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39 Marshall Road, Victoria Cottage

History of 39 Marshall Road


Jane Philpot, 81, living on own means, born Surrey

Martha Sparrow, niece, widow, 51, born Cambs

John F Sparrow, gr nephew, 24, fireman railway, born Hunts

Percy G Sparrow, gr nephew, 17, gardener not domestic, born Cambridge

Edith M Sparrow, gr niece, 12, born Cambridge

Arthur D Bass, gr nephew, 2, born Cherry Hinton


Arthur Parker, 36, motor bus driver Ortona Motor Company, born Staffs.

Emma, 36, (4 children, 1 died), born London

Mary, daughter, 13, born London

John, son, 11, born London

Lydia, daughter, 5, born London

The Ortona Motor Company was founded in 1907 by James Berry Walford with three new Scott-Stirling single deckers and a second hand Maudslay double decker. They were in competition with the street tramways and offer the advantage of being able to travel from the entrance of the railway station to the Post Officce and then over the  Cam to De Freville Avenue. The Ortona buses also brought fixed bus stops; the trams had stopped wherever requested.



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