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45 Hills Road (1 Eastbourne Villa), S. Awdrey’s

History of 45 Hills Road

Eastbourne Villa is clearly marked on the 1881 Ordnance Survey map of the area.


(Eastbourne Villa)

Arthur J Gray, builder employing 40 men

Emma, wife, 54, born Sussex

Ann Gray, mother, widow, 82, born Cambridge

Ann Beales, sister, 35, widow, born Cambridge

Walter Gardiner, nephew, 12, born Cambs

Elizabeth Barker, servant, 50, nurse, born Comberton

Elizabeth Andrews, servant, 19, born Cambs

John Reed Gray (1788-1869) married his wife Anne Harriette (1791-1872) (nee Phillips) in 1815.  Before his death they went to live with their son Arthur J Gray at 6 Tennis Court Terrace where he had a house and a builder’s yard. John died of apoplexy and Anne went to live with her son in a new house he had built in Hills Road – Eastbourne Villa. Family tradition is that she died in the room that was afterwards used for billiards. (Family information)


(1 Eastbourne Villa)

Arthur J Gray, widower, 64, retired builder, born Cambridge

Ann Chapman, 30, cook, born Oakington

Sarah Gammon, 22, housekeeper, born Isleham

Anna Beales, sister, married, 44, lady help, born Cambridge


Elizabeth H Bell, servant, 28, housemaid, born Cherry Hinton

Eliza Bell, 50, wid, housekeeper, born Fulbourn



In 1901 this property was semi-detached adjoining 47. Its garden was extensive and occupied much of the land on which Highsett was later built.


Isabella W Gardiner, 41, born Glasgow

Alan C Gardiner, 13, born Cambridge

Harriet Norman, 32, servant, born Over

Ethel Whiting, 22, servant, born Trumpington

Harriet Stanton, 13, servant, born Barton


Walter Gardiner Sc.D., F.R.S., Fellow and Bursar of Clare College (formerly University Lecturer in Botany)


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