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126 Gwydir Street

History of 126 Gwydir Street


George King, head, 61, blacksmith, b Suffolk

Susannah, wife, 56, b Suffolk

Samuel, son, 23, tinman, b Suffolk

Richard, son, 19, whitesmith, b Suffolk

Charles, son, 17, shoemaker, b Suffolk

Joseph Edward, lodger, 27, carter, b Chesterton

Ellen Edward, wife, lodger, 24, b Suffolk


John Marsh, head, 65, painter, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, wife, 58, b Linton

Henry Brown, lodger, 23, printer compositor, b Norwich

Robert Morrison, lodger, 24, electrical engineer, b Scotland

Henry Pilkinton, lodger, 24, electrical engineer, b Kent


Frederick Hayden, 30, printers machine minder, b Thriplow

Emma, 27, b Cambridge

Mary S Bennett, visitor, 41, b Norfolk


Frederick C Smith, 53, laboratory assistant college chemical lab, b Cambridge

Alice Marid [sic] Smith, 49

George Stoke Smith, 17, college servant, b Cambridge

Elizabeth Petit Smith, 18, servant, b Cambridge


Frederick C Smith, college servant

1914 CIP 27.11.1914: Alleged False Pretences: Young Woman’s Visit to Messrs Eaden Lilley’s: A remarkable case of alleged false pretences was opened at the Cambridge Borough Court Wednesday morning, before the Mayor (Mr W. L. Baynes), in the chair, Mr. H. M. Taylor, Mr. J. Taylor, and Mr. W. P. Spalding. Elizabeth Pettitt Smith (22) of 126, Gwydir street, a single woman, of no occupation, was charged with obtaining goods of the value of £3 0s. 5 1/2d., by false pretences, from Messrs. W. Eaden Lilley and Co., Ltd. It was stated in the charge that goods to the value of £1 15s. 5d. were obtained on the 7th of November, and goods worth £1 5s. the 16th of November.

Mr. Oliver Papworth appeared to prosecute for Messrs. W. Eaden Lilley and Co.

Det.-Sergt. Lazarus Marsh said that on the 16th of this month received a report from one of the firm concerned, and he was handed two lists of goods obtained from the shop on the 7th and 16th of November. He also got a description of the person who had obtained them. He made inquiries, and the previous evening, with one of the assistants of the shop, he went to Gwydir-street, and at a house there saw a little girl. Then he went to the house 126, in the same street, where the prisoner resided. He saw her and asked her whether she was at Messrs. Lilley’s shop on tho 16th. She said “I don’t know,”, and then she said “I will ask mother.” They then went into the front room, and he told her she was suspected with regard to the goods on the 16th. These were two pairs of pants, two vests, two hose, and one jersey. He asked her where the things were, and she said “I throwed them away.’ Witness asked where, and she said ‘‘l don’t know exactly.” Witness said she would never do so, but she adhered to her statement, and then witness referred to the goods on the 7th, with regard to which said he suspected her. She said “throwed” them away.

Witness then produced and read his warrant, and she then told him she had sent the pants, the vests and one pair of socks to Felixstowe. A number the others obtained on the 7th she had sent to a place in Bury St. Edmunds. She gave the address. Then she told her mother get the rest of the goods from upstairs in the house from places she indicated. There were a silk scarf, gloves which she said she had been wearing, two pairs of stockings, and another pair she said she had washed, and a piece of blue serge (five yards), which she admitted she had got from the same shop, which was not the charge at present. Witness told her she had obtained the goods for a Mrs. Miller, of Thursley, Chaucer-rood, which lady did not exist, and she said “Yes.” He told her she gave the name of Burton in one case and Gray in the next.

On this evidence a remand was granted until Tuesday next, hail being allowed. 

CIP 4.12.1914: Elizabeth Pettitt Smith was found guilty and bound over for 12 months, herself and her father in sureties of £5 each.


Horace Hancock, railway ticket collector, b 1878



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