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Warwick Hotel (35/37/54/38), Hills Road

History of Warwick Hotel


Hervey [?] Preston, 37, merchant, born Cambs

Ann, 30, born Cambs

Clara, 9, born Cambs

Sarah Parry, 20, Ind, born Cambs

Fanny Charles, 15, F S, born Cambs


(38 Hills Road)

Henry Preston, 47, coal and corn agent, born Cambridge

Ann, 44, born Thetford

Clara Mary, 19, born Cambridge

Eliza Matthews, servant, 17, born Sawston


(54 Hills Road)

Ann Preston, 54, proprietress of houses

Mary A, niece, 35, born Cambridge

Martha Willis, 19, servant,


(54 Hills Road)

Ann Preston, 64, house property

Sarah Ann Fordham, 16, servant, born Hadstock

Susan Frances, 57, lodger, landowner, born Cambs

Maria Frances, 53, lodger, landowner, born Cambs


(54 Hills Road)

Ann Preston, lets appartments

Mary Gage, visitor, 63, born Thetford

Sarah Smith, servant, 16, born Stapleford


(37 Hills Road)

Ann Preston, 84, lodging house keeper, born Thetford

Harriet Bryan, niece 62, born Cambridge

Rose Kofford, servant, 21, born Linton

Alex P McAlister, boarder, 20, born Liverpool, occupation unknown


(35 Hills Road)

Charles J Baker, 60, hotel, born Cambridge

Jane, 59 Hotel manageress, born Cambridge

Annie G, 36, assistant hotel manageress, born Cambridge

Harriet L, 33, photographer’s assistant, born Cambridge

Edith M, 22, hotel assistant, born Cambridge

Arthur G, 30, college cook, born Cambridge

Gladys P Shield, gd daughter, 5, born London, born Cambridge

Sarah A Giddings, servant, 18, born Orwell, born Cambridge


(no number – Warwick Hotel)

John Melville Hammond, visitor, 58, gentleman, born South Africa

Charles J Baker, head, fire life insurance agent

Jane Baker, hotel proprietress

Annie Gray Baker, lady

Harriett Louisa Baker, photographer

Edith Mary Baker, lady

Edith Alvis Hodgson, visitor, 60, widow, lady, born Norfolk


Misses Baker, proprietresses

A.C. Hutcherson

W J Hill (3rd from right, front row)

In 2020 the Museum of Cambridge was sent a copy of this letter and photo. The letter was written by William John Hill (b 1897, Neath Glamorgan; died 1920, Neath) to his aunt and uncle in Neath, South Wales. It seems to suggest he might have been convalescing at the Warwick Hotel but we can find no evidence that the hotel was used for this purpose. His military record shows that he was awarded the DCM for gallantry while under fire (3.9.1918.)

Letter from W J Hill, Warwick Hotel (1)

Letter from W J Hill, Warwick Hotel (2)

Gunner W Hill, Warwick Hotel, Hills Road, Cambridge

Dear Uncle and Aunt, just these few lines in answer to your welcome letter. I was sorry to hear that Aunt Ellen is not in the best of health. I hope that she will soon be better. Glad to hear that William Henry is all right if he is much bigger than when I saw him he must be big. The weather up here is all right. Dunphy is home now. Have you seen him? Dear Aunt I have not got much time to write more I will write later hoping the letter will find you all in the best of health as it leaves me at present with fondest love from Willie.

W J Hill, seated

W J Hill, service record

W J Hill medal record

W J Hill War Badge roll

W J Hill WWI memorial



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