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7 Cranmer Road

History of 7 Cranmer Road

Next to us at no. 7 lived Ludwig Strauss and his niece Miss Freund. Strauss had played the viola in the Joachim quartette, but was now much affected by rheumatism in the fingers. His chief pleasure was chess. He had charming manners and spoke with a marked german accent. Mother and father visited him and his niece, and after tea my mother persuaded him to play his violin. In spite of his crippled fingers he played quite wonderfully an unaccompanied theme of Paganini. On one occasion a lady asked him his opinion of her small girl’s quite modern violin – he reluctantly agreed. When she returned to hear his verdict he most politely said ‘It has a very beautiful case’. See wmm_memoirs


Mrs Macaulay


Norah Macaulay, b 1875, private means,

Mureen L Davies, b 1885, private means,

Mildred R Lees, b 1877, private means,

Mildred K Wenham, b 1913, parlourmaid,

Nellie K Dooling, b 1862, cook,


Charles John Hamson MA LLM


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