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4 Cavendish Avenue, Fernleigh

History of 4 Cavendish Avenue


George Beall, 65, Chemist and Druggist

Emma Buxton, wife, 47

Sophia Elizabeth, 36

George Edwin Beall, grandson, 7

Jane Hodge, 25, domestic servant cook

Rebecca Ann Hodge, 23, domestic servant housemaid


George Beall, 74, Chemist and Druggist, born Beds.

Emma B, wife 58, born St Ives

Sophia E, daughter 45, born Cambridge

Martha Durrant, housemaid 26, born Norfolk

Gertrude Gillson, cook, 25, born Over


The house was lived in by Alfred Rayney Waller aged 43 born in York, wife Emily Mary age 45 born Birmingham. They had been married for 20 years with no children. There were also Marion Wilson age 29 lady help, and Alice Maud Casey 21, house servant. Alfred’s occupation is Master of Arts Acting Secretary to the Syndics of the University Press Cambridge.

In 1901 the couple were living in Reigate where he describes himself as an author. His writings during his life were extensive and concerned English Literature. He was joint author of the Cambridge History of English Literature, editor of the collected works of William Hazlitt as well as many other books.

In 1911 the original coach house, Fernleigh Cottage, was still part of the property.



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