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Part of Fordham, 1886 OS map
6 Carter Street, Poet’s Cottage, Fordham
History of 6 Carter Street
Listed Building: [Location is just to left of ‘K’ in King’s Head on the 1886 map]
Cottage early C18. Clunch, painted and plastered with red pantile roofs and tall, local brick stack.
In 1851 the Withers family were living on Feast Green, Fordham. he and his wife Sarah are described as shoemakers.
In 1861 the Withers family are living on the High Street Fordham. He is described as ‘poet’.
1871: Carter Street
James R Withers, 58, poet cordwainer
James Reynolds Withers, 68, poet, b Weston Colville
Sarah, 73, b Snailwell
Enid Porter writes in Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore that James R Withers moved to Fordham in 1840 and began to write verses that attracted the attention of Mrs R Dillamore Fyson of Fordham who organised their publication.