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55 & 56 Trumpington Street

56 Trumpington Street (Corpus Building)

History of 56 Trumpington Street

1859 Romilly notes in his diary for 13th October: Mrs Humphry last night told me how well her husbands hostel gets on with the five students: they talk German at breakfast; they have a German lady staying with them these 2 years: her own little boy talks German.

Romilly’s editor notes: G M Humphry, one of the great teachers of medicine in the nineteenth century, was involved in his students’ welfare as well as in their academic progress. Statutes which recognised a house as a University Hostel were at last approved on 31 August 1858 and Humphry soon availed himself of them for the benefit of poor students…. it is said the hostel, 56 Trumpington Street, stayed open for three years….

Urbs Camboritum

PHS sent this note in 2023:

Henry John Hayles Bond (1801-1883), Addenbrooke’s Physician 1830-1872 and later Regius Professor of Physic “acquired a large practice from his home at 56 Trumpington Street, for he was a sound and conscientious physician” (Rook, Carlton & Cannon, ‘The History of Addenbrooke’s Hospital’ (1991), p. 101).

According to UK censuses, the Bond family were living at 1851, 1861, 1871and 1881 at 4 Regent Street.


There are 6 unnumbered properties in this census that may match those numbered nos.56 to 60 in the 1871 census lived in by Thomas Thompson, James Hough, George Humphrey, Samuel Richardson, Edward Cory and Joseph Troughton.


William Newell, 30, lodging house keeper, b Cambs

Sarah, 32, b Duxford

William F, 8 mos, b Cambridge

Georgina Infield, 20, servant, b Ramsey


William Vewell, 40, college servant, b Ely


James Watson, 20, butler, b Gt Shelford


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