51 Hartington Grove
51 Hartington Grove (Sussex House)
Historical notes on 51 Hartington Grove
1900 January: Newspaper report on letter sent by Charles Piper to the Chesterton Rural District council about the condition of Rock Road. “Rock-road was not only dangerous being well nigh impassable, but also in a highly unsanitary condition. The main drain between Hartington Grove and Blinco Grove was blocked with foul silt which was consequently forcing its way upwards and standing in great pools on the road. The district, with its “infernal roads, make-shift drains, and cesspools system”, was going from bad to worse.”
Charles H Piper, 48, brewer’s general merchant, born Sussex
Lucy, 48, born London
Albert H, 16, music student, born London
Marguerite L, 11, born Cambridge
David J, 9, born Cherry Hinton
Edith F Smith, general servant, 19, born Essex
Albert Edward King, 48, solicitor, born Longstanton
Minnie, 42, born Huddersfield
Edith Mary, 19, born Cambridge
Bernard Ellis, 18, law student, born Cambridge
Edward George, 16, born Cambridge
Geoffrey Cole, 12, born Cambridge
Ruth Marion, 5, born Cambridge
Mabel Ellis, sister in law, 31, born Hunts.
Florence Calter, servant, 31, cook, born Gt Abington
Miss Harding was living at the house of E A King when she volunteered for the Red Cross 1915-1916 at Huntley VAD hospital as linenkeeper.
According to the 1982 Cambridge Weekly News article on Hartington Grove, one owner of this house once kept peacocks in the garden. The house was built in 1893 on a grand scale with a coach house in the garden.
Another past owner was Angelica de St-Prix who worked with Prince Peter of Denmark on a book on “polyarchy.”
Sources: Cambridge News (Cambridgeshire Collection)