History of Alexandra Arms (22 Gwydir Street)

James Ellwood was publican in the Alexandra Arms in 1879 (see Post Office directory).

Josiah Clark was publican in the Alexandra Arms in 1883 (see Kelly directory).

James Cutmore was publican in the Alexandra Arms in 1892 (see Kelly directory).

Alma Sanders kept the Alexandra Arms circa 1900-1901 (from the 1901 Census). She was born in 1855/56 in Birmingham. She was a widow and lived there with her 5 children.
This record was made by the great great grandson of Alma Sanders in 2004.

P.F.Erden was publican in the Alexandra Arms in 1904 (see Spaldings directory).

Joseph A. Shaw was publican in the Alexandra Arms in 1913 (see Spaldings directory).
Joseph Shaw was born in Brenchley, Kent in 1880 and was a coachman before becoming a publican. He became landlord of the Alexandra Arms circa 1912. Previously, he was the landlord of the 'Blackbirds Inn' in Lavenham, where his oldest son and daughter were born. His wife, Kate May Turner, came from Lavenham. Two more daughters were born in the Alex, Kathleen in 1913 and Molly in 1914. The family then moved to the Crown, where two more daughters were born. The Crown no-longer exists. In about 1930, they left Cambridge for Brighton on the south coast.
This record was made by the grandson of Joseph Shaw in 2004/2005.

George Samuel Johnson was publican in the Alexandra Arms in 1916 (see Kelly directory).

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Graham Norman emailed me in 2005. As a baby / young child Graham Norman lived with his grandparents in the Alexander Arms. This was 1941-1951 approx. His grandparents were tenants of the pub for 34 yrs approx. His name was William John Russell. They then retired to live in Abbey Road.  

His recollection of the area is that there were 2 other pubs in the street i.e Gwydir Arms and Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales on the corner of Norfolk Street and the Alexander Arms were Wells & Winches  of Biggleswade public houses.


 

Albert Biggs who lived at 29 Gwydir Street says "In the mid 30s and 40's the publican was named Mr Russell and his son Gordon was with me in the 23rd (St Matthews) scout troop."


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