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51 (34) Water Street

History of 51 Water Street

Thanks to the work of John Baker on the Chesterton Manorial Records, it is possible to  connect some of the ancient plots in this area to modern addresses.

One of these is inclosure award no. 185 on an 1840 map which shows a homestall belonging to Thomas Riddel.

1793, 9 Oct: Charles Day of Cambridge gent surrd. to Tho Whittred a messuage formerly in the occupation of Philip Webb, then – Mansfield, then John Papworth. Ct Bk F, pp 455-6 (entered under 10 May 1808

1810, 2 May: Thomas Whittred of Cambridge Esq surrd to John Riddel a messuage formerly in the occupation ofJoseph Papworth and then of widow Rayment, with barns, stables etc. Ct Bk F, pp 445-6.

1821, 13 Aug: John Riddel surrd to Tho Riddel a messuage formerly in the occupation of Joseph Papworth and then of the widow Rayment and then of Thomas Riddel. Ct Bk G, pp 102-4.

1840 Inclosure award shows no. 185 as a ‘homestall’ belonging toTho Riddel, freehold and copyhold, 15p.


John Riddel, farmer


John Riddel


John Riddel


Mary Riddel


Mary Riddel

1901 (34)

Anne Ruskin

1913 (34)

Charles Kilby


Benjamin Northfield, b 1874, plate layer retired

Emily, b 1878

Richard,  b 1919, roadmaker

Gilbert Poole, b 1914, milk roundsman

Arthur Waller, b 1863, foreman roadmaker

James H Glanfield, b 1874, gentleman servant retired

Martha Glanfield, b 1873, housekeeper retired


Northfield Road


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