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102 Gwydir Street

History of 102 Gwydir Street

Additional information about the succession of occupants has been taken from the list found here.

1867 Lot 7 of land off Mill Road sold to Thomas Blewett, engineer

1867-1891 Thomas Blewett builds seven houses which become 102 – 114 Gwydir Street

1881 (rented)

William Henry Ayres, head, 42, railway guard, b Berks

Elizabeth, wife, 45, b Newmarket

William E, son, printer compositor, b Newmarket

Charles H, son, 15, scholar, b Newmarket

Frank, son, 12, scholar, b Newmarket

Blanche, daughter, 9, scholar, b Newmarket

CIP 27.8.1881 p.8: ASSAULT. William Henry Ayres, of Gwydir-street, was summoned for assaulting Edward Heap, chemist, of Gwydir street, the previous Saturday.—Mr. Jarrold appeared for the complainant—Complainant said he had know defendant some time. On Saturday morning about 12.15 witness was in his shop. Defendant went into the shop. Complainant told him that they had a very nice meeting the night before at the Coffee Palace. Defendant commenced swearing immediately, cursing the teetotalers. Complainant said teetotalers were better than drunkards and it would be better for him if he were to join as he was occasionly the worse for drink. Defendant said complainant had never seen him drunk. Witness said he had scores of times. Defendant said witness was a liar. Witness replied “And so are you.” Defendant said “If you say that again I will knock you off the chair.” Complainant repeated his statement and defendant struck him on his ear. Witness called to the a young man who was in the sitting room to go to his assistance. The young man went and in his presence defendant struck witness again. Defendant was not sober.—William Page, bootmaker, deposed to seeing defendant strike the complainant.—The bench fined defendant 1s. and costs.

1891 (rented)

Edward Morrell, head, 50, railway yard foreman, b Essex

Alice, wife, 51, b Great Wilbraham

Edward, son, 29, fitter’s labourer, b Great Wilbraham

George F, son, 25, b New Fletton

Alice E, daughter, 23, dressmaker, b New Fletton

Esther E, daughter, 18, dressmaker, b Cambridge

Maud R, daughter, 7, b Cambridge

1891 Thomas Blewett died and properties were left his daughter Catherine Anne Blewett of Kensington, and the income to his wife Elizabeth who died in 1895.

1893 CIP 22.9.1893: School Attendance. For disobeying Magistrates orders Christopher Morley of 102 Gwydir Street fined 5s.

1894 CIP 19.10.1894: School Attendance. For disobeying Magistrates orders Christopher Morley of 102 Gwydir Street was fined 2s 6d.


Christopher Morley, 62, bricklayer, b Linton

Sarah, 77, tailoress, b Essex

Arthur M, 21, bricklayer, b Cambridge

May E, 19, b Cambridge

1904 (rented) Mrs Brinter

1911 (rented)

William Matthew Butler, 49, GER railway engine driver, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 49, b Herts

Emma Martha, 22, dressmaker, b Cambridge

William George Barham, grandson, 9, b Cambridge

1912 Alfred Cook of 174 Gwydir Street purchased 102 Gwydir Street from Catherine Anne Blewitt for £230.

1913 (rented)

Mrs Clark

1928 Alfred Cook’s widow, Emma, sells 102 Gwydir Street to the tenants, Francis and Florence Gray


Francis Gray, b 1876, clerk haulage

Florence, b 1883

Herbert W, b 1915, tester sc[ience] institute

Ernest Charles, b 1919, hairdresser



Arthur Frederick Hewitt, husband of Dorothy, who had inherited 50 East Road from her former husband, started the purchase of 102 Gwydir Street in his own name alone from Florence Gray using the proceeds of 50 East Road. His wife, when she was contacted by the relevant building society, wasn’t very happy about her husband using her inheritance to put the property in his own name, so it was agreed, after a memorable row,  that they should be joint owners of 102. (Information supplied by the family in2021.)


Arthur Hewitt (Kelly’s)

1978 Arthur Frederick Hewitt dies

1987 Dorothy Priscilla Hewitt dies


102 Gwydir Street sold by executors


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