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Manor House, Newton

History of Newton Manor House

William Hurrell was a wealthy landowner in Newton. He started an evening class in the Old Vicarage coach house for men in the village. This provided instruction in reading, writing and arithmetic but later expanded to include metalwork.

William’s son Harold was educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. In 1890 he attended an Arts and Crafts School in London. This was probably the Guild and School of Handicraft set up by Charles Robert Ashbee in 1888. A lady named Ann Eliza Nash also trained as a metalworker and was to come and teach in Newton.


William Hurrell, 70, farmer

Elizabeth, 65

Eliza, 25,

William, 25,

Henry, 25,

Charlotte Hardwick, 35, servant

Sarah Seeby, 20, servant

James Fuller, 15, servant


1861 census: Rectory Farm

William Hurrell, 47, landed proprietor, 600 acres employer 34 men 9 boys, b Newton

Charlotte Jane, 34, b Suffolk

William Phillip, 1, b Newton

Sarah Suckling, 31, servant, b Suffolk

Sarah Knights, 41, servant, b Swavesey

Elizabeth Austen, 41, nurse, b Newton

1871 Manor House

William Hurrell, owner of 886 acres occupier of 217 –  25 men and 7 boys

Charlotte Jane

Harold William, 7, b Newton

William Park, 44, coachman, b Southoe

Sarah Suckling, 41, servant, b Suffolk

Sarah Knights, 51, servant, b Swavesey

Mary Ann Stubblefield, 24, servant, b Newton

Ellen Bateson, 27, servant, b Fowlmere

1881 Top Farm

William Hurrell, 68, farmer and landowner 910 acres employing 40 men

Charlotte Jane

William Phillip, 21, college student

William, 23, coachman, b Fulbourn

Sarah Knights, 62, cook, b Swavesey

Susan Bevan, 39, parlour maid, b Cambridge

Henrettia [sic] Lambert, 16, housemaid, b Hauxton

1891 Manor House

William Hurrell, 76, land owner and farmer


Harold W, 26, land owner and farmer, b Newton

Emma Mayle, 29, parlourmaid, b Trumpington

Eliza Yard, cook, 28, b Gt Chesterford

John J Hockliffe, 19, coachman, b Oakington

Ellen Yule, 14, kitchenmaid, b Connington

1901 Manor House

William Hurrell, 87, farmer, b Newton

Harold W, 37, farmer, b Newton

Mary Wilson, 30, cook, b Girton

Bertha L Tadler, 17, domestic helper, b Coton

Ernest Gray, 19, coachman, b Hinxton

In 1901 William P Hurrell is living in  Dallington St James, Northants.


Harold William Hurrell, 47, farmer

Mary Ann Wilson, 40, cook housekeeper, b Girton

Ethel Maud Frost, 22, parlourmaid, b London


Death of Harold W Hurrell

Cambridge Daily News 21.9.1922:

“Deep regret will be felt of the news of the death of Councillor H W Hurrell of Newton Manor. A staunch Conservative, he took a prominent interest in public affairs and was chairman of the County Education Committee since 1922.

“He will always be remembered for the Newton School of Metalwork where boys produce beautiful works of art in copper, brass, silver and pewter which are sent all over the country as well as to America and India. ‘It is one of the finest things the village ever had,’ said a resident.”

More information:

News 7




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