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98 Blinco Grove, Rondebosch (Rondebusch)

The history of 98 Blinco Grove


(Rock Road)

Thomas Naylor, living on own means

Alexandra E

Dorothy A


Thomas Naylor






In June 1905, Thomas L Naylor, cycle make, gave evidence into the coronor’s investigation of the capsizing of the Ditton Ferry at the Plough Inn at which three women had drowned. Thomas saw 15 to 20 passengers on the ferry making it very low in the water.

1911 census

Thomas Lovell Naylor, 45, no occupation, born London

Alexandra, 42, born Milton

Dorothy Alexandra, 22, no occupation, born Cherry Hinton

Nellie Maud, 19, school teacher, born Cherry Hinton

Gladys Irene, 16, born Cherry Hinton

Charles Lovell, 15, born Cherry Hinton

‘Rondebosch’ was built by Thomas Lovell Naylor who was an engineer in South Africa. He brought the name ‘Rondebosch’ back with him together with Wynberg and Rosebank, two houses which he acquired opposite.

The house had an extensive garden as well as stables; they were the only family in the road to own a pony and trap. It also had a croquet lawn where the Naylor sisters taught Raymond Leppard (later a distinguished conductor) and his Trinity College friends how to play croquet.

Sources: Cambridge News (Cambridgeshire Collection)

1936 3/1 (local paper)

An amazing tame jackdaw has made its home with Mt T.L. Naylor of Blinco Grove. It came as an uninvited guest in January last year when it flew into his garden with a cheery ‘Hullo!’ and was promptly adopted, At first the bird’s flood was placed on the scullery window-sill but as other birds used to join in the feast its tray of tit-bits was placed inside the scullery. Now when it feels hungry the bird taps on the window to gain admission to its snack-bar. It is put to bed each night in a tomato-box which is placed in the garage and surrounded with boxes to keep the cats out. 36 01 05a & b


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