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Kefford family sowing oats 14/4/1909

10 Causeway (East End), Lilac Cottage, Bassingbourn

History of Lilac Cottage

Listed Building:

Small Cottage. C18. Timber-framed and plastered and painted brick.

Bassingbourn OS 1903, site of Hoops pub and smithy

In 1881 Owen is living with his parents. His father, William Kefford, 51, is a blacksmith at East End. At the moment it is unclear whether his father is operating out of the same premises as Owen did later. In 1881 there was another blacksmith in the village on the High Street, John Pepper. He is probably the blacksmith shown on the 1885 OS map at the western end of the High Street.

1891 High Street

Owen Kefford, 28, blacksmith

Martha, 24

Eva, 3

Gertrude Theodosia B, 7 mos

[Gertrude B Kefford b & d 1889]

1901 High Street

Owen Kefford, 38, blacksmith

Martha, 35

Eva, 13, b Bassingbourn

Gertrude, 10

Lewis Owen, 8

Joyce Tryphosa, 6

Bennett Ernest, 2

[Lancelot Orlando Kefford b 1896 d 1900.]

[Marion Victoria Margaret Kefford b 1901 d 1902]

The photo shows the Keffords sowing oats at Brookfields on 14th Aoril 1909. Lewis Owen Kefford b 1892 holds White Frost. Uncle Ben (Bennet Ernest b 1898) with reins, and Uncle Elias (Elias Kestor Kefford b 1869). It took three men and a team of three horses to do the sowing. Note also the boots and gaiters. (photo and notes from R Kefford in 2021)

1911 East End

Owen Kefford, 48, blacksmith, b Bassingbourn

Martha,44, b Bassingbourn

Gertrude, 20, blacksmith, b Bassingbourn

Lewis, 18, b Bassingbourn

Bennett, 12, b Bassingbourn

Margaret, 7, b Bassingbourn

Charles, 5, b Bassingbourn

Ernest Bass, 24, sorter tracer Post Office, b Hornsey

Margaret Alice Wilson née Kefford emigrated to Australia in 1931 following her sister Olive. Her address at the time of emigration was Lilac Cottage Bassingbourn.

1913 East End

Owen Kefford

1939 East End

Ernest O Kefford, b 1862, blacksmith and wheelwright

Bennett E, b 1899, blacksmith and wheelwright (First Aid Party worker)

Ivy M, b 1909


Ernest O Kefford


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