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30 Trumpington Street

30 / 31 Trumpington Street, Fitzwilliam House / Hall

History of Fitzwilliam House, 30 Trumpington Street

Fitzwilliam House

Wikipedia: In 1869, Cambridge University altered its statutes to allow men who were not members of a college to become members of the University under the supervision of a censor, whose office was in Trumpington Street, opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum. This provided students who could not afford to belong to a college with a base from which to study at the University, allowing them to be admitted to degrees, sit examinations and compete for scholarships. The name “Fitzwilliam” was chosen by the students at a meeting of the Non-Collegiate Amalgamation Club in the Spring of 1887 and, as a result, the University decreed that the house in Trumpington Street could be known as Fitzwilliam Hall. This became the headquarters of the Non-Collegiate Students Board and provided student facilities and limited accommodation. It was renamed Fitzwilliam House in 1922.


A B Gray in Cambridge Revisited (1921) notes the inscription above one of the ground floor windows. ‘1727 I H X’ : 1727 is the year it was built and I H are probably the initials of the owner.



House built by John Halstead, the brewer.


1881: 30

George Peck, 54, chemist, b Cambridge

Helen M, 20, b Cambridge

Edith, 16, b Cambridge

Ernest S, 14, b Cambridge

Herbert, 12, b Cambridge

Sydney C, 9, b Cambridge

Harold R, 7, b Cambridge

Lillian C, 4, b Cambridge

Rose Flitton, 17, servant, b Great Shelford

Louisa Pettett, 16, house maid, b Little Shelford

William A Rhodes, lodger, 25, dentist in practice, b Yorks

In 1871 the family were at 36 Trumpington Street.



George Peck, 64, chemist, b Newnham


Helen M,

Edith E,

Ernest S, 24, pharmaceutical chemist,

Herbert S, 22, university student,

Sydney C, 17, chemical student,

Harrold R,

Alfred G,

Lillian C,

Rebecca Nicholl, 18,

Rebecca Thomson, 18,

In 1901 the family were living at 25 Fitzwilliam Street.



30 Trumpington Street

G Peck and son, pharmaceutical chemists

Ernest Saville Peck 

[Ernest Saville Peck became an authority on chemical weapons during WWI]


1913: Fitzwilliam Hall

William Fiddian Reddaway MA, censor of Non-Collegiate Students

William Fiddian Reddaway

Rev. A O N Lee, resident chaplain

B Rolfe, steward

H E Martin, librarian

30 – 31 Trumpington Street (Cambridgeshire Collection)


After she left school Pamela Knights worked for the Maintenance Fund which was housed in Fitzwilliam House, next to the old Addenbrookes Hospital:

1962: G Peck and Son Ltd (A Border Mgr)

Fitzwilliam House


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