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1 Scroope Terrace, Trumpington Street

History of 1 Scroope Terrace

Scroope Terrace

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: the N part of the site was let by Gonville and Caius College on building leases for forty years in 1839 and house 1 to 7, forming a symmetrical block, were then built. Nos 8 to 12 were added by the College, in uniform style, in 1864 at a cost of £8,704. … Inside Nos 1 to 3 have been remodelled for the University School of Architecture; Nos 9 to 12 have been more or less altered to form the Royal Hotel.


Edward Walker, 30, MA private tutor, b Essex

Anne, 27, b Leicester

Brida W, 2, b Cambridge

John Turnbull, 25, student, b Sussex

Jane Lyell, 30, servant, b Kent

Ann Brosske, servant, 26, b Notts

Esther Taylor, 18, servant, b Herts


Richard Shilleto, 61, clergyman Fellow of Peterhouse, b Yorks

Isabella S H, 60, b Bucks

Arthur R, 22, B A Trinity College, b Cambridge

William F R, 21, scholar of Christs College, b Cambridge

Isabella Snelgar, mother in law, 80, b Bucks

The Shilleto family were living in Trumpington St in 1861 and at 5 Park Terrace in 1851.


John Willis Clark

John Willis Clark, 47, supervisor of university museum of zoology, b Cambridge

Frances M Clark, 35, b Russia

Edward Mellish Clark, 6, b Cambridge

William Henry Clark, 5, b Cambridge

Elizabeth Watkin, 47, lady’s maid, b Bristol

Harriet Cook, 34, cook, b Cambs

Louisa Swan, 28, parlour maid, b Cambridge

Eliza Cowell, 20, housemaid, b Hunts


Laura Clerk, housekeeper, 57, b Norfolk

Scroope Terrace (MoC101/55)


Sir James Dewar [absent]

Eliza Armitage, 56, cook, b Cambridge

Elizabeth Long, housemaid, 19, b Ely

Dewar was a distinguished chemist. He is remembered for the invention of the vacuum flask.


Sir James Dewar


1/3 University School of Architecture

1 Scroope Terrace was a basement flat, home to my maternal grandparents, Albert Holmes and Gladys (nee Taylor). Albert was porter (head porter?) at the Fitzwilliam, and caretaker at the School of Architecture. They had six children. He was a stretcher bearer in the first world war and recognised for bravery in the Somme. My grandmother contributed to the Cambridge Merrymen, a concert troupe based at the Theatre on Newmarket Road. They lived there until the 60s when they moved to run The Chequers in Little Shelford.  The flat had wooden floors, an aluminium floor polishing machine, and housed the boiler for the building. Again, everywhere smelled of coal, soap and polish. (contributed by LS in 2020)



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