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101 Newmarket Road & Walnut Tree Avenue from Newmarket Road 1929 (photo J S Moore)(Cambridgeshire Collection)

Walnut Tree Avenue

History of Walnut Tree Avenue

Mike Petty (Facebook) writes:

This is a view of Walnut Tree Ave from Newmarket Road, 1929 by J.S. Moore

Walnut Tree Avenue was demolished to make the approach to Elizabeth Bridge.

The Brunswick School in Walnut Tree Avenue was the first Council School when it opened in 1905. But by 1922 the building was found to be subsiding: The Borough surveyor drew attention to the giving way of the building, and they first of all had to pull down the Boys’ School because it was dragging the other part down, and eventually they pulled down the Girls’ School. The girls were in temporary premises at Paradise Street School and the boys in Fitzroy Street. They had to bear in mind that a new bridge was going to be built at Walnut Tree Avenue some time – (laughter) – and when that was done they would have to accommodate some children from old Chesterton. [CDN 5th June 1925]



Alfred Mansfield, 67, labourer electric light works, b Isleham

Mary, 64, b Chesterton

Walter James, 26, union society club servant,  b Cambridge

Edward Whybrow, boarder, 26, labourer, b Cambridge


Edmund Cross, lodger, 67, widower, retired solicitor, b Cambridge

Albert Edmund Chisholm, 17, solicitor’s clerk, b Cambridge

In 1901 Albert had been living with Edmund at 6 Cromwell Place, Cambridge, which seems to have been very near Walnut Tree Avenue.

Albert Edmund Chisholm: Lance Corporal G/40645, 12th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own). Killed in action Thursday 3rd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born and resident Cambridge, enlisted Chelsea, Middlesex. Adopted son of Edmund Cross, of 76, Walnut Tree Avenue, Cambridge. Formerly, Middlesex Hussars. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7. See also Cambridge Guildhall (Cambridge Gas Roll of Honour)



The Fire Reel Station

East Side

Wortley’s cow sheds

(14) Alfred Mansfield, water company employee

[Alfred Mansfield was the leader of the New Street Men’s Bible Class. ‘Barnwell at War’ (2018) recalls that Alfred had a letter from one of his member’s Sergeant Arthur Harvey.]

(16) Walnut Cottage: William Herbert Chalkley, carpenter

French’s stables

(20) Edward Stearn, college servant

(22) Little Abbey: Alfred Mansfield senior, labourer

(24) Joseph Harry Savidge


(26) Haslop Priest, corporation servant

(28) Henry J Harradine, builder’s labourer

(30) Edward Bell, motor driver

(32) John Appleton Holmes

(34) Mrs Pratt, laundress

(36) Alexander P Brice, Co-operative Society’s assistant

(38) Sidney J Smith, reader at University Press

(40) Alfred Nightingale, warehouseman

(52) Homer’s View: Frederick Brown, cabinet maker

(54) Fernlea: PC Johnson

(56) Scardeburg: Wilfred newman, plumber

(58) Claremont: Herbert Leslie Batterbee, carpenter and joiner

(60) Thomas Craig, traveller

(62) Edward William Stearn, clerk

(64) Sidney William Allen, electrical engineer

(66) Elsie House: Thomas Coward, tailor

(68) Exmouth House: Mrs C Partridge

(70) Charles Adams, college servant

(72) Albert Edward Doust, gas fitter

(74) Mrs Levett

(76) Mrs Broom

(78) Edward James Richardson; Edmund Cross

(80) Frederick Freeman, plumber; Francis Freeman

(82) Charles William Morecroft, manager Camb. Exprress Printing Works

(84) Glenwood: Mrs Casey; George Casey

Foochow: Rev Julian J Butler, curate of St Matthew’s

West Side

Primrose Cottage: Harvey Halls, stonemason

(3) Alfred Everett, cab proprietor

(2) Charles Knightley junior, tinsmith

(1) Cheveley House: Mrs Fayers

Walnut Tree Avenue c1964

Walnut Tree Avenue 9/4/1969 (MoC51/69)

Walnut Tree Avenue 9/4/1969 (MoC253/64)

Site of Elizabeth Way bridge; north end of Walnut Tree Avenue on right. (MoC60/69)



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