History of Beaconsfield Club, Gwydir Street

The Beaconsfield Club no longer exists.

The Beaconsfield Club was mentioned in the Spalding directory of 1904 and the Spalding directory of 1913.

One directory says "The Beaconsfield Club, Gwydir Street, is a structure of brick, erected in 1884 by a limited liability company, as a working man's club : there are now (1892) 500 members : political meetings are also held here."

In the Kelly directory of 1916, Charles Long is the secretary of the Beaconsfield Club.

Albert Biggs emailed me in 2009. He lived at 29 Gwydir Street, where he was born in 1925

In the early 30's I was a member of The Young Britons (Conservatives) meeting at the Beaconsfield Hall and my father was a member of the Conservative Club also meeting there.

Mary Naylor emailed me in 2010.

My Nana, Florence Thompson, helped run the Young Conservatives at the Beaconsfield club. I have a newspaper cutting from Cambridge Chronicle 28/8/1929, with picture, which describes an outing of 250 ladies from all branches of the Conservatives that left from Park Side in 8 Ortona buses. My Nana, her sister Kate from Kingston St and sister Blanche Ellis a piano teacher from 176 Gwydir St are in one of the pictures.

From Jo Edkins, resident of Gwydir St.

When I first moved to Gwydir Street in 1979, the Beaconsfield Club was no longer used by the Conservative Party. It was a social club. The building was very run down, with windows stuffed with insultation in a vain attempt to reduce the noise. It was unpopular locally. The discos would go on until 3am or later, and everytime anyone opened the dor to leave, you could hear the very loud music. The burglar alarm would go off frequently in the middle of the night, and continue until the police could find the caretaker who lived a long way away. There were occasional fights in the middle of the street, as people leaving met other young people leaving other parties, and the police had to deal with it. Finally in one of these fights, a policeman was assaulted, and they decided to take action. They made representations to the magistrates to get the licence to sell alcohol removed, which was successful. The Beaconsfield Club could no longer continue, and in 1984 it was demolished, and the present Beaconsfield House, with flats in, was built in its place.

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