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Ram Yard (MoC)

Ram Yard

History of Ram Yard

Michael Bower Air Raid! pub. 1986 was an eye witness to the bombing by a Ju88A on 27th July 1942.

Gone first was the ‘Blue Barn’ Restaurant, an aged two storey building in Ram Yard removed by a 250 kg HE.

The suggestion of demolishing this narrow thoroughfare was made as far back at 1900. W. wrote in the CDN 19.11.1900: I refer to the buildings situated between Round Church Street on the one side and Ram Yard, looking into Park Street on the other. Here is a collection of bricks and wood in the shape of miserable cottages, bar the way to what might be a worthy continuation of Trinity and St John’s Streets to park Street, bringing into touch one of the busiest parts of the town. It is only a matter of a few hundred pounds to buy these cottages and I am sure that were the owners approached they would have sufficient patriotism to let their property go for a consideration.

Cambridge City Plan, 1888


(1) Susan Haslop, 48, milliner and dressmaker, b Stapleford

(2) William Daniels, 60, whitesmith, b Norfolk

(3) Susan Wilson, 50, seamstress, b Cambridge

(4) William Else, 38, b March

(5) Isaac Fromant, 49, boot closer

(6) Henry Nunn, 43, livery stable keeper, b Cambridge

(7) Thomas Scruby, 58, gardener, b Shelford

(8) Richard Ingram, 65, plumber, b Cambridge

(9) George Seymour, 57, flyman, b Yorks

(10) Robert Everitt, 47, cutter, b Cambridge

(11) vacant

(12) John Brown, 64, cordwainer, b Barnwell

(13) Elizabeth Sell, 56, college servant, b Elsworth

(14) Sarah Scott, 62, wife of college cook, b Cambridge

(15) Thomas Chamberlain, 37, musician, b London

(16) Elizabeth Harrisons, 75, b Girton

During the 1870s, William Heffer and his family occupied an address in this street. They had previously lived in Clement Place and by 1881 were at 104 Fitzroy Street.


North Side

  1. Joseph A Prizborsky, hairdresser
  2.  Henry Harvey, gasfitter an bellhanger workshops
  3. ditto
  4. James Walter Mansfield, cab driver
  5. Harry Graveling, bricklayer
  6. Richard King, bootmaker
  7. Mrs Balls
  8. A Newman

Here is Park Street

Lincolne and Son’s and Holden’s Stables

Campkin’s Stores

10. Frederick Sam Riggs, University billiard rooms

12. –

13a. H Harvey, workshops

13b. S Fulcher, cabinet maker, undertaker

W J Ison, cycle store rooms

A W Barker, French polisher and upholsterer

13. Alfred H Wilson, compositor

14. Barber and Co, printers

15. Mrs Werrey, The Ram Inn

16. Bros. Denson, tailor and robe maker

J H Priest, picture dealer


Thomas Percy Mayes: Private 285083, 1st/6th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 13 August 1917. Husband of husband of Louisa Rebecca Mayes, of 12A, Ram Yard, Bridge St.

Ram Yard, 1926 (MoC74/57)

Ram Yard, 1937, looking towards Bridge Street (photo J Baldwin)

Ram Lane was finally demolished in 1961 to provide access to the new Park Street car park that opened in October 1963.


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