History of 29 Gwydir Street

Henry Scott, a hairdresser, lived in 29 Gwydir St in 1904 (see Spalding directory).

Harry Miller, a fruiterer and florist, lived in 29 Gwydir St in 1913 (see Spalding directory). Harry Edward Miller, greengrocer, is listed in the Kelly directory of 1916, and must be the same person.

Albert Biggs emailed me in 2009.

My name is Albert Biggs (Bert to my friends) and I lived at 29 Gwydir Street, where I was born in 1925. My mother Helen (Ella to her friends) and Frederick moved there in 1924 and had a dairy business with 3 milk rounds and 3 shops also in 89, Sturton Street and Fitzroy Street(in what is now the Grafton Centre). My father died in 1952 but the business carried on until 1958. My mother lived there until 1979 when she came to live in Letchworth Garden City with us. Number 27 was home to the Newstead family and the Harrison spinsters lived at no 33, they had a brother who was a hairdresser in Norfolk Street.

More details from Albert Biggs:

In 1942 the government ordered that there should only be two milk suppliers per street and our family firm (Sturton Town Dairies A Biggs and Sons) were allocated Gwydir Street, Sturton Street and surrounding roads and my father Frederick Biggs did Gwydir Street with horse and milk float (photo enclosed) He and the horse started at Norfolk Street end and the horse knew where to stop, including outside the dairy at 29, whilst he had his breakfast. There were few cars parked but the horse would give them a wide berth. The horse my father used was Dinah but the one in the photo was taken in New Street later and was called Polly. I have driven the float in the photo but being 17 then I preferred the 5cwt Fordson van, the brakes and acceleration was better.

Milk float with horse in Cambridge

Albert Biggs also remembered the Alexandra Arms.

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