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48 Gwydir Street

History of 48 Gwydir Street


Thomas Hammond, head, 45, GER engine driver, b Hunts

Janet, wife, 40, b Cambridge

Emma M, daughter, 20, servant, b Herts

Edward W, son, 14, errand boy, b Cambridge

Mary J, daughter, 11, scholar, b Cambridge

Janet H, daughter, 9, scholar, b Suffolk

Annie H, daughter, 7, scholar, b Cambridge

Albert F, son, 10 mos, b Cambridge

Robert H Warboys, 20,  Assistant School Master, b Cambridge

1890 CIP 11.10.1890: Accident to a Cambridge Engine-driver—T. Hammond, an engine-driver, in the employ of the GER Company, living at Gwydir street, Cambridge, fell off a coke stage, at Liverpool-street Station, on Friday last, and injured several of his ribs. Hammond was brought to Cambridge, and at present he is unable to resume his duties.


Thomas Hammond, railway engine driver


Charlie, 4, b Cambridge


Thomas Hammond, 65, railway engine driver, b Huntingdon

Clarence S Dale, son in law, 32, tailor, b Harlton

Janet H Dale, daughter, 29, housekeeper, b Suffolk

Hilda V, granddaughter, 1, b Cambridge


Sidney Melton, 46, carpenter, b Suffolk

Elizabeth, 42, b Waterbeach

Gertrude, 21, shop assistant sweet stores, b Cambridge

Albert, 20, plumber, b Cambridge

Elsie, 15, apprentice dressmaker, b Cambridge

Winifred, 13, b Cambridge

Doris, 8, b Cambridge

Leonard, 3, b Cambridge

Ernest, 11 mos, b Cambridge


Mrs Melton, laundress

Sidney James Melton. carpenter

1914 CIP 8.5.1914: Little Boy’s Sad Death: Result of accident with wooden sword. A pathetic story was unfolded at the inquest conducted by Mr. H. Saunders French on Saturday morning on  the body of Sidney Leonard, the six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Melton, of 48, Gwydir-street. On the of last month, the little fellow was playing in the garden, when he fell, and the point of a wooden sword he was carrying entered his knee. He was medically attended, but tetanus supervened, and death took place on Thursday. Mrs. Melton, the child’s mother, said that on April 17th. just before tea, her boy ran out into the garden, carrying in his hand a small wooden sword. He fell over the covering of a drain and cut his leg. Witness brought him into the house and poulticed the wound, but the treatment did not seem to bring much ease and the boy was delirious all night. She sent for the doctor, who attended the boy from the day after the accident the time of his death.

In answer to a question by a juror, witness stated that the drain projected somewhat above the surface of the ground. Dr. Graham said be was called to the house on April 18th. The boy, he was told, had fallen on the point of a wooden sword, which had entered the knee. He examined the joint, but could find no swelling. The nest day he probed the wound, but felt nothing. On Monday, however, the knee was worse, and the child had a temperature. He decided to have an operation, and drained the joint. He then found a piece of wood about two inches long embedded under the knee-cap. The whole track of the wound was sterilised, and every care was taken. On the 26th April, however, the wound was again swollen, and he had the child given anaesthetic and drained the joint. The child seemed to get better, but on April 28th he noticed a tightening of the muscles of the face. He was given a dose of anti-toxin, and the dose was repeated again the next day, and on the morning of the 30th but the spasms became worse, and the child died about ten minutes to eleven. The cause of death was acute tetanus, following a wound by wooden plaything. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence 

1915 CIP 20.8.1915: Wedding: The wedding took place at St. Barnabas Church, on August 5th, of Lance-Corpl. J R, 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, and Miss G. M. Melton, of 48, Gwydir-street, Cambridge. The bride, who was given away by her brother. Mr. A. S. Melton, was charmingly attired in white with bridal fall of white net. She carried a bouquet of white carnations. The bridesmaids were the Misses Elsie, Winnie and Doris Melton (sisters of  the bride). Pte. E. Wye, 3/1 Cambs. Regiment carried out the duties of best man. The presents were numerous and useful. Previous to the outbreak of war Lance-Corpl. Ilett was employed at the G.P.0., Cambridge. 


William George Shipp, b 1878, printer

Helen [?] Ruse, b 1886, housekeeper

Blanch E Ruse, b 1908, factory food

Hilda B Ruse, b 1914, kitchen maid cafe


Misses Ruse


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