23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35 & 37 Cheyney Street

These houses were built in 1955 by the South Cambridgeshire Rural District Council on a close of land previously known as Walnut Tree Close, which the Council acquired from Flowers Breweries Ltd in 1954. The close was part of the land that went with The Bell Inn across the road and the Brewery retained the small area at the west end, which was the village bowling green since 1947. The Council did not build on the west end of the land it had bought, to leave means of access to further land they went on to acquire, which in time became Russell Close, Russell End, Jubilee Way and Jubilee End.

Walnut Tree Close was part of the Wimpole Estate owned by the Earl of Hardwicke and at the 1892 Wimpole Estate Auction it was bought, alongside The Bell Inn by P and AH Meyer, brewers of Orwell. Meyers was bought by J and JE Phillips of the Royston Brewery in 1897 and in turn Phillips were bought by J W Green Ltd of Luton in 1949. Green changed their name to Flowers Breweries in 1954. The Bell closed in 1957. More about The Bell

Enclosure Map 1817

Walnut Tree Close as it lay at time of Enclosure and outlined in red. An access lane to land behind is already in place at the east end and this today is the access to the rear of Nos 23 to 37

Tithe Map 1839

Walnut Tree Close is outlined in red and is Plot 91 largely unbuilt on, although there are farm buildings on the west end. Described as owner: Earl of Hardwicke and occupier Abraham Pearmain. Walnut Tree Close pasture 2a 0r 0p. The blue box on the west end is the site of the bowling green and where Nos 21a and 21b Cheyney Street now stand. The small blue box alongside is the old Telephone Exchange.

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Last Updated on July 1, 2022