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149 Gwydir Street

History of 149 Gwydir Street


George Overend, head,  28, agent L & N W Railway, b Yorks

Elizabeth A, wife, 28, b Leics

Florence A, daughter, 2, b Bradford

George W, son, 1, b Bradford

Gertrude M, daughter, 16 days, b Cambridge

Maria King, servant, widow, 68, monthly nurse, b Westley

Lizzie Arber, 15, servant, b Bottisham


William Roughton, head, 52, clothiers traveller, b Northants

Sarah A, wife, 50, b Northants

Julia E Towndron, visitor, 34, mantle cutter, b Northants

Fanny D Abbot, 24, servant, b Cambridge


Alfred Wheaton, 39, carpenter, b Cambridge

Louisa, 40, b Cambridge

Ethel, 11, b Cambridge

Rose Lawrence, boarder, 16, laundry packer, b Cambridge

George Good, 21, college servant, b Cambridge

Charlie Pask, 23, clothier, b Suffolk

Gordon C Diggins, 28, hosier’s assistant, b London

1904 CDN 17.12.1904: AN INGENIOUS DEFENDANT- The Story of a Bicycle Lamp.- At Cambs. Divisional Sessions held at the Shirehall Chesterton this (Saturday) morning Professor Liveing (in the chair) Messrs E Few,  W W Clear, E H Thornhill, W A Macfarlane Grieve, and C J Clay, a Cottenham labourer named William Badcock was summoned for having stolen a bicycle lamp value 10s 6d the property of Charlie Pask at Cottenham on December 9th.

Complainant of 149 Gwydir-street stated that on the night of 9th he was at Cottenham. While in the house of Mr Samuel Gawthorpe he left his bicycle outside. It had upon it a Lucas acetylene lamp. He remained in the house about a quarter of an hour and on coming out found that the lamp gone. On the 12th a constable brought the lamp produced which identified to his house.

Mr George Whitehead, a cycle maker of Cottenham, stated that the lamp produced was brought to his shop by a little girl, sister of the defendant. He detained the lamp and reported the matter to PC Chevill. On the same night the defendant came to witness’s shop and stated that he had bought the lamp at a pawnbrokers shop the previous day. Witness had seen the lamp previously having filled it the complainant when it was new.

PC Chevill of Cottenham stated that when he asked the defendant where he got the lamp which his sister had taken to Mr Whitehead’s shop to be repaired, Badcock alleged that he bought it tho previous day a Cambridge pawnbroker’s shop which he described as “facing Sussex-street.” Witness asked for the bill which the defendant stated had not got. On Monday the 12th witness came to Cambridge and visited various pawnbrokers’ shops and also showed the lamp to Mr Pask. When witness got back to Cottenham he found defendant waiting at his (witness’s) house. Defendant then admitted he did not buy the lamp from a pawnbroker and alleged that he obtained it from a cycle dealer named Storey whose shop is in Bridge-street. Witness told defendant that lamp had been identified as the one which was stolen whereupon Badcock replied “I did not steal it.” From the further of witness it appeared that defendant went to a pawnbroker on the day previous to witness’s visit and tried to induce him to say that lamp was bought at his shop.

Mr Philip Clare, manager for Messrs Morley Co, whose shop is opposite Sussex-street, stated that the lamp produced had never been in possession of the firm.

Mr Reginald Storey the son of the Bridge Street cycle dealer from whom defendant alleged he bought the lamp stated that on Monday the 12th inst defendant came to the shop and asked witness’s father for a receipt for a lamp which defendant alleged he had purchased from the witness. Witness stated that had never sold a lamp defendant and lamp produced had never been in their possession.

Defendant pleaded guilty and to be with summarily.

The Chairman said the magistrates did not wish to send defendant to prison and he would be fined £1 and costs, in all £2 13s.

Defendant for time in which to pay.

The Chairman: How much time do you want.

Defendant : Six months.

The magistrates refused to allow time and subsequently the money was paid.


Emily Jane Reynolds, widow, 61, b London

Florence Hilda, daughter, 25, typist and shorthand writer, b Norfolk


Mrs Williams Reynolds


Joseph Pope


Joseph Ison


Joseph Ison



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