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68 Hartington Grove, Hazeldene, (site of Hobdays Nursery)

Historical notes on Hobdays nursery

1901: (Hazeldene)

Josiah Riches, 54, carpenter and joiner, born Norfolk

Annie, 53, born Hants

1911:

Alfred Hay Lock Warren, 39, gardener, born Cottenham

Emma Anne, 42, born Cambs.

Alice Elizabeth, 15, assistant confectionery, born Cherry Hinton

Ernest Charley, 13, born Cherry Hinton

Winifred Emma, 4, born Cherry Hinton

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Ernest Charles Warren was a lance corporal with the 10th Essex Regiment. In June 1916 did not attend parade and was confined to barracks for seven days. In September 1917 while on active service he was admonished for not complying with an order. He was discharged 4.6.19 as unfit with a fractured left femur caused by a gun shot and granted a weekly pension of 16s 6d.

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The map below, dated 1927, does not show the three houses, Rosewood, Glenside and Hazeledene (64-68), that were in the 1911 census. Perhaps they had been demolished earlier to make way for expansion of the nursery.

The modern no. 68 in the photo is one of the houses built adjacent or on the site of the former Hobdays Nursery. Hobdays was said to grow the best tomatoes in Cambridge. The nursery moved to this location from Rathmore Road in 1895.

Morley School area 1927

Morley School area 1927

Sources: Cambridge News (Cambridgeshire Collection)

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