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Malting House, Malting Lane

Little Newnham, Frostlake Cottage and the Malting House, Malting Lane (Malting House School)

History of the Little Newnham

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: Little Newnham and Frostlake Cottage … it occupies the W end of a range of buildings along the S side of malting Lane of 18th cent. origin but very much altered, comprising houses, cottages, maltings, last-houses and stables; malting House at the E end has been so extensively remodelled that it is virtually a modern  building.  The house was built early in the 19th century, enlarged later in the first half of the same century, and subsequently divided into two tenements: Little Newnham to the W., Frostlake Cottage to the E., the latter incorporating a lower range of early 18th century buildings on the E., probably originally stables, for the kitchen, etc.


Information about the school that was run at this site can be found here:



The CWN article about Newnham in March 1981 noted that the Stewart family had visiting books that go back to 1903 showing a stream of European intellectuals who visited the house. The German violinist came to plant a tree in the garden. Before the playroom was turned into an assembly room in 1912 and thereafter used by the Quakers, who licensed it for weddings, by Morris dancers, and later the School Holiday Orchestra, it was lent to the Archaeological Museum to store mummies in.

Albert Schweitzer lectured there, composers Alban Berg, Kodaly (several times), Vaughan Williams signed the book. T.S.Eliot came and “Granny Stewart” drove him over to Little Gidding.



In May the remains of the malting, formerly used to store grain, were converted into a small hall with two galleries and a stage. Many concerts and meetings were held there, including a lecture by Albert Schweitzer. (Vanishing Cambridge, Mike Petty p.35)



(The Malting House) Rev Hugh Fraser Stewart

Hugh Fraser Stewart

H L Pass, St John’s College

Rt Rev Bishop William Moore Richardson (late of Zanzibar)

William Moore Richardson

Rev T Thompson, Caius College

Rev J F Buxton, Clare College


Hugh Fraser Stewart’s daughter was Frida.

Frida Knight née Stewart

For more information see:

A Cambridge hero who took on the fascists – in two conflicts…and lived

Book Review: The Memoirs of Frida Stewart, published 01 July 2020.

Frida Knight leads 2,000 anti-nuclear weapons protestors through Cambridge. 1980


Early 1930s: home to the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.



(The Malting House) Mrs J Stewart, L D Stewart

(Malting Cottage) Miss A Nunn

(The Loft) George D S Henderson

(Frostlake Cottage) Meyrick C M Owen

(Little Newnham) Patrice E Charvet

(Church Rate Corner) Henry S Bennett

Church Rate Corner is a listed building, built 1924.



The Loft, Malting House: J Pace

Frostlake Cottage: C M Owen Meyrick

Little Newnham: David Maull

Church Rate Corner: Henry S Bennett


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