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17 Petty Cury c1960s (MoC274.72)

17 Petty Cury

History of 17 Petty Cury

1851 unnumbered

John Robinson,  66, tailor, b Cambridge

Ann, 66,  b Cambridge

1871-1861 not listed

1881 shop locked up at night



Naomi Curtis, widow, 61, living on own means, b London

Mary Ann, 21, dress maker, b Chesterton

Louise Clark, 20, servant, b Cambridge

1901 (16-17)

Edward James Culyer, 46, Temperance Hotel proprietor, b Norfolk

Alice Mary, 40, b Norfolk

Ada Laura, 16, b Norfolk

Elizabeth Russell, 40, cook, b Ely

Kate C Brown, 19, housemaid, b Suffolk

Minnie Reed, 25, waitress, b Soham

Millie Wright, 27, waitress, b Cambridge

Mary A Bradford, 25, kitchenmaid, b Bottisham

Phoebe Cook, 23, housemaid, b Cambridge

John H Groyther, boarder, Congregational Minister, b Lancs

Agnes D Groyther, boarder, 30,  b Cheshire

Edward H Power, boarder, 56, commercial traveller, b Kent

Herbert Harmsworth, boarder, 29, merchant…., b Hants

William Thomas Bleet, servant, 15, errand boy,  b Cambridge


(16-17) Livingstone Commercial Temperance Hotel, Dining Rooms and Restaurant

Edward J Culyer, proprietor

19/10/1929 With the passing of Mrs Eliza Jane Mason of the Livingstone Hotel, Petty Cury, Cambridge has lost a prominent member of the restaurant business. She commenced business with a university lodging house on Market Hill which became known as ‘Masons’ and was converted into a restaurant. It was largely used by cadets and catered for the officers stationed here during the Great War. Almost the first Belgian wounded soldiers were billeted there and she acted as a sort of nursing mother to them. Her next move was to Sadd’s before she bought the Livingstone Hotel which was then only a coffee house. It is now one of the best commercial hotels in Cambridge. She also built the Rendezvous, Magrath Avenue as a skating rink in 1909. (Cam.News)

(17a) Brown and Pain, milliners and baby linen


(16 & 17) Livingstone Hotel, H P Claybyn

(17) Brown and Pain, corset makers


Kittridge’s tobacco shop (in 1937 Kittridge was at 70 Sidney Street)

The front was renovated in the 40s and an elaborate carved wooden fascia was put up, embellished with carved negro heads, similar to those which appeared on 18th century tobacconist’s signs. Two of these heads are now in the Museum of Cambridge.


Separates (Jennifer) Ltd, fashion specialists

16 Petty Cury

17 Petty Cury (MoC25/60)


17 Petty Cury (MoC)

It had been thought that the carving of the woman second from the left had come from the tobacconists at 70 Sidney Street.

Deer Woman figure of Native America Mythology. Traditions say she can be controlled though chanting and use of tobacco. (MoC) From unknown address in Sidney Street

A note on the reverse of this photo states: Photograph of all four pinewood figures which were placed above each side of the fascia of 17 Petty Cury which was demolished in September 1972. The figures seemed to have replaced the carved negro heads which belonged to J Kittridge tobacconists. Photograph by Edward Leigh, King’s Parade, after the carvings were removed to the Guildhall. Neg No. C33073.


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