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Coldhams Common

History of Coldham's Common

R Williamson in ‘The Plague in Cambridge’ (1956) refers to plague huts and pest houses, the earliest of which were put up on Midsummer Common, but by the time of the 1665-6 epidemic they were situated on Coldham’s Common.

The Town of Cambridge petitioned parliament to take in 40 acres of Coldham’s Common on which to erect pest-houses. The Bill did not pass and in 1703 the pest-houses previously erected on the common were taken down and the materials sold.



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