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26 Norwich Street, 1970 (MoC309/70)

26 (13) Norwich Street (Norwich Arms)

History of 26 Norwich Street


George Parker (Post Office Directory)

George Parker was born in Findon 22 February 1829. He started working life as an agricultural labourer, although he had changed his occupation to domestic gardener by the time he married Elizabeth Smith at the Parish Church in Arundel in 1885. In the early 1860’s George, Elizabeth and their three children (Alice b:1856, George b:1857, Alfred b:1859) relocated, probably for work reasons, to Cambridge. They had one other child prior to moving to Cambridge – Frederick who was born in 1864, but died of Scarlet Fever after only four days. Their first known residence in Cambridge was in Russell Street in 1865, although by the time of the 1871 census they had moved to 13 Norwich Street in the parish of St Andrew. George’s occupation was recorded on the 1871 census as ‘Gardener & Licensed Victualler’. By this time, George and Elizabeth had three more children (Henry b:1865, William b:1969 and Rose Florence b:1871). Their eighth and final child (Edith May) was born in 1874 while they family were still living in Norwich Street (no.19). (Email from NS 2022)


(13) Norwich Arms

George Parker, 40,  gardener licensed victualler, b Sussex

Elizabeth, 38, b Sussex

George, 13, railway clerk, b Gloucs

Alfred, 12, b Middlesex

Henry, 6, b Cambridge

Willie, 2, b Cambridge

John Grace, head, 50, railway engine driver, b Cheshire

Mary Grace, 48, b Lancs

John Edward Grace, 12, b Yorks

The Parker family had moved to 19 Norwich Street by 1874.


John Westley (Kelly’s)


Mrs M A Roorze (Post Office Directory)



George Hearn, 30, blacksmith, b Hants

Martha A Hearn, 27, b Cambs

William H Hearn, 2, b Berks

Edith E Hearn, 4 mos, b Cambs

Henry Jackson, lodger, 32, joiner, b Durham

Jane Jackson, lodger, 36, b Longford

Mary A Roome, lodger, 63, bar housekeeper, b Middlesex

Henry Sexton, lodger, 54, fly proprietor, b Suffolk

Caroline Sexton, lodger, 58, b Middlesex


(13) Norwich Arms

Henry Sexton, 37, fly driver, b Suffolk

Henry Sexton ran a fly business from the railway station into town. At the start of WWI the horses were requisitioned and the Sexton family were forced to move to London for work. (Email JS 2022).

Sarah C, 35, b Essex

Henry, 15, stable lad, b London

Sarah C, 13, b London

George, 10, b Essex

Alfred, 8, b London

Pamela Rose, 6, b London

Alice M, 4, b London

Laura L, 2, b London

Frederick W, 4 mos, b Cambridge

Frederick W Sexton is on the St Paul’s Roll of Honour. He served with the Royal Fusiliers in WWI and the Russian Civil War; he was killed in northern Russia on 9th September 1919. He is also commemorated on the Archangel Memorial.

A C G Buckoke, 26, waiter, b London



William D James, 39, publican. b London

Matilda, 39, b Ely

Lizzie, 12, b Cambridge

William J, 4, b Cambridge

Ethel Mellard, servant, 14, b Balsham


Arthur William Webb, 32, publican, b Cambridge

Hannah, sister in law, 39, married, laundress, b Cambridge

Arthur Lawrence,son, 16, errand boy grocers, b Cambridge

Alice Day, servant, 20, domestic, b Cambridge


Andrew McCulloch, television service

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