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175 Hills Road

175 Hills Road, Norman Cross

Historical notes on 175 Hills Road

1891:

Frederick Morley, 45, pawnbroker

Eliza

Charles Frederick, 13, born Peterborough

Alice Maud, 10, born Cambridge

Blanche Freeman, 9 born Cambridge

Eliza Scotcher, servant, 24, born Abington

Annie Langley, 18, servant, born Yorks.

1901:

Frederick Morley,55

Eliza, 40

Alice M, 20

Blanche F, 19

Mary Freeman, sister in law, 56, born Peterboro.

Selina Garner, servant, 32, nurse, born Leics.

Rose E Gillett, servant, born Hunts

1911:

Frederick Morley, 66, pawnbroker, born Leics.

Eliza, 60, born Peterborough

Alice Maud, daughter, 30, born Cambridge

Blanche Freeman, daughter, 29, born Cambridge

Mabel Johnson, servant, 17, born Soham

Elizabeth Ellen Ward, servant, 18, cook, born Herts

Frederick Morley, the Cambridge pawnbroker, bought the land for his house Norman Cross in 1890. He bought the land from Benjamin Jolley, described as ‘The Cambridge furniture broker’, for £300. The plot adjoined what was then the proposed road – Rathmore, named after the large house belonging to the Jolleys at 159 Hills Road.

Frederick Morley, sometimes wrongly associated with the Morley of Morley school, was a councillor and bailiff of the Borough of Cambridge. The house is built on a grand scale and matches houses in Park Parade and De Freville Avenue. Gas central heating with two inch thick pipes was installed in 1891. The extensive wood and stained glass is alleged to have come from a derelict church.

The house was bought in 1959 by T D Towers, the electronics expert.

Sources: Cambridge News (Cambridgeshire Collection)

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