This information has come from the house deeds and other research.
|19 December 1867||The Rev Richard John Geldart, sold land to Joseph Sturton, a wholesale chemist of Fitzroy Street.|
|10 October 1868||A conveyancerecords the sale to William John Bowyer surveyor, for the sum of £202: "A piece of land on the West side of Gwydir Street with a frontage 96ft and depth 89ft recently purchased of the Rev Richard John Geldart; And a further part adjoining Cambridge Cemetery in depth (N side) 54ft, (S side) 86ft and length (E side) 96 ft, (W side) 102ft."|
|5 December 1876||William Bowyer sold to Charles Wright, Builder, for œ315 a plot in depth (N side) 143 ft, (S side) 175 ft, and in length (on Gwydir St) 116ft, (at the Cemetery) 102ft. This appears to be the grounds of the 6 houses now nos 5-15 - it is slightly longer on its Gwydir St frontage than the plot sold in 1868.|
|11 January 1877||Charles Wright sold to Joseph Turner Bailey, Gentleman for £168 a frontage of 40ft and depth (N side) 143ft, (S side) 156ft, bounded on the North by the property of Bennett, with heriditaments. - i.e. the 3 houses now nos 5, 7 and 9. The houses must have been built shortly before, or possibly after, this sale.|
|It appears from the 1878 street directory that Gwydir Street was originally continuously numbered, so No.7 was briefly called No.4. The present odds-and-evens numbering system was in use by the time of the 1881 census.|
|The houses were let for rent and No.7 had several tenants in its early years.
The following are known to have lived here:
From then on, the house was occupied by one or more of the Dean family right up to 1978.
|26 April 1917||Joseph Bailey died and left a life interest in the properties to his friend Stephen Thompson of the Earl of Beaconsfield Beerhouse, and to pass upon his death to the Governors of Addenbrookes Hospital.|
|1925||Changes in Property Law carried through Parliament meant that the entail to the Governors of Addenbrookes Hospital lapsed, and Stephen Thompson became the owner 'in fee simple' - that is, with no conditions attached.|
|25 February 1948||Stephen Thompson sold No.7 to Arthur Octavius Dean and his sisters Cecilia and Lily, who had previously been renting the property from him. The price was £350.|
|5 September 1978||Cecilia Dean (whose brother and sister had by then died) sold No.7 to present owners for the sum of £10,000.|
This record was made by the present owner of 7 Gwydir St in 1994.
Mary Naylor emailed me in 2013:
My Great Uncle Stephen Thompson did inherit the properties left to him by Joseph Bailey but I have it confirmed by Hilary Ritchie, the Archivist at Addenbrooke’s, that when he sold the properties the money did go to the hospital. At the time of his death Joseph T Bailey owned 46 houses in Gwydir St, Kingston St, Mill Rd, Cavendish Rd and Devonshire Rd. JTB was a bit of a character and although very rich he once took 6 pence from a toff to mind a car outside the London motor show and then went in and bought a brand new car for cash! This is a story my dad told me so have no verification.
See a memory in number 3.
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