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29 Station Road, 1 Salisbury Villas

History of 29 Station Road


(1 Salisbury Villas)

John S Winbolt [Hinbolt?], 50, civil engineer, born Middlesex

Christiana, 49, born Kennington

Annie P Barton, servant, 36, cook, born Beds

Susan Good [Cook?], servant, 35, housemaid, born Cambs


Barnabas Gibson, 76, retired Governor of Prison, born Leeds

Mary A Matthews, cook, born Comberton

Esther Ison, housemaid, born Cambs


Robert Farren, 79, widower, oil and water colour painter, born Cambridge

Mary Farren, 55, daughter, single, oil and water colour painter, born Cambridge

Anne Coe, 53, married, artist painter, born Cambridge

Nellie Coe, granddaughter, 24, born Cambridge

Jessie Farren, 52, daughter, artist painter, born Cambridge

Alexander Farren, son, artist, born Cambridge

Emma Grace farren, son’s wife, 40, born Cambridge

Daphne Farren, granddaughter, 7, born Cambridge

Ivy Elizabeth Brown, servant, 15, born Cambridge

Robert Farren (1832-1912) was born in Willow Walk, Newmarket Road and worked as a heraldic artist and in the Geological Museum mounting specimens and labelling cases. He published engravings of local scenery. His brother William Farren was a photographer and the two brothers joined together and created Farren Brothers in 1869. they split in 1870 and William Farren continued the photography business.

20/12/1920: Robert Farren, the well-known Cambridge artist, died at Highgate. Farren, who was born in Cambridge about 80 years ago, lived in Cambridge all his life with the exception of a few years’ residence at Scarborough until August last when he went to live in Highgate. He was a very clever water colour artist but best known for his work in oils and his etchings. His fen pictures were well- known and his series of etchings of cathedral cities amongst his most famous work. He also produced fine etchings of the Cambridge Greek plays. His ‘Degree Day’ was published as a photo by Wm Farren when he lived in Rose Crescent. Farren loved to paint Cambridge & Cambridgeshire scenery and there is scarcely a picturesque ‘bit’ in the town or county that has not been reproduced by him. At one time he had his studios at the top of which are now the University offices but were formerly a Liberal Club. A good many years ago he resided at Mayfield, Hills Road but during the last three years lived at no. 1 Station Road. In his younger days he was a very handsome figure, tall and well- built. He was a skilful fencer and attained some note as a geologist. Me married Miss Mason, a Cambridge lady and had a family of 14 children, none of whom are now living in Cambridge, his only relatives being his nephew William Farren, the naturalist, of Regent Street and his brother. Two of his daughters have inherited their father’s artistic skill in no small degree. The funeral will take place at Old Chesterton churchyard where his wife is buried.  Three children of his eldest son, the late Ernest Farren live with their mother in Herbert Street (Cam.News)


Mrs Griffiths


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