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52 Gwydir Street

History of 52 Gwydir Street

1871 unnumbered

Herbert Spillman, 50, cook, b Cambridge

Eliza, 52, laundress, b Cambridge

John, 27, bootmaker, b Cambridge

Herbert W, 19,  college tailor, b Cambridge

Henry D, 17, college servant, b Cambridge

Walter, 9, b Cambridge

Emma Dean, lodger, 22, dressmaker, b Fulbourn


Eliza Spilman, head, widow, 62, laundress, b Cambridge

Henry, son, 27, labourer, b Cambridge

Walter, son, 19, labourer, b Cambridge

Herbert Edwards, grandson, 7, b Cambridge

Henry Spilman was a witness at the theft from the Black Lion in 1882.


Herbert W Spilman, head, 39, college servant, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, wife, 35, laundress, b Northampton

Alice, daughter, 11, scholar, b Cambridge

Herbert W, son, 10, scholar, b Cambridge

Ernest, son, 9, scholar, b Cambridge

CIP 26.2.1892: A TRAP SMASH. In this case Abraham Smith, baker, of Kingston street, sued Herbert Spillman and his wife, college laundresses, of Gwydir-street, for damage done to trap hired by them—Mrs. Smith said the defendant and his wife hired a horse and four-wheeler to drive to Wilbraham for 6s 6d., on the 23rd of August. That was about three p.m., and the next she heard of it was at twelve o’clock, when the woman said they had had a smash, and she gave a written promise to pay. Witness went off at once to Cherryhinton, and found the ironwork of the cart was broken to pieces. It was repaired by Mr. Pollard for £4, and that was what they sued for. The traces were also damaged to the extent of 6s. 6d. The contention was that the defendants were drunk and careless. George Shanks, carpenter and wheelwright, landlord of the Robin Hood, stated that about a quarter to ten the trap was driven to his door by the defendant, who was accompanied by two others. They had nothing to drink, and they drove on in about a minute, and immediately afterwards witness heard noise and some calling out. He ran to the spot, and found the trap broken in three pieces, and the defendant lying in the road. He then sent for a constable. No other trap was there. The next morning he traced the track of the wheels, and found that they had driven the two off-wheels into a high path, and the other two into a ditch. That would break the trap. There was plenty of room on the road.—P.c. Maskell deposed to being called to the spot. There was a full moon, but it was rather dull from the clouds. Defendant had a fracture on his head, and Miss Basham was crying, saying that her arm was broken. Thev were both taken to the Hospital. Witnesss thought defendant was drunk, and the doctor said too. Defendant smelt of drink and he reported him at the Station, but he was not summoned, as he was at the Hospital,— Defendant said the horse bolted, and was thrown out, but he did not know anything else.— Mrs. Spillman said the horse bolted, and the wheels came in contact with the path. Her husband was sober. They had some beer at Fulbourn. —His Honor said he was of the opinion that the defendants had driven negligently, gave judgment for the plaintiff, with costs, the judgment being limited as far as the wife was concerned to her separate estate. 

1893 CIP 10.11.1893: School Cases: Herbert William Spillman was fined as to two children, 2s 6d and 1s 6d, for disobeying magistrates orders.


Frederick C Smith, 44, laboratory assistant college, b Cambridge

Alice M, 40, laundress, b Cambridge

Charles, 18, laboratory assistant college, b Cambridge

Amelia, 16, b Cambridge

Percy, 15, laboratory assistant college, b Cambridge

Frederick, 13, b Cambridge

Kate, 12, b Cambridge

Ross, 11, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 10, b Cambridge

George, 9, b Cambridge

Albert, 8, b Cambridge

Ellen, 5, b Cambridge

Ethel , 4, b Cambridge


Charles Finbow started his business with three horses, two vans, a hansom cab and small landau. (CWN 8.4.1982)


Charles Finbow, 56, master man furniture remover, b Suffolk

Esther, 55, b London

Emma, 19, b Essex

Arthur, 17, carman for father, b Essex

George Bullen, boarder, 16, collector waste paper merchant, b Devon

Alfred Varnham, boarder, 56, coal agent, b London

Robert Walter Somers, 61, retired chemist, b Berks

Louise Mabel Somers, 58, b London


William Finbow, coal and coke merchants and furniture remover

1916 CDN 22.12.1916: Borough Tribunal: William Robert Finbow (37) married four children 52 Gwydir Street taxi cab proprietor, furniture removed and general carter applied on his own behalf. He has four brothers in the Army, two of whom before joining assisted him in the business. Exemption was given until 1st March conditional on no further application without leave.



(rear of) Miller and Sons, radio dealers


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