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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….



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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