Cambridge 2000: Gwydir Street: David Parr House, 186

Description: Gwydir Street: David Parr House, 186
Date built: 1876
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Date photograph taken: 31 Mar 2017 (Alternative map: Google map)

On the outside the house is nothing special, and indeed looks like a typical terrace house in the area. However, on the inside the house is an amazing snapshot of Arts and Crafts decoration.

David Parr bought the house in 1886. He worked for F R Leach & Sons, an important Arts and Crafts decorating company based in Cambridge. In his spare time he decorated the house in a similar style to what he would have carried out at work, decorating a church or college dining hall.

David died in 1927 and then his granddaughter, Elsie Palmer, aged 12, moved in to look after her grandmother Mary Jane, David's wife. Elsie lived in the house until 2012, and during that time few changes were made to the interior.

A charitable organisation bought the house in 2013 with the aim of preserving the Parr interior.

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