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100 Sturton Street, Butcher's tray used by T S Sanson (MoC3.62 & 4.62)

100 Sturton Street

Hairdresser, Tobacconist, Butcher


Head of household in 1881 is Alfred John Grint,a 36 year old pork butcher from Wymondham.  He is married to Hannah (nee Helsdon), aged 34, from Suffolk. The couple have one child, Ernest, aged 9.  Ernest was born in Norwich.

1884 Spaldings Directory: does not appear

1887 Spaldings Directory: A. Edward Ward, traveller


Head of household in 1891 is William Wall, a 41 year old hairdresser and tobacconist from Widdington in Essex.  He is married to Harriet Emma, 43 years old, and born in Royston, Hertfordshire.  The couple have a 20 year old daughter named Clara Ann.  She is her father’s assistant hairdresser and was also born in Royston.

The family move to 210 Mill Road where they run a Cycle & Barber’s Shop.

1893 “BANKRUPTCY BUSINESS: Mr O Papworth applied for the discharge of William Henry Futter of 100 Sturton Street, formerly carrying on business as a tobacconist, on Mill Road… Mr Papworth said that the Bankrupt had been ill, which affected his spine, and he had to leave the place where he had a good business.”

1901 Census: Uninhabited

The property becomes a butcher’s shop around this time.  The Cambridge Independent Press for the 9th December 1904 reports:Alleged Shopbreaking at Cambridge – At the Cambridge Borough Police Court on Saturday morning, Elliott Lyon (52) Carpenter, 6 Sleaford Street, was brought up in custody charged with breaking into the shop of Messrs Swan & Sampson, 100 Sturton Street, and stealing 2d and three-quarters of a pound of sausage meat on December 3rd.

George Sampson, butcher, 75 Ainsworth Street, said he carried on business at 100 Sturton Street in the name of Swann & Sampson.  It was a lock-up shop.”

Robert Harvey Swann and his family live at 6 Kingston Street in 1901 and 107 Cherry Hinton Road from 1911.

1913 Spalding’s Directory: Swann & Sansom,  butchers.  This company appears in the Spalding’s Directories up to 1940.

There are various mentions in Newspapers during the 1920s of ‘Messrs. Swann and Sansom’ buying winning cattle at ‘Messrs. A.T. Grain & Sons Annual Show and Sale of Christmas Fat Stock’ or ‘Messrs. Chalk…46th Annual Christmas Sale of Fat Stock.’

The Saffron Walden Weekly News  for the 1st October 1926, lists the contributions made by local companies to the Cambridge and District Workers’ Hospital Fund. Swann and Sansom gave £1 8s 5d.  (Joseph Sturton is listed just above them, his comany gave £6 16s 9d)

“Lad Wanted for Butchers’ Rounds, opportunity to learn trade – Apply Swann and Sansom, 100 Sturton Street, Cambridge” Cambridge Daily News 20 November 1939

“For the Merchant Navy – Collections by Cambridge Butchers.  The Cambridge and Districts Butchers’ Social Committee’s effort to raise funds for the Merchant Navy has so far resulted as follows: Collecting Boxes etc … Swann and Sansom, Sturton Street, £3 3s” Saffron Walden Weekly News 01 September 1944.  Their branch on Cherry Hinton Road raised £4.

Source – 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 Census, Civil Registration Marriage Index (1837-1915), Cambridge Independent Press (21 July 1893) (09 December 1904), Saffron Walden Weekly News (12 December 1924) (01 October 1926) (16 December 1927), (01 September 1944), Cambridge Daily News (20 November 1939), Spalding’s Directory 1884, 1887, 1913, 1939/40, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers (1722-1966),


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