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30 Trinity Street

History of 30 Trinity Street

Three storeys with attic. Built with no. 31 in middle of 18th century to the same design. No. 30 extended to the west to link with a cottage probably of the early 18th cent. Between 30 and 31 there is an original lead rainwater downpipes with moulded head. No. 30 has several original fittings, mouldings and fireplace surrounds.


Elijah Johnson, 52, bookseller, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 44, b Cambs

John E, 20, b Cambridge

Emma, 19, b Cambridge

Frederick, 16, b Cambridge

Octavius, 10, b Cambridge

Alfred, 9, b Cambridge

Franks, 7, b Cambridge

Ralph, 5, b Cambridge

Cyrus, 3, b Cambridge

Harriet Midson, 28, servant, b Essex

Naomi Day, 23, servant, b Melbourn


John Elijah Johnson, 30, bookseller employing man and two boys, b Cambridge


Octavius Johnson, brother, 50, librarian, b Cambridge

Louisa Wisby, servant, 61, b Shelford



Charles Macan Rice, 41, clerk in orders chaplain of Kings, b Surrey


Elijah Johnson, new and secondhand bookseller

Sidney Johnson

Rev C M Rice, MA, Chaplain King’s College

The business was sold in 1923 to Deighton & Bell who continued to run it under the name of Elijah Johnson until 1931.

28/2/1925 We regret to announce the death of Mr Cyrus Johnson, the well-known portrait painter. He was the youngest son of the late Mr Elijah Johnson who founded the Cambridge bookselling firm in Trinity Street. Born at Cambridge he was educated at the Perse school and afterwards studied in Paris. He exhibited at the Royal Academy as a portrait painter in 1877 in which branch of art he achieved much distinction. He resided in Cambridge from 1916 until last year. (Cam. Press)

1936, Blue Book


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