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Doric Street

History of Doric Street

It was Thomas Musgrave who built  Downing Terrace, facing Lensfield Road in 1819. He had acquired land when the area known as New Town was sold off to a variety of developers circa 1807. Behind it, off Saxon Street, Musgrave also built a series of squalid streets of back to back houses, Gothic Street, Doric Street and Terrace Lane. These were removed as slum clearance in the mid 20th century. (Source: Cambridge City Council 2012 – New Town and Glisson Road Area Conservation Appraisal)

On this 1925 map of Cambridge Doric Street would have been the narrow alley to the east of Gothic Street running south from Saxon Street. Terrace Lane would have been the alley to the east of that.

Robert W. Stevenson, born 1916, son of Robert Stevenson of no. 13, later of 115 Mowbray Road, wrote a poem when he was stationed in Ireland with the RAMC in 1943, called CHILDHOOD, In Doric Street – 1920’s.

The poem depicts a wide range of people, some of whom lived in the street such as Mrs Elgar [no.19] and her much prized ferns,  old Mrs Barker [no.4], and others who visited or had shops nearby.

EAST SIDE

No.1 (1911):

Frederic Burton Haggis, 69, widower, manservant, born Cambridge

Gertrude, 24, daughter, general servant, born Cambridge

(1913): Frederick Haggis, carman

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No.2 (1911):

William Ashberry, 57, gardener Botanic Gardens, born Chesterton

Elizabeth, 49, born Cambridge

Bertram, 20, book sellers assistant, born Cambridge

Ernest, 16, printers apprentice, born Cambridge

Alice, 10, born Cambridge

(1913) William Ashberry, gardener Botanic Gardens

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No.3 (1911)

Alice Clark, 57, widow, club assistant (political club), born Balsham

Lousia Clark, 37, daughter, born Cambridge

(1913) Mrs Alice Clark, charwoman

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No.4 (1911)

Robert Malcolm Barker, 55, fly driver (livery stables), born Great Chesterford

Julia Constance, 52, born Cottenham

Lydia Malcolm, 13, born Scotland

Florence Piddock, step daughter, 15, domestic servant, born Cambridge

(1913) Robert M Barker, cab driver

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No.5 (1911)

Frederick Cracknell, 50, farm labourer, born Horseheath

Louisa, 50, born West Wickham

(1913) Alfred Dowe, labourer

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No. 6 (1911)

Alfred Ernest Tibbs, 27, postman GPO, born Wisbech

Eliza Pheobe, 28, born Cambs

Leonard, 2, born Wisbech

Olibe Annie, 1, born Wisbech

Walter John, 2 mos, born Cambridge

(1913) Mrs Cracknell

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No.7 (1911)

Alfred Benton, 30, coal porter gas works, born Cambridge

Emily, 35, born Luton

Marjory O’Dell, step daughter, 11, born Cambridge

Tom O’Dell, step son, 7, born Stratford

Roy O’Dell. step son, 3, born Cambridge

Olaf Tregenza, nephew, 9, born Hull

(1913) Mrs Jessop

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No.8 (1911)

Henry Wright, 53, house painter, born Cambs

Rhoda, 48, born Berks

Albert Wright, 24, railway porter, born Cambridge

Lilian Wright, 22, housemaid domestic, born Cambridge

Alfred Wright, 19, grocers porter,  born Cambridge

Reginald, 17, houseboy domestic, born Cambridge

Archie, 13, born Cambridge

Ida Wright, 10, born Cambridge

Edward Wright, 9, born Cambridge

Nellie Wright, 7, born Cambridge

(1913) Henry Wright, painter

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No.9 (1911)

Alfred Woolley, 40, hotel cook, born London

Esther Woolley, 42, born London

John Rogery, lodger, 39, coal merchant carman, born Cambridge

(1913) Alfred S Woolley, cook

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No.10 (1911)

Flora Clark, 54, single, corset maker ladies outfitting, born Cambridge

(1913) Miss Florence Clarke

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No.11 (1911)

Martha Hall, 52, widow, born Cambs

Bertha Thrances [?] Hall, 18, dressmaker at shop, born Cambridge

Hilda Margaret Hall, 16, born Cambridge

Alice Gertrude Norman Hall, 14, born Cambridge

William Norman Hall, 12, born Cambridge

(1913) Percy J Chamberlain, lamplighter

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No.12 (1911)

Bertie Jordan, 22, shop assistant, born Gt Shelford

Grace Ethel Jordan, 24, born Essex

Gladys Joyce Jordan, 9 mos, born Cambridge

(1913) Bertie Jordan, shop assistant

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WEST SIDE

No.13 (1911):

William Stevenson, 43, sugar boiler, born Cambridge

Fanny, 45, charwoman, (married 25 years), born Suffolk

Robert, 21, college waiter, born Cambridge

Bert, 19, presser tailor, born Cambridge

Bill, 17, gardener, born Cambridge

Arthur, 13, school, born Cambridge

No. 13 (1913):

William Stevenson

In 1901 the Stevenson family were living at 221 Newmarket Road. According to his son, Robert served in the infantry in WWI but records have been lost.

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No.14 (1911):

Tom Lee, 38, labourer (National Telephone Co.), born Cambridge

Elizabeth, 34, born Cambridge

Lelis, 8, born Cambridge

Elise, 6, born Cambridge

Florence, 4,  born Cambridge

Lillin, 2, born Cambridge

No.14 (1913):

Francis Robert Stevenson, college servant

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No. 15 (1911):

Thomas Marshall, 53, jobbing gardener, born Cambridge observatory

Harriett, 42, born London

Thomas, 3, born Cambridge

William, 2, born Cambridge

(1913) Thomas Marshall, gardener

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No. 16 (1911)

Charles Mansfield, 22, gardener domestic, born Cambridge

Eliza Mansfield, 24,  born London, born London

(1913) Charles Holmes, engineer

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No. 17 (1911)

Eliza Offer, 65, married, charwoman, born Linton

Arthur Cutter Offer, son, 28, jobbing gardener, born Grantchester

Annie Offer, 16, domestic servant, born Newnham Croft

(1913) Mrs Offer

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No. 18 (1911)

Frank Benstead, 24, brewers laborer, born Cambridge

Daisy, 24, born Cambridge

Kate Susan Benstead, 2, born Cambridge

(1913) Bert Scarr, labourer

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No. 19 (1911)

Sarah Jane Elgar, 75, widow, born Cambridge

Lucy Harriett, 35, single, born Cambridge

Reginald Jack, 12, [grand?]son, school part time houseboy,  born Cambridge

(1913) Mrs S J Elgar, needlewoman

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No. 20 (1911)

Frank Smith, 36, farm labourer, born Stapleford

Rebecca, 34, born Cambridge

Jessie, 8, born London

Charles Edward, 4, born Cambridge

Sawen[?], daughter, 15mos, born Cambridge

(1913) Charles Ellis

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No.21 (1911)

William Unwin, 35, under groundsman cricket ground, born Cambridge

Rachel, 31, born Norwich

William George, 12, born Cambridge

Violet Louisa, 9, born Cambridge

Nora Alice, 7, born Cambridge

Lenord [sic] Arthur, 6, born Cambridge

Mary Peggy, 3, born Cambridge

Emma Daisy, 1, born Cambridge

(1913) William Unwin, gardener

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