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Searle Street Don Brush Factory in 1989

21 & 23 Searle Street

History of 21 - 23 Searle Street


H J Gray and Co set up the Playfair Factory for sports equipment with 8 employees. In 1912 it moved to Benson Street. See Brush Factory Article pt2 below.

See Gray family history:



J C Newman, builder and undertaker


Cambridge Brush Co.

‘Don’ was the trade mark of the brush company; there was no direct university connection.


Searle Street Don Brush Factory in 1989

Brush Factory article pt1

Brush Factory article pt2


Don Cottages 2018

Don Cottages, Searle Street 2018



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