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28 Gwydir Street

History of 28 Gwydir Street


James Searle, head, tailor, 22, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, wife, 37, tailoress, b Cambs

Emma E, daughter, 16, b Cambridge

L Jane, 8, daughter, b Cambridge

Florence E, daughter, 4, b Cambridge

Arthur H James, son, 4, b Cambridge

Ernest F, son, 1 mos, b Cambridge


William Bement, boot and shoemaker (Kelly’s)


William Carter, head, 29, tailor, b London

Annie, wife, 30, b Cambridge

Cyril, son, 3, b Cambridge

Elizabeth Rickes, lodger, widow, 55, monthly nurse, b Norfolk


Frederick W Shallow, 21, compositor, b Cambridge

May, 23, b Cambridge

William, 7 mos, b Cambridge


Although the work of George P Banyard (1880 – 1948) is now largely forgotten, his work as a Cambridge architect in the 1920s and 1930s is of some note. Banyard came from humble roots. He is recorded in partnership with his father Philip, trading as Banyard and Son builders of 28 Gwydir Street, an enterprise which went into receivership at Cambridge Court in November 1907.

George went on to design a number of cinemas locally; the Spicers Cinema in Sawston is a surviving example with many original features, and I believe he also did work on Wimpole Hall. (Email from R W-R 2022)

See also: 24 Petty Cury, 84-85 East Road and The University Arms Hotel.


Henry Flack, 51 army pensioner caretaker, b Cambridge

Caroline, 40, Northants

Rosamund, 14, apprentice dressmaker, b Suffolk

Cambridge [sic], 13, b Suffolk

Hector, 9, b Suffolk


William Baker, ironmonger’s assistant


W H Baker aged 51 was reported to have died on 9.11.1918


Mary Baker, b 1869

Ada, b 1907, machinist knitting

Beatrice, b 1909, housekeeper

Ellen Keele, b 1867, retired


Ernest Tyler



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