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30 / 31 Trumpington Street, Fitzwilliam House / Hall
History of Fitzwilliam House, 30 Trumpington Street
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.
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