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Kenmare House

74 / 73 (75) Trumpington Street, Randall House, Kenmare House

History of 74 Trumpington Street

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: known in the 18th century as Randall House, it occupies the site of Cotton Hall, which was sold in 1768 to John Randall. It consists of a long range, parallel with the street, some 15ft back from the present building line, that was built in the third quarter of the 18th century; incorporated is a small central W wing of earlier date, possibly a part of the building shown in Logan’s survey of 1688. 

The street from of Kenmare presents an interesting and unusual composition including four Palladian windows. The admirable contemporary railings enclosing the small forecourt were taken for scrap metal during the 1939-45 war.

Listed Building:

(West Side) House adjoining No 74 on the North TL 4458 SE 6/204 II 2. Part of No 74. C18. 2 storeys; red brick; tile roof; stone band below parpet; symmetrically designed front; 3 windows (middle blocked); round- headed door with fanlight; glazing bars missing from ground floor window.


The Cotton Hall on this site was sold by Pike, a wool-stapler of Bedford, to John Randall Mus.Doc, organist of King’s College and professor of music. Randall rebuilt the old Hall.

For more information about John Randall:

Cambridge Professors of Music, 1684 – 1821

1861: In this census James Hough is listed as living in Trumpington Street in an unnumbered hose that was probably closer Market Hill than this location.

James Hough, 43, surgeon, b South India


James Hough, 53, general practitioner, b India

[James Hough in 1876 when he was in contact with the murderer Robert Browning was surgeon to Cambridge Town Gaol]

Eliza, 44, b Cambridge

Anna L, 12, b Cambridge

William W, 11, b Cambridge

Emily S, 2, b Cambridge

Frances Pledger, 39, cook, b Cambridge

Elizabeth Fitch, 29, nurse, b Suffolk

Lane Owen, 18, housemaid, b Cambridge

Isabella Burford, 19, housemaid, b Cambridge

Charles Cooper, 16, errand boy, b Bourn

1891 (75)

James Hough, 73, general practitioner, b India

1913: Kenmare House

(73-74) Mrs Bromley Johnson, boarding house

Dr Ezard, surgery

1962 – 1982:

University of Cambridge Department of Estate Management


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