Petty crime

Not a cook in sight in Petty Cury, Cambridge. Pepys would be disappointed.

The Petty Cury. The derivation of the name of this street, so well known to all Cambridge men, is a matter of much dispute among antiquaries. (See “Notes and Queries.”) The most probable meaning of it is the Parva Cokeria, or little cury, where the cooks of the town lived.