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Brookfield, Newnham Walk

History of Brookfield

Brookfield, on the corner of Church Rate Walk and Newnham Walk, was purchased by Corpus Christi College in 1947 and was divided into five flats, the occupants of which were often (but not always) members of the College. It was sold in 2009 to Dr Hermann Hauser and Dr Pamela Raspe, who were already living in No.3 Newnham Walk. The Bidwell’s brochure for the 2009 sale stated that the building “was believed to date from the late 19th century”, though it seems to have been built earlier than this. Thus the Ordnance Survey for 1885 shows a house where Brookfield now is; it was first listed in Spalding’s in 1874, when its occupant was James Hunt, a solicitor; and there is some inferential evidence that he had it built at some point after his wife Charlotte died in 1868. From 1884, the house was occupied by Sir Roland Knyvet Wilson, a Reader in Indian Law.

See No 3 Summerfield, Cambridge – A House, Street and Area History


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