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1936, Blue Book

70 (64) Hartington Grove, Rosewood, Forum House

History of 70 Hartington Grove

Hartington Grove east on 1901 OS map

Hartington Grove east on 1925 OS map



Margaret Harding, 57, laundress

Sarah E, 31

Agnes M, 30

Margaret M, 26

Harry A, 23, printer compositor, born Cambridge

Albert E, 21, carpenter, born Cambridge

Arthur E, 19, bookbinder’s apprentice, born Cambridge

Bertie M, 16, clothier’s apprentice, born Cambridge

Walter J, 14, ironmonger’s apprentice, born Cambridge

Sarah Peach, 46, born Hunts

Frederic G Harding, 8, born Norwich

Jessie Neasmith, servant, 21, laundry maid, born Cambridge

Emily M Nightingale, servant, 18, laundry maid, born Trumpington

Maud E Jarvis, servant, 19, general servant, born Cambridge

Cambridge Daily News 7/7/1903 has an advert:


A valuable Modern Freehold Laundry containing wash-house, drying and ironing rooms together with drying ground and recently erected dwelling house adjoining, known as “Rosewood” situate as above and containing 12 rooms, the whole having a frontage of 60 feet and a depth of 180 feet (more or less) to be sold at auction


(Rosewood Hartington Grove)

Margaret Harding, head, 46, laundry, born Hunts.

Sarah Elizabeth Cave, married, daughter, 41, assisting in business, born Cambridge

Agnes Mary Harding, 40, assisting in business, born Cambridge

Margaret Maud Harding, 36, assisting in business, born Cambridge

Bertie Moore Harding, 26, clothier’s assistant dealer, born Cambridge

Frederick George Harding, 18, grandson, hairdresser’s assistant, born Norwich

Sarah Peach, head’s sister, 56, assisting in business, born Hunts

Hilda Emily Philips, 17, general servant, born Cambridge

In 1929 Clarence Dowell was running the Varsity Brush Company at no.64.

In 1932 at 62-64 The Forum Cleaners and Dyers opened for business.

1932 13/2 (local newspaper)

An ‘automatic laundry’ has been opened in Hartington Grove Cambridge. Dignitaries inspected the Forum Cleaning and Dyeing Company machines where several garments were cleaned and dried before their eyes in less than ten minutes. After cleaning clothes pass to a dusting wheel where they are tumbled and dried in a current of cold air before passing the eagle eye of a ‘spotter’ to the pressing room so that obstinate stains can be removed


Forum Cleaners and Dyers Ltd

1939 26/5 (local newspaper)

Fire at Works. — The packing room of the Forum Cleaning Works, Hartington Grove, Cambridge, was destroyed by fire on Wednesday. Damage was also done to the office and articles of clothing. The fire started in a machine in one of the cleaning rooms. This was put out with the aid of a fire extinguisher. The clothing was then put in one of the tanks and was run through a press room. When some of the staff reached the door, however, the handles of the tank burst, and the whole lot went up in flames. The outbreak occurred soon after one o’clock. At the time, the night staff was on duty, and the works manager called the Borough Fire Brigade. It is understood that there was some danger at one time of the fire spreading to a 500-gallon tank of white spirit.


Forum Cleaners and Dyers

Harry Parrish




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