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Notes on the history of Rock Road, Cambridge
This and neighbouring roads were developed by The Rock Freehold Land Society at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. This area of land had been known as Cavendish Park and was marked on the 1886 Ordnance Survey map. At the beginning of the 19th century the land occupied now by Hartington Grove was part of the copyhold land of two different manors, Netherhall and Uphall.
Newspaper adverts circa 1902 for the sale of property in the area carried the slogan:
“If you cannot afford to go to the Seaside, get on the Rock Estate.” So says an eminent Physician.
For a while the city boundary ended at Rock Road.
The Friends of Rock Road Library history of the area can be found here:
Brief history of the area around Rock Road Library
Details of residents who participated in World War One can be found here:
Sources: Cambridge News (Cambridgeshire Collection), UK census, Ancestry UK.