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by Bassano, vintage print, 17 July 1939

1 Luard Road, Wexcombe

History of 1 Luard Road


Robert Stewart Whipple 39, scientific instrument maker, born Surrey

Helen Whipple, 29, born Glasgow

Elizabeth Martha Whipple, mother, 65, born Battersea

Lucy Ella Spencer, mother’s help, 22, born Notts

Ida May Spencer, visitor, 17, born Notts

Selina Wells, maidservant, 20, born Fordham

Ruth Mini Whipple, daughter, 5, born Chesterton

George Allan Whipple, son, 3, born Duxford

Robert Stewart Whipple was a businessman in the British scientific instrument trade, collector of science books and scientific instruments and an author on their history. He amassed a unique collection of antique scientific instruments which he later donated to found the Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge in 1944. He became managing director and then chairman of the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company.

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Arthur D Billett b. 1894, was a corporal with the Essex Yeomanry & Corps of Dragoons. He married in 1916 Emma Dorothy Baynes, aged 23, nursemaid at Wexcombe.


John Hammond, MA

Sir John Hammond KCBE, MA, DSC, FRS (1889-1964 was a physiologist, agricultural research scientist, and veterinarian known for his pioneering work in artificial insemination. he was educated at Downing College and was for most of his life a fellow of that college. His book The Artifical Insemination of Cattle (1947) was the first comprehensive book on AI published in England. He ended his life see by many as the father of modern animal physiology. His two sons, John and Christopher, followed him in his work. See:




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