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Rev Conybeare, far left, and friends in the garden of Stokeslea (MoC377/75)

10 Union Road, Stokeslea, Lensfield Cottage

History of 10 Union Road

1841: (10)

Ebenezer Foster, 30, solicitor

Fregonwill Collier, 25, servant

Jonah Smith, 30, servant

Eliza Denson, 15, servant


Thomas Moris, 32, grocer and draper, b Gt Shelford

Mary, 30, b Essex

Dudley Cooke (female), visitor, b 24, dressmaker, b Essex

1861: Hardware shop

Charles Winterton, 22, hardwareman, b Leics

Sarah Louisa, 22, b Cambridge

Charles George, 11 mos, b Cambridge

Sarah Ann Casbolt, servant, 19, b Cambridge

1898: J W E Conybeare moves to Stokeslea (former Lensfield Cottage). The house had  access from Union Road with large gardens extending to Lensfield Road  and adjoining the rectory garden of the new catholic church which stood at Hyde Park Corner.

For more biographical information see:


John William Edward Conybeare, clergyman Church of England [Conybeare was an Anglican minister who converted to Catholicism and became a leading member of that congregation. In the 1891 census he is Vicar of Barrington living in the vicarage on Foxton Road.]

Frances Ann

Alison Mary, 22, b Barrington

Dorothy Frances

Marianne Glasscock, parlourmaid

Lydia Challis, cook

Ethel Sutton, 17, housemaid, b Barrington

(10a) William J Fordham, 38, toy and confectionary shopkeeper, b Cambridge

Lillian, 26,

Charles, 21, grocers porter,  b Cambridge

Sidney Cole, boarder, 26, dairyman’s porter, b Staffs

Arthur Turner, boarder, 21, travelling drapers porter, b Hants


John William Edward Conybeare, 67, author, b Lancs [Vicar of Barrington who wrote A History of Cambridgeshire that was published in 1897]

Frances Anne, 63, private means, b Westmoreland

Dorothea Frances, 30, private means, b Barrington

Marianne Glascock, 58, parlour maid, b Cambridge

Lydia Challis, 60, cook, b Barrington

Margaret Jane Skinner, 21, housemaid, b Wimpole

(10a) Lillian Fordham, 36, widow, shopkeeper sweets toys papers, b Cambridge


Rev John William Edward Conybeare

(10a) Henry Charles Norris, confectioner and toy dealer


Lilian V Shuckburgh, b 1883


Ethel A Freestone, b 1913, cook



Doris J Archer, b 1927

Joy J King, b 1931

(10a) General Stores

Alice Sadler, b 1871, shopkeeper

Mary Sadler, b 1872, shop keeper

1962: –

Edward Conybeare not only supported Canon Scott in his ministry of the Cambridge Catholic Mission during WWI, but his diaries are an important record f the period in Cambridge. ‘Catholics in Cambridge’ ed Nicholas Rogers, has many excerpts from these diaries. Many soldiers were Catholics, especially those of the Leinster Regiment; on 23rd August 1914 the church had 5 successive masses for over 3,000 soldiers.

1914 August 12th – Our house [Stokeslea] made Red Cross distribution centre so drawing room piled with shirting.

For 19th December 1914 the diary entry records ‘Billeting begun for 17000 troops – first in Cambridge since Civil War.’ The church was set up with recreation rooms for soldiers. Conybeare also seems to have set up pre-arranged bath facilities at his own house, Stokeslea.

For much more detail on Edward Conybeare see ‘Catholics in Cambridge’ ed. Nicholas Rogers chapter 12.


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