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56 Gwydir Street

56 Gwydir Street

History of 56 Gwydir Street

1871 unnumbered

John Gates, 27, bootcloser, b Cambridge

Emma, 25, dressmaker, b Suffolk

Henry Lusher, wife’s brother, 21, b Cambridge


John Gates, head, 37, boot closer, b Cambridge

Emma, wife, 35, dressmaker, b Suffolk

George L, son, 3, b Cambridge


John N Lawrence, head, 50, bricklayer, b Stukeley

Sarah, wife, 48, b Doddington

Thomas, son, 25, painter, b Swaffham

Fovargue, daughter, 23, dressmaker, b Swaffham

Kate, daughter, 21, book folder, b Cambridge

Sidney G, son, 12, scholar, b Cambridge

1894 (CIP 6.4.1894STEALING A MUFFLER. Alfred Dellar, 17. labourer, and Walter Bailey Whitham, 18, labourer, were indicted with stealing a silk muffler, value 4s.. the property of Sidney George Lawrence, at Cambridge, on February 2nd. — Mr. E. Turner, instructed by Mr. A. J. Lyon, prosecuted, and Mr. H. O. S. Ellis appeared for the defence.—Prisoners pleaded not guilty.—Sidney George Lawrence, aged 15, of 56, Gwydir-street. said he was standing on the kerb of the pavement opposite the Beaconsfield Club, with two companions, about five minutes to ten the night of February 2nd. The two prisoners were near him. He was fastening his coat, when his muffler was snatched away. He saw Whitham pass something behind his back to Dellar. They both ran round a cab and went down Norfolk-street. He followed them, and Dellar turned back and threatened to hit him.—Cross-examined : He did not know what passed between the two prisoners. Prisoners denied that they had taken the muffler. The night was dark.—Arthur John Smith 15, of 84, Gwydir-street, said he saw Whitham rolling up something behind him.—Pc Savage said he went in search of Whitham and found him at the Compasses. Before he had said anything, Whitham said. “I’m the one you are looking for.” Witness said. “You seem know something about it.” He replied that Lawrence accused him of stealing a muffler. He took him into custody and searched him, but could not find the muffler—P.c. Perry gave evidence as to the arrest of Dellar. —No witnesses were called for the defence.—Mr. Ellis, in addressing the jury for the defence, said it was serious charge for a very small trifle. He contended that there was no proof that the muffler was taken away, that the prosecutor was mistaken in his identity of those who took the muffler, and thirdly, that if it were taken, it was a joke —The Recorder, in summing up said the question was whether the jury was satisfied with the identity of the prisoners —The jury found the prisoners guilty.—Both prisoners admitted having been previously convicted.—The Recorder sentenced Whitham to two months hard labour. Dellar. he said, seemed have been leading a life of crime : he had already had one term of nine months for stealing a watch, and he would now be sentenced to another such term—nine months’ hard labour.—The prisoner was removed, making an impudent remark, to the effect that the Recorder ought to be shot for sentencing him to nine months for doing nothing


Sarah Lawrence, 60, b Doddington

Louisa F, 30, dressmaker, b Swaffham Bulbeck

Sidney G, 22, printer and compositor, b Chesterton

Percy Batter, boarder, 22, printer and compositor, b Cambridge

Alfred Batter, boarder, 18, tailors apprentice, b Cambridge


Jabey William Doggett, 32, stoker GER, b Oakingotn

Florence Marian, 32, b Chesterton

Leonard Arthur, 4, b Cambridge

Maud Alice Irene, 2, b Cambridge



Horace Buttress, b 1920, plasterers labourer

Violet F T, b 1919, factory food

Sylvia M, b 1922, laundry packer

Mary Wollaston, b 1895, housewife

David Wollaston, b 1934



Horace Buttress


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