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4 – 84 New Street

History of 4 - 84 New Street

Demolished by the end of the 20th century.



Alfred Parker, 31, domestic groom, b Cambridge [sic]

Eliza, 30, b Cambridge

Alice Maud, 10, b Cambridge

Walter, 9, b Cambridge

Edith Mary, 4, b Cambridge

On 7 January 1891, Alfred and Eliza’s eldest son Frank Alfred, aged 12, was sentenced to detention at Desford Industrial School for Boys at Ratby, Leicestershire until the age of 16 by the Leicester School Board for ‘Truancy’. His admission form for the school states, “The authority considering that the boy was turning out a persistent truant that home influences owing to the mother is not what it should be in the interest of the boy desire him to be placed under proper discipline and control justices also concerned”. The family’s address was 38 New Street, Cambridge at the time. (Email from NS 2022)

In 1887 the family had been at 65 Russell Street. In 1895 the family was living at 5 Portugal Place when the mother Eliza died.

Walter Parker had joined the Royal Field Artillery by 1903 and had served in South Africa during the Second Boer War. He died 16th May1916 serving with the Trench Mortar Battalion of the Royal Field Artillery and is buried at Bethune. Nick Sheen send us in 2022 a very detailed paper researching Walter’s life and service record for which we are very grateful.

Walter Parker – family & military history

The father Alfred was living at 20 Adam and Eve Row at the time of Frank Alfred’s marriage.  In 1911 he was living at View Cottage, Christ Pieces 80 King Street. In 1921 he was living in London.


(84) Frederick Joseph Taylor, 34, gas works labourer, b Herts

Johanna, 34, b Cambridge

Gertie, 3, b Cambridge

See Mill Road Cemetery entry


Anne Bavister, 66, b Cambridge

Herbert Bavister, 21, fishmonger’s assistant, b Cambridge

see Mill Road Cemetery entry

Herbert became a stoker at the Navy training base, HMS Pembroke, at Chatham. He died in 1917 as a result of a bombing raid on the barracks.


68: Mrs Babister


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