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21 Victoria Street

21 Victoria Street

History of 21 Victoria Street

Following information and photo provided by RAL (email 2022)

House built by John Constable on land purchased from the estate of Charles Humfrey, being part of the garden of Humfrey’s mansion, Clarendon House.

25th March 1854: Freehold owner, sale price £70

George William Swann, banker’s clerk, later landscape artist, resident 17 years, d.1871; first wife Elizabeth (née Constable), daughter of John above, d.1864; second wife Eliza Jeanetta (née Plees), not resident after 1871, d.1892.

1872 Leasehold tenant

William Neal, commercial traveller, with daughter Ellen, resident 10 years.

1891 Leasehold tenant

Henry Worman, banker’s clerk, with wife Fanny and daughter Elsie, resident 2 years.

29th Nov 1892: Freehold owner
Arthur George Dilley, auctioneer of Huntingdon, never resident.

4th July 1893: Freehold owner
Henry Hills, veterinary surgeon at the University Arms Hotel, resident 19 years, d.1914. Sale price £125

22nd May 1914:
Freehold owner: Edward Hills, of Panton House, Ringwood, brother of the above, never resident, d.1923.

Leasehold tenant: Samuel Catling, carpenter, landlord to undergraduates of Christ’s College, resident 19 years. Moved to live with daughter Elsie.

23rd Aug 1923: Freehold owner
Mary Sophia Hills, widow of Edward above, never resident, d.1936.

1933 Leasehold tenant

Elsie Kimmence, landlady to undergraduates of Christ’s College.

1935 Leasehold tenant

Charles Rolfe Dunn, of Coulson’s, builder of the air raid shelter 1940, with Violet (née Kimmence, daughter of Elsie above) his wife, landlady to undergraduates of Christ’s College until 1952, resident 34 years.

10th Dec 1936: Freehold owner
Maud Susan Hills, of Rosslyn, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, daughter of Mary above, never resident.

22nd April 1937: Freehold owner
Elsie Grace Catling, of Glen Dhu, 33 Station Road Histon, daughter of Samuel above, never resident, d.1963. Sale price £350

14th Feb 1963: Freehold owner
Charles Rolfe Dunn, builder, with wife Violet, d.1968, resident 6 years, d.1994. Sale price £1,350

1st July 1969: Freehold owner
Richard and Katharine Ames-Lewis, with children Eleanor, b.1970, Caroline, b.1972, and Jonathan, b.1974, resident 9 years, not resident 1978-2009. Sale price £5,750

1978 Leasehold tenant

John Grice, chaplain of Robinson College, with wife Anne and children Andrew and Catriona, resident 6 years.

1984 Leasehold tenant

Derek Wood, academic, and wife Grazia, resident one year.

1985 Leasehold tenant

Steve Xerri, designer, and Steve Watts, academic, resident 23 years.

13th Feb 2009: Freehold owner
Richard and Katharine Ames-Lewis, second period of residence.
A succession of visiting scholars in the basement flat, 21a Victoria Street.



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