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Kenmare House

74 Trumpington Street, 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.


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


1913: Kenmare House

(73-74) Mrs Bromley Johnson, boarding house

Dr Ezard, surgery


University of Cambridge Department of Estate Management


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