W M Palmer writes in 1923 (Camb Chron):
As we enter the village street by Ball’s Lane, a name as old as 1600, and which was formerly closed by a gate, I want you to try and picture Meldreth village street as it was before the time of the enclosure of 1813. It then had a a broad strip of green sward running on each side of the road. The width of the sward is represented by the distance the present houses stand back from the road. The houses built right on to the road are all modern. There were formerly several old cottages standing on a level with the ‘Laurels’ which were burnt down about 50 years ago, when, on a sale day, all the farm buildings were destroyed.
W M Palmer would tell his audiences that at the back of this picture was the chimney of the house where he was born and when he was a boy he would look for hen’s eggs under the storehouse in the picture.
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