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50 Bateman Street

50 Bateman Street, Anston House

History of 50 Bateman Street


William Clayton, 75, retired builder, b Cambridge

George, brother, 63, living on own means, b Cambridge

Eliza Fletcher, 50, general servant, b Cambridge

Gwendoline A Carter, visitor, 7, b Cambridge


George Stephen, 47, hosier and outfitter, b Wales

Annie Staples, 49, b Cambridge

Eleanor Ruby, 15, b Cambridge

Jessie Grant, 14, b Cambridge

Alfred Bodge Grant, 9, b Cambridge

Mary, 5, b Cambridge

Constance Eliza Howlett, servant, 18, b Ely


George Stephen


Trinity Hall Hostel

49 & 50 Bateman Street c.1969 (MoC)


Trinity Hall Hostel


Harry Pope

In 2024 MF sent this anecdote: My mother & father had a guest house at 9 Bateman Street for long time in 1960s. Number 50, Anston House, Bateman St, a huge house with many rooms, was also ran as a guest house & accommodated undergraduates, by my aunt & uncle Lottie & Harry Pope, also their son Dennis and daughter Jean Pope. When my mum sent me over to take something to Lottie, she would be in a huge kitchen, with sometimes six policemen drinking tea on their tea break. Lottie had once been associated with the police canteen at Parkside police station so she knew many police men. One time a mate of mine, Denis, (different Denis), was doing some carpentry work for Lottie. I went over to speak to him but the house was so big I couldn’t find Denis even though I asked Lottie where he was. Lottie’s son Dennis organised dances at various locations, live groups. Many pop groups played around Cambridge in those times. One group asked Dennis to manage them, knowing Dennis Popes skill , he turned them down. That group went on to fame as Marmalade, singing songs written by Paul McCartney. Dennis told me he missed a chance of maybe big things there. My mum & Lottie in those days would visit auction rooms on Hills Road, sometimes buying a job lot in box for £1. It was amazing what turned up in those boxes under cups and plates etc. I remember finding rings, a Victorian rose gold watch chain etc – happy times. Mum and Lottie always said,  “Well it will buy the bacon.” After Wimbledon tennis they knew people to visit Cambridge looking for accommodation; that’s what bought the bacon All part of Bateman Street history.


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