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Charlotte Coe, head, 65, greengrocer, born Cherryhinton
Ann, daughter, 32, unmarried, born Cherryhinton
Nellie Reynolds, gr daughter, 3, born Surrey
William C, gr son, 2 mos, born Surrey
George Coe, farmer and market gardener
Annie Coe and her household are listed nearby living in Providence Cottage and probably at the same site is Henry Donner and family.
Annie Coe, 42; Jane Jackson, sister, widow, laundress; Rose, niece, 9; May, niece, 9; Walter William, nephew, 1; Violet Edith English, lodger, 3.
Henry Donner, 39, cow-keeper; Agnes, 37; Henry, 15, cow-keeper; Louisa 9; Alice Violet3.
In 1901 Ann Coe, 51, her widowed sister Jane Jackson, 43, nephew Walter, 17, and Violet English, visitor, 13, are listed as a household next to George Coe,
George Coe, 75, farmer and market gardener, born Cherryhinton
Elizabeth Mary, 66, (married 29 years, 4 children, 1 died), born Cambridge
Jesse, 28, assistant market gardener, born Cherryhinton
Herbert Matthew, 26, assistant market gardener, born Cherryhinton
Lizzie Grace, 22, born Cherryhinton
Much of the land in this area was once the orchards and fields of Lime Tree Farm. For most of 200 years the farm was run by the Coe family. In the 1960s Mrs Elsie Coe ran a grocery shop here while her husband ran a market garden. (CWN) During the Second World War Mrs Coe opened up her shop as a cafe, offering cups of tea to those drivers who arrived at the transport centre opposite. There is a small modern housing development here called Coe Court. On this 1927 map Coe Farm can be seen just to the west of the Cherry Hinton Hall estate.
Elsie Coe in her shop at Lime Tree Farm c.1964 (Mike Petty Fenland History)
A comment on Mike Petty’s Fenland History with this photo notes: Cyril & Elsie were my cousin’s grandparents, I loved them. I always thought Mrs Coe looked like Madame Butterfly and Mr Coe was a very sweet, kind man. I used to go and play in up in the lofts of the old farm barns at the back of the shop with my cousins. I lived a bit further down on Cherry Hinton Road and sometimes I would be sent down the road to get a tin of meatballs from their shop for tea . Originally the Coe family were market gardeners, the Lime Tree Farm site and land across the road, on what was the old Netherhall Lower School playing field, was used for that purpose. The Coe family are on record as being in and around Cherry Hinton for many years.
In 2017 Patricia Harvey, who used to live at 31 Rock Road, recalled the treat of going to Mrs Coe’s shop on a Sunday during the 1940s:
Cherry Hinton Road (East) on 1927 OS map
The UK census shows several members of the Coe family living and working locally in Cherry Hinton Road.
1841 Matthew Coe gardener
1851 Matthew Coe gardener and farmer
1861 Matthew Coe gardener
1861 Frederick Coe farmer and gardener
1871 Mary Coe widow
1881 George Coe market gardener
1881 Charlotte Coe greengrocer
1881 Frederick Coe engine cleaner [probably for the Waterworks steam engine]
1891 Waterworks: William Coe engine driver
1891 Annie Coe
1891 George Coe farmer and market gardener
1901 Anne Coe
1901 Lime Tree Farm George Coe
1911 Lime Tree Farm: George Coe
1913 Lime Tree Farm: George Coe market gardener
(Sources: Cambridge News (Cambridgeshire Collection), UK census)