 33, haircutter, b Cambridge

Rebecca A Richardson, wife, 34, b Norfolk

Ada Mary Richardson, 1, b Cambridge



Henry John Matthew had bought the Lensfield Estate from the Wentworth family. But Henry died unexpectedly on 12th September 1879 at the age of 39. The property was bought by the Catholic church and became the site of the new church, Our Lady and the English Martyrs.


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Arthur Matthew, 30, grocer and china dealer, b Cambridge

Benjamin Birt, 26, grocer’s clerk, b Oxford

William Cole, 21, grocer’s clerk, b Cambridge

John C Heffer, 17, grocer’s clerk, b Cambridge

James Dawson, 23, china saleman, b York

Goodman B Campbell, 16, grocer’s shopman, b Sheffield

Julia Holloway, widow, servant, 37, b Norfolk

Susannah Burgess, servant, 25,  b Cambridge


Frederick George Morgan, 28, grocer’s cashier, b Cambridge

Alfred H Clarke, boarder, 22, ironmonger, b Derby

Arthur W French, boarder, 22, provisions merchant’s assistant, b Pampisford

Ernest G Driver, 20, grocer, b Cambridge

Julia Holloway, widow, 55, housekeeper, b Norfolk

Ethel Norman, housemaid, 16, b Over



Robert Bradley, 35, university lodging house keeper, b Market Drayton

Margaret, 30, b Herts

Musgrave, 8, b Cambridge

Beatrice Hall, sister in law, 23, working in house, b Herts

Lavina Hall, niece, 15, working in  house, b Herts

Lawrence Harvey, servant, 16, b Cambridge

Rose Pearson, 20, b Hadstock

Charles Albert Brantsen, 27, law student, b London


20 & 21

Matthew and Sons Ltd, grocers, provision merchants, fruiterers, china and glass dealers

Heffer & Sons (unknown date)(MoC)


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