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4, Holland House, Upper Gwydir Street

History of 4 Upper Gwydir Street


James Lloyd, head, 50, railway servant, b Duckinfield

Jane, wife, 52, b London

Jane C, daughter, 13, scholar, b Cambridge

Ann C, daughter, 10, scholar, b Cambridge

Thomas C Carter, 19, stepson, booksellers assistant, b Cambridge



John Thomas Quinsee, head, 42, plumber, b Cambridge

Henrietta, wife, 41, b Longstanton

Percy, son, 17, painter, b Cambridge

Vincent, son, 17, clerk, b Cambridge

Sydney, son, 13, watchmakers apprentice, b Cambridge

Bernard, son, 8, scholar, b Cambridge

Cecil, son, 5, scholar, b Cambridge

Lawrence, son, 3, scholar, b Cambridge

Mary Ann Francis, 1, b Cambridge


CIP 26.1.1900: Local Men At The Front …. serving in South Africa: Private P Quinsee, Upper Gwydir Street, “D” Squadron, 9th Lancers, with Lord Methuen’s force.

CDN 20.2.1900: A Boy’s Extensive Robberies: Bernard Quinsee, a lad of 16, living at 4, Upper Gwydir-street, was charged with stealing £6 16s. 9 1/2d., between the 2nd and 16th February, from the Racquets and Five Court Company, Portugal street.

Mr Vinter appeared for the prisoner.

The evidence given at the last hearing by Robert Moore, manager of the Racquet Courts, and Detective White was read over. The Detective further stated that on Saturday, he, in company with Detective Sergeant Marsh, went to the prisoner’s parents’ house, and took possession of the gas engine, the electric battery, a small dynamo, and other articles, which prisoner had previously said he had purchased with money he had stolen.

Mr Vinter: Prisoner showed everything willingly, and made no attempt to disguise anything.

Prisoner was formerly charged and pleaded guilty. Mr Vinter said the lad was paid 6s. a week and had certain perquisites. These perquisites had an evil effect. The parents admitted that they had not looked after him or had the check they should have done, and when they enquired where he got the money from to purchase the articles he said he got it through tips.

In answer to Dr Cooper it was stated that the cost the camera was £4 4s. and the engine £5 5s.

Mr Vinter asked the magistrates to deal with the lad under the First Offenders’ Act, if they could possibly see their way to do so. Quinsee would be sent away to Sheffield where he would be given employment by his uncle.

Mr E. H. Parker, on behalf of the proprietors of the Racquet Courts, asked the magistrates to deal with the lad under the First Offenders’ Act.

Dr. Cooper asked how much money had been stolen. Moore, the manager, said since October last there was deficiency of £45.

Mr Vinter said the prisoner had made a clean breast of it. He admitted having stolen £10 4s. or £10 5s., but strenuously denied that he had a larger amount.

The magistrates having consulted in private, the Mayor said the case was too serious to be dealt with under the First Offenders’ Act, and prisoner would be sentenced to one month’s hard labour. 


John T Quinsee, 53, plumber, b Cambridge

Henrietta,, 53, b Longstanton

Cecil, 15, cycle maker, b Cambridge

Lawrence, 13, b Cambridge

Fanny, 11, b Cambridge

Ann Stanley, 86, widow, mother-in-law, b Yorkshire



Harry Hones, 52, butcher in butchers shop, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 51, b Cambridge

Florrie, 19, day girl (domestic), b Cambridge

Leonard, 14, telegraph messenger for Post Office, b Cambridge

Harold, 12, school, b Cambridge



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