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Doric Street

History of Doric Street

It was Thomas Musgrave who built  Downing Terrace, facing Lensfield Road in 1819. He had acquired land when the area known as New Town was sold off to a variety of developers circa 1807. Behind it, off Saxon Street, Musgrave also built a series of squalid streets of back to back houses, Gothic Street, Doric Street and Terrace Lane. These were removed as slum clearance in the mid 20th century. (Source: Cambridge City Council 2012 – New Town and Glisson Road Area Conservation Appraisal)

On this 1925 map of Cambridge Doric Street would have been the narrow alley to the east of Gothic Street running south from Saxon Street. Terrace Lane would have been the alley to the east of that.

Robert W. Stevenson, born 1916, son of Robert Stevenson of no. 13, later of 115 Mowbray Road, wrote a poem when he was stationed in Ireland with the RAMC in 1943, called CHILDHOOD, In Doric Street – 1920’s.

The poem depicts a wide range of people, some of whom lived in the street such as Mrs Elgar [no.19] and her much prized ferns,  old Mrs Barker [no.4], and others who visited or had shops nearby.


No.1 (1901):

Frederick Haggis, 59, drapers porter,

Matilda, 57, b Cambridge

Charles P, 24, grocers warehouseman, b London

Frederick, 19, gardener, b Cambridge

Horace, 15, bakers boy, b Cambridge

Gertrude, 14,

No.1 (1911):

Frederic Burton Haggis, 69, widower, manservant, born Cambridge

Gertrude, 24, daughter, general servant, born Cambridge

(1913): Frederick Haggis, carman

No.2 (1901):

William Ashberry


Harry, 14, house boy, born Cambridge

Lily, 12, born Cambridge


Elsie, 9, born Cambridge

Nellie, 6, born Cambridge

Bessie, 3, born Cambridge

Alice, 11 mos, born Cambridge

No.2 (1911):

William Ashberry, 57, gardener Botanic Gardens, born Chesterton

Elizabeth, 49, born Cambridge

Bertram, 20, book sellers assistant, born Cambridge

Ernest, 16, printers apprentice, born Cambridge

Alice, 10, born Cambridge

(1913) William Ashberry, gardener Botanic Gardens

No.3 (1901)

Louisa Clark, daughter, 27, laundress,  born Cambridge

William, son, 19, railway engine cleaner, born Cambridge

Mahala, 15, servant, born Cambridge

Sidney, 13, butchers boy, born Cambridge

No.3 (1911)

Alice Clark, 57, widow, club assistant (political club), born Balsham

Lousia Clark, 37, daughter, born Cambridge

(1913) Mrs Alice Clark, charwoman

No.4 (1901)

George Petitt, 32, coachman, b Newnham

Annie M, 30, needle work, b Horningsea

George D, 11,  born Cambridge

Eliza M, 7, born Cambridge

Serat [?] H, boy, 6, b Horningsea

No.4 (1911)

Robert Malcolm Barker, 55, fly driver (livery stables), born Great Chesterford

Julia Constance, 52, born Cottenham

Lydia Malcolm, 13, born Scotland

Florence Piddock, step daughter, 15, domestic servant, born Cambridge

(1913) Robert M Barker, cab driver

No.5 (1901)

Frederick Oakman, 34, bricklayer, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 36, b Fulbourn

Alfred, 12, b Cambridge

Ernest, 10, b Cambridge

Hilda, 7, b Cambridge

May, 5, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 2, b Cambridge

No.5 (1911)

Frederick Cracknell, 50, farm labourer, born Horseheath

Louisa, 50, born West Wickham

(1913) Alfred Dowe, labourer

No.6 (1901)

Harry Carter, 41, coal Carter, b Grantchester

Alice J, 40, b Grantchester

Emily J, 16, laundress, b Grantchester

Ebenezer, 13, errand boy, b Grantchester

Rose, 11, b Grantchester

Lily, 9, b Grantchester

Florence, 5, b Grantchester

Oliver, 1, b Cambridge

No. 6 (1911)

Alfred Ernest Tibbs, 27, postman GPO, born Wisbech

Eliza Pheobe, 28, born Cambs

Leonard, 2, born Wisbech

Olibe Annie, 1, born Wisbech

Walter John, 2 mos, born Cambridge

(1913) Mrs Cracknell

Eric James Cracknell: Private 20140, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 21 September 1917. Aged 22. Born 27 September 1895 in Chesterton, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge Son of Mrs. Elizabeth C. Cracknell, of 6, Doric St., Cambridge. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Cambridgeshire, resident with his mother, Elizabeth, at 37, Newnham, Cambridge. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Cambridge, a College Servant, a boarder at 3 Church Rate Walk Newnham Cambridge. Buried in ST. PATRICK’S CEMETERY, LOOS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 2. See also Cambridge Guildhall and Cambridge University Press & College Servants (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)

No.7 (1901)

John Hall, 73, “shepherd”, b Balsham

Mahalah, 73, b Fulbourn

Percy, grandson, 18, plumbers labourer, b Norfolk

No.7 (1911)

Alfred Benton, 30, coal porter gas works, born Cambridge

Emily, 35, born Luton

Marjory O’Dell, step daughter, 11, born Cambridge

Tom O’Dell, step son, 7, born Stratford

Roy O’Dell. step son, 3, born Cambridge

Olaf Tregenza, nephew, 9, born Hull

(1913) Mrs Jessop

No.8 (1901)

Henry Wright, painter

Rhoda, cook

Sidney, 16, house boy, b Berks

Albert, house boy,


Leonard, 11,





No.8 (1911)

Henry Wright, 53, house painter, born Cambs

Rhoda, 48, born Berks

Albert Wright, 24, railway porter, born Cambridge

Lilian Wright, 22, housemaid domestic, born Cambridge

Alfred Wright, 19, grocers porter,  born Cambridge

Reginald, 17, houseboy domestic, born Cambridge

Archie, 13, born Cambridge

Ida Wright, 10, born Cambridge

Edward Wright, 9, born Cambridge

Nellie Wright, 7, born Cambridge

(1913) Henry Wright, painter

No. 9 (1901)

Walter W Molt, 47, college kitchen porter, b Oxford

Gilpah, 45, college bedmaker, b London

Gertrude, 18,  b Cambridge

Walter W, 16, boot closers apprentice, b Cambridge

Charles M, 14, college kitchen porter, b Cambridge

Frederick J, 12, b Cambridge

Edith May, 7, b Cambridge

Minnie V, 5,  b Cambridge

Constance, 4, b Cambridge

No.9 (1911)

Alfred Woolley, 40, hotel cook, born London

Esther Woolley, 42, born London

John Rogery, lodger, 39, coal merchant carman, born Cambridge

(1913) Alfred S Woolley, cook

No. 10 (1901)

Flora Clark, 44, stay maker

No.10 (1911)

Flora Clark, 54, single, corset maker ladies outfitting, born Cambridge

(1913) Miss Florence Clarke

No.11 (1901)

Martha Hall, 42, living on her own means

Ethel, 12, b Surrey

Elsie, 10,  b Cambridge

Bertha, 8

Hilda, 6

Alice, 4

William, 2

No.11 (1911)

Martha Hall, 52, widow, born Cambs

Bertha Thrances [?] Hall, 18, dressmaker at shop, born Cambridge

Hilda Margaret Hall, 16, born Cambridge

Alice Gertrude Norman Hall, 14, born Cambridge

William Norman Hall, 12, born Cambridge

(1913) Percy J Chamberlain, lamplighter

No.12 (1901)

Eliza Leach, 33, laundress, b Cambridge

No.12 (1911)

Bertie Jordan, 22, shop assistant, born Gt Shelford

Grace Ethel Jordan, 24, born Essex

Gladys Joyce Jordan, 9 mos, born Cambridge

(1913) Bertie Jordan, shop assistant


No.13 (1901)

William Peck, 48, railway carman, b Cambs

Jane, 43,b Cambs

Charles, 19, goods porter, b Cambridge

Esther, 12, b Cambridge

Francis, 5, b Cambridge

Mary Ann, 3, b Cambridge

No.13 (1911):

William Stevenson, 43, sugar boiler, born Cambridge

Fanny, 45, charwoman, (married 25 years), born Suffolk

Robert, 21, college waiter, born Cambridge

Bert, 19, presser tailor, born Cambridge

Bill, 17, gardener, born Cambridge

Arthur, 13, school, born Cambridge

No. 13 (1913):

William Stevenson

In 1901 the Stevenson family were living at 221 Newmarket Road. According to his son, Robert served in the infantry in WWI but records have been lost.

No.14 (1901)

Arthur J Ludman, 35, stableman, b cambridge

Eliza, 36, charwoman, b Horningsea

Charles C Nordell, boarder, 50, decorator, b London

No.14 (1911):

Tom Lee, 38, labourer (National Telephone Co.), born Cambridge

Elizabeth, 34, born Cambridge

Lelis, 8, born Cambridge

Elise, 6, born Cambridge

Florence, 4,  born Cambridge

Lillin, 2, born Cambridge

No.14 (1913):

Francis Robert Stevenson, college servant

No. 15 (1901)

Ruth Wolley, widower, 48, cook, b Suffolk

No. 15 (1911):

Thomas Marshall, 53, jobbing gardener, born Cambridge observatory

Harriett, 42, born London

Thomas, 3, born Cambridge

William, 2, born Cambridge

(1913) Thomas Marshall, gardener

Thomas Charles Marshall: Private 326081, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7th March 1918. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Cambridge. Formerly 3024, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Son of Thomas James and Harriet Marshall, 15, Doric St., Cambridge. Buried in FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 21. Also listed on Cambridge Guildhall. (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)

No. 16 (1901)

Susannah Custerson, 54, living on own means, b Norfolk

George, 23, butcher, b Comberton

Frederick, gardener, 18, b Toft

No. 16 (1911)

Charles Mansfield, 22, gardener domestic, born Cambridge

Eliza Mansfield, 24,  born London, born London

(1913) Charles Holmes, engineer

No. 17 (1901)

Esther Ann Bush, 34, charwoman, b London

Harriett Marshall, sister, 34, cook, b London

Thomas C Marshall, nephew, 3, b Cambridge

George A Best, visitor, 12, b London

No. 17 (1911)

Eliza Offer, 65, married, charwoman, born Linton

Arthur Cutter Offer, son, 28, jobbing gardener, born Grantchester

Annie Offer, 16, domestic servant, born Newnham Croft

(1913) Mrs Offer

No. 18 (1901)

Frederick Watson, 33, bricklayer, b Cambridge

Martha, 30, b Cambridge

Frederick, 3, b Cambridge

Edwin, 1, b Cambridge

No. 18 (1911)

Frank Benstead, 24, brewers laborer, born Cambridge

Daisy, 24, born Cambridge

Kate Susan Benstead, 2, born Cambridge

(1913) Bert Scarr, labourer

No.19 (1901)

John Webb, 77, widower, b Bottisham

Susannah, 33, laundress, b Impington

No. 19 (1911)

Sarah Jane Elgar, 75, widow, born Cambridge

Lucy Harriett, 35, single, born Cambridge

Reginald Jack, 12, [grand?]son, school part time houseboy,  born Cambridge

(1913) Mrs S J Elgar, needlewoman

Reginald Jack Elgar: Private G/17368, 16th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 25th September 1918. Aged 20. Born Cambridge, enlisted Bury St Edmund’s. Son of Mrs. L. H. Elgar, of 19, Doric St., Cambridge. Buried in TEMPLEUX-LE-GUERARD BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 21. See also Cambridge St Mary the Less and Cambridge Guildhall (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)

No. 20 (1901)

Jane Elgar, widower, 65, b Cambridge [living at no. 19 in 1911]

Lucy, 25, charwoman, b Cambridge

Bertie Nelson, grandson, 8, b Cambridge

Reginald Elgar, grandson, 2, b Cambridge

No. 20 (1911)

Frank Smith, 36, farm labourer, born Stapleford

Rebecca, 34, born Cambridge

Jessie, 8, born London

Charles Edward, 4, born Cambridge

Sawen[?], daughter, 15mos, born Cambridge

(1913) Charles Ellis

No. 21 (1901)

John E Rayner, widower, 71, unable to work, b Trumpington

No.21 (1911)

William Unwin, 35, under groundsman cricket ground, born Cambridge

Rachel, 31, born Norwich

William George, 12, born Cambridge

Violet Louisa, 9, born Cambridge

Nora Alice, 7, born Cambridge

Lenord [sic] Arthur, 6, born Cambridge

Mary Peggy, 3, born Cambridge

Emma Daisy, 1, born Cambridge

(1913) William Unwin, gardener


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