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55 Gwydir Street

History of 55 Gwydir Street

1871 unnumbered

James Pamphilon, 26, joiner, b Whittlesford


daughter not registered, 1 mos, b Cambridge

Hannah Carter, visitor, 24, b Cambridge

CCJ 30.12.1871:

Housebreaking and Robbery.—William Harris was charged with breaking into the house of James Pamphilon, Gwydir-street, and stealing therefrom 4 coats, 1 vest, pair of trousers, a pair of gold earrings, two leather lags, and money box and contents, a silk pocket handkerchief, shirt and other articles, on Wednesday afternoon.—Mr. Poland Adcock appeared to prosecute.—Anne Pamphilon, wife of prosecutor said that she left home to go into the town at a quarter before four and returned about half past live. She locked the front door inside and went out at the back door, which she locked outside, and took the key with her. When she returned she noticed that the blind in the front room, which she had left little way up, was drawn down. The back window she found wide open. She unlocked the door and found a large fire under the kitchen grate, where she had left none. She then fetched a neighbour—Mrs. Aggar. She then stirred the fire under the grate, and found that it was an old pair corduroy trousers burning, which did not belong to her husband. The doors generally were all open. Other persons came into the house, and her husband came in about a quarter of an hour afterwards. In the front bedroom every drawer was pulled out, and every box open and emptied. All was safe when she left to go out. In the other bedroom, the drawers and boxes were served in the same manner ; and a box that was locked was forced open and the contents abstracted. She identified all the stolen property as her husband’s and her own.—James Pamphilon. the prosecutor, valued the property altogether at about £8.—Detective Danby said that from information he recieved, he and Pc. Bass went to Mrs Goodwin’s lodging house in Staffordshire street, about 10 o’clock, and in a bedroom they found the prisoner lying on a bed. with alll his clothes on with the exception of his coat. He took the coat, which was lying by his side, and asked if it were his. Prisoner said “Yes.” Witness felt in the pocket and found the earrings which Mrs. Pamphilon identified. He said the  prisoner would be charged with entering the dwelling-house of Mr. Pamphiion, of Gwydir-street, and stealing all the clothes he had on, and also the coat. Prisoner said ” All right ; I bought the earrings of a woman on the road yesterday.” He was then taken into custody, and the landlady gave witness another coat which prisoner had left with her. This prisoner denied. The clothes he had on were a pair of black trousers, velveteen waistcoat, and a shirt, he produced.—P.c. Bass, after apprehending prisoner, from information he received went to the Turnstile public-house, kept by Gates, and received from him the black frock-coat, the cotton pockethandkerchief, and the pair of gloves. The babies cloak, black silk skirt, night dress, and the black bag, he received from Detective Kerbyshire, in the presence of Stranguard, a witness, all of which were identified by Mrs. Pamphilon. He also received a pawn ticket for the silk-spirt, upon which 3s. had been advanced Mrs. Nash, pawnbroker, 19, New-street. Saw the prisoner last night, between seven and eight o’clock, at the Turnstile public house. Prisoner challenged him to chop  for a silk handkerchief. They did so, prisoner getting a basket and twopennyworth of nuts and a scarf off witness’ neck for the handkerchief, which witness handed over to Kirbyshire this morning. Prisoner then asked if would buy any other articles. Witness refused, saying he had money, but if he (the prisoner) was hard up for money, and the things were his own, he might go and pawn them. Prisoner said, “they are my own ; but they won’t take ’em off me.” Witness took the nightdress, baby’s cloak, and silk skirt to Mrs. Nash’s, East road, from whom he received 9s. upon the lot. Mrs. Nash cautioned witness. The bag he purchased of prisoner at the same time for half a gallon of beer, that being all the money be had with him. Elizabeth Goodwin, of Staffordshire Street, said that prisoner came to her house Saturday and lodged with her until last night, to the time he was taken into custody. He went out yesterday afternoon and returned between nine and ten o’clock. When he went out, he gave her a coat to take care off, which she gave over to the police officer, (Danby). Anne Hagger, of Gwydir Street, recognised the prisoner the man who knocked at her sister’s back door (next to the prosecutor’s) yesterday afternoon. She was in the house alone, and being timid, she looked at him through the window, but did not open the door, and saw him go to Mrs. Pamphilon’s, and heard him knock three times there. She saw no more of him.—William Gates, of the Turnstile, East road, said the prisoner came to his house about five o clock, and asked him to buy a coat, which he was wearing, and a cotton handkerchief. Witness brought the coat for ls 6d. and the handkerchief for 3d. Prisoner had on another coat. He gave up the articles to P.O. Bass.—The depositions were then read over, and prisoner committed for trial.


James Pamphilon, head, 38, builder 1 man 2 boys, b Whittlesford

Ann, wife, 37, b Harston

Elizabeth F, daughter, 10, scholar, b Cambridge

Ruth, daughter, 7, scholar, b Cambridge

Minnie V, daughter, 6, scholar, b Cambridge

Ellis, 4, son, scholar, b Cambridge

Walter G, son, 3, b Cambridge

James was in partnership with his brother Ned at 40 Gwydir Street


James J Pamphilon, head, 46, master builder, b Whittlesford

Ann, wife, 45, b Harston

Ruth, daughter, 17, dressmaker, b Cambridge

Minnie, daughter, 16, boot shop assistant, b Cambridge

James E, son, 14, carpenter’s apprentice, b Cambridge

Walter G, son, 13, scholar, b Cambridge

Lily M, daughter, 6, scholar, b Cambridge

1899 Partnership between Pamphilon brothers ended.


James Pamphilon, 56, builder, b Whittlesford

Ann, 57, b Harston

Minnie, 26, assistant at book shop, b Cambridge


Edith Miriam Bidwell, 26, school teacher, b Cambridge

Victoria Louisa, sister, 23, b Cambridge


Harry Huckle, Leys School Laundry  engine driver


Luciono Granata


Mrs A Wood



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