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Prof. Hughes, Mary and son in 1897

21, Ravensworth/Argyle Villa, Brooklands Avenue

History of 21 Brooklands Avenue


(Argyle Villa)

Alexander MacIntosh, ironmonger brazier master employing 17 men and 4 boys


Marian, governess


William, 9, born Cambridge

Charles James, 8, born Cambridge



Lillian, 4, born Cambridge

Beatrice Hemington, 2, born Cambridge

Malcolm, 1,

Sarah Stanley, servant, 22, cook, born Cambridge

May Anne Green, 22, nurse, born Gloucs.

Elizabeth Benton, servant, 16, born Cambridge


(Argyle Villa)

Alexander MacIntosh


Marian, 26, born Cambridge

Florence, 25, governess, born Cambridge

Alex, 21, son, ironmonger, born Cambridge

Rachel, 17, born Cambridge

Eleanor, 16, born Cambridge

Beatrice, 12, born Cambridge

Malcolm, 10, born Cambridge

Duncan, 9, born Cambridge

Sidney, 8, born Cambridge

Mary Shortride, niece, 18, [???], born Durham

Charlotte Harmer, servant, 23, housemaid, born Norfolk

Fanny Pateman, servant, 20, housemaid, born Cambs


(Argyle Villa)

Alexander MacIntosh


Beatrice, 22, born Cambridge

Herbert, nephew, 20, ironmonger’s assistant, born New Zealand

Beatrice Gifford, servant, 18, cook, born Little Shelford

Sarah Ann Willmott, 17, housemaid, born Haslingfield


(Argyle Villa)

Alexander Macintosh, 73, ironmonger, born Cambridge

Ann, 70,  born Over

James Latham, son in law, provision merchant, born Scotland

Marian Latham, daughter, 47, born Cambridge

Florence Mail, daughter, 45, born Cambridge

Helen Kester, 21, housemaid, born Teversham

Alice Chamberlain, 28, cook, born Shepreth


Thomas McKenny Hughes, 78, professor in the University of Cambridge, born Wales

Mary Caroline Hughes, wife, 48, born Ravensworth Westmoreland

George Ravensworth Hughes, 22, articled clerk to solicitors, born Cambridge

Alice Dean, servant, 45, cook, born Quy

Maud Mallowes, servant, 33, parlour maid, born Comberton

Florence Casburn, servant, 25, housemaid, born Burwell

Dorothy Nightingale, servant, 17, kitchenmaid, born Girton

(In 1901 the family were living at 18 Hills Road.)


Thomas McKenny Hughes, MA, FRS, FSA, Woodwardian Professor of Geology.

Thomas M Hughes (1832-1917) was a Welsh geologist. He had worked as a geological surveyor from 1861 to 1873 and he lived in 1873 in Sedburgh, Westmoreland. He died at home in 1917, his wife a year later.

Mary Hughes was also a geologist and in 1909 co-authored with her husband the ‘Cambridgeshire’ volume of the Cambridge County Geography series. professors in the university had not been permitted to marry until 1882. In that year she married Thomas Hughes and she herself became an influential figure in the development of the Department of Geology.

His son Thomas McKenny Hughes was an architect who joined the 53rd Squadron Royal Air Force in WWI. He died 6 February 1918 while on a photographic patrol when the plane he was in was brought down by machine gun fire.

Thomas McKenny Hughes: [Listed as HUGHES, Thomas McKenny on CWGC] Lieutenant, 53 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 6th February 1918. Aged 34. Son of Professor T. McKenny Hughes and Mary Caroline Hughes, of Cambridge. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Section XXVII. Plot F. Row F. Grave 9. See also Cambridge Guildhall (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)


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