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St Paul's Institute

St Paul’s Parish Institute

History of St Paul's Parish Institute

St Paul’s Institute

Built in 1896, in 1993 the building became part of the Perse School for Girls.

St Paul Parish Rooms, Coronation Street (MoC277.70)


George William Austin, 52, custodian, b Kent

Sarah A, 51, b Kent

25/10/1906 Cambridge Library committee recommended that a branch reading room be opened in a room in St Paul’s Institute, Coronation Street. But Prof Sorley said a reading room supplied people with ephemeral newspapers and magazines, it did not supply literary, technical, scientific or reference works and the central library did not have the works it should have. However it would prevent a great deal of loafing about in the streets which was productive of crime. (Cambridge Press)

2/1/1907 A warm well-lighted room in St Paul’s Institute New Town was opened as a reading room. There was a collection of current literature ready for the first arrivals who drew chairs to the tables and took advantage of the comfort and facilities provided. The Free Library was one of the most popular institutions in Cambridge, ten years ago a branch was established at Mill Road with other reading rooms at Castle End and East Road. (Cambridge Press)


James Saveall, 57, widower, custodian and police pensioner, b Essex

1913 S Paul’s Parish Institute

F Hazelwood, custodian


St Paul’s Parish Institute


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