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The Manor House, Chesterton

Manor House, Church Street, Chesterton

History of the Manor House, Church Street

Alison Taylor, (Cambridge The Hidden History p.123) writes:

Chesterton remained a royal manor until about 1200, after which it was effectively rented out to Barnwell Priory until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540. It was then bought by Thomas Brakyn, mayor and MP for Cambridge, and he and his successors split parts of the estate by selling long leases on parcels of farmland. Eventually, in the early 20th cent. a large area that was manor Farm, around King’s Hedges, was sold to the County Council, and has subsequently been used for housing estates, schools and. following a sale to Trinity College, part of a science park. The manor house itself, just north-west of the church on the site now used for sheltered bungalows, was rebuilt in the seventeenth century, refaced in the nineteenth century and demolished in 1971.

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: built late in the 17th cent. and comprised a straight range with a staircase projection at the back … the boundary wall running NW from the house, of 17th and 18th cent. brickwork, extends to an early 18th cent brick built barn of two storeys. … in the E corner of the garden, beside the NE arm of Church Street and built partly on the boundary wall, is an 18th century summer house.

For a report on the archaeological excavation of the site in 2014 prior to demolition:


Edward Bell, b 1826

Edward Bell, 55, seed merchant, b Cambridge [d. 1889}

Louisa Weldon, 49, b Cambridge

Edward G, 8, b Chesterton

Flora, 14, b Cambridge

Beatrice A, 13, b Cambridge

Margaret L, 11, b Cambridge

Mary R, 10, b Cambridge

Louisa Litchfield, mother in law, 82, b London

Elizabeth Wells, visitor, 51, b Cambridge

Ellen Ainger, nurse, 19, b Cottenham

Sarah Peddle, 17, cook, b Windsor

Harriet Bishop, 29, housemaid, b Cottenham

The Bell family were in 1871 at 33 Bridge Street.


Louisa W Bell, widow, 58, living on own means, b Cambridge

Margaret L, 21, b Cambridge

Mary R, 20, b Cambridge

Edward Gillam, 18, seed dealer, b Chesterton

Emily Mutom, 19, servant, b Cambridge

Florence L Clarke, 19, cook, b Norfolk

Flora Bell married Dr Anthony Dalzell Oxtober 1892 Chesterton. Dr Dalzell d. 1894 and Flora remarried Walter William Hunt Tate in 1896. Walter d. 1916. Flora died 1929 at Manor House, Chesterton.



Louisa Weldon Bell, 78, b Cambridge

Rosalind Mary Clark, daughter, 40, b Cambridge

Anthony Dalziel Clark, grandson, 16, b Chesterton

Sara Maria Sallows, cook, 28, b Haslingfield


Mary R Clark (née Bell) , b 1871

Sarah M Sallows, b 1882, servant

In 1901 Mary was living at 14 Church Street

Manor House, Chesterton (MoC 142/70)

Manor House, Chesterton, demolition Oct 1969 (MoC)



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