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5 Luard Road, Dysart/Wivelingham

History of 5 Luard Road

This house was built in 1909.  The architect was Edward Prior and in his book about Prior, author Martin Godfrey Cook writes that ‘this unassuming house for Professor Woodhead is a good example of Prior on a restricted budget.’ He points out features such as the diamond-shaped Prior Glass lights in the gables, Norfolk dormers and round brick pillars to the verandah. The house is now used as study-bedroom accommodation by students of Homerton College. (See link above for photos of house.)


absent – Professor German Sims Woodhead (1855-1921) Professor of Pathology Cambridge University from 1899.


Emma Macgregor, sister-in-law, 60, widow, Victoria British Columbia

Lilian Bentley, servant, 24, cook, Tottenham

Elsie Beamiss, servant 20, housemaid, Cambridge

Annie Harper, servant 38, parlourmaid, Hunts.

Annie Cooke, visitor, 16, general servant, Huntingdon


Professor Woodhead was appointed colonel in the R.A.M.C (T) at the beginning of World War I and was for some time head of a camp in Tipperary. He was then appointed inspector of laboratories in the military hospitals in the UK, a post which involved perpetual travelling and discomfort, an experience which was considered to induce the signs of serious over-work from which of late he suffered. In 1919 he was created K.B.E. in recognition of his valuable war work. (from his obituary in  Nature, 109,5 January 1922)


John E Few MA LLB


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