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3 Grantchester Street

The Co-Op

Mr William Ernest Ellis, who had taken over the Bakery in Derby Street in 1890, had also added a grocery business and sub-postmaster’s trade. In 1904 so thriving were the latter two businesses that he was able move them to a newly built shop at the corner premises next to his home, St Mark’s Lodge, at No.1 Grantchester Street. This adjoined the Victorian Maitland House, predecessor to the existing Maitland House by DC Wadwha.

In 1912 it would appear Ellis sold his business to the Cambridge Co-operative Society which opened its branch No.9 on the corner premises, with Mr Sidney Maskell as manager. The sub-post office moved to No.9 Grantchester Street (later renumbered 21), Mr George Tolliday becoming the sub-postmaster. Mr Ellis continued living at St. Mark’s Lodge.

In the 1920s the Manager of the Co-operative was Mr W.J. Allen, whereas Mrs Maskell (widowed?) was living at No.1. By 1923 the Co-op has acquired the number 3 Grantchester Road.

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