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Marriage of Frances Rose Wedd and William Herbert Kefford in 1912

Spring Lane, Bassingbourn

History of Spring Lane, Bassingbourn

Enumeration of the properties in Spring Lane according to the Electoral Rolls had not happened even by 1966. So identification of the later street numbers with historic properties will require considerable research.

Spring Lane in the 1901 OS map

Spring Lane, unmarked, is the road in the map running south from the High Street.

In the 1901 census the households in Spring Lane are listed as follows, presumably north to south from the High Street:

Walter Wedd, 50, butcher and farmer, b Bassingbourn

Elizabeth, 50, b Beds

Emily A, 27, b Litlington

Frederick C, 23, butcher, b Abington

Florence Dora, 17, school teacher, b Bassingbourn

Mildred, 12, b Bassingbourn

Winifred L, 9, b Bassingbourn

Lilian Keeling, daughter, 25, b Abington

Doris Keeling, grand daughter, 3 weeks, b Bassingbourn

Walter Wedd is living in Spring Lane in 1911. In 1881 and 1891 he is listed in the census as a butcher in the High Street. His wife is Elizabeth née Pack, daughter of Abraham Burr Pack.

Walter’s granddaughter, Doris’s, memories of her grandparents and family can be found in her Memories of My Childhood.

Herbert Kefford, 40, wheelwright, b Bassingbourn

Mary E, 37, b Littlington

William Herbert, 15, b Bassingbourn

[married Frances Rose Wedd in 1912]

Edward S, 13, b Bassingbourn

Minnie, 11, b Bassingbourn

Adelaide, 9, b Bassingbourn

Rebecca Fisher, 68, widow, b Bassingbourn

Mary A Elbourne, 79, living on own means, b Harston

Emmanuel Howes, 62, stockman on farm, b Bassingbourn

Samuel Cornwell, 57, ag.lab., b Bassingbourn

Simeon Bird, 66, stockman on farm, b Bassingbourn

Annie Stone, 30, shirt maker, b Bassingbourn

Fred Sell, 26, horse keeper on farm, b Bassingbourn

Samuel Wilkerson, 50, agricultural engoneer, b Bassingbourn

Esther Figgis, 61, chapel keeper, b London

William Henry Huckle, 45, shoemaker, b Bassingbourn

Jessee Hutchinson, 73, ag.lab., b Litlington

David Howes, 66, fruit buyer, b Bassingbourn

The Yew Tree: Samuel Howes, 56, beer house keeper & fruit dealer, b Kneesworth

Charles Wilmott, 67, market gardener, b Bassingbourn

John Pateman, 58, ag.lab., b Bassingbourn

Asher Racher, 58, ag.lab., b Bassingbourn

William Hutchinson, 36, railway platelayer, b Bassingbourn

David Pateman, 51, ag.lab., b Bassingbourn

1938 Spring Lane

Reginald Percy Fortune

Olive Mary Fortune

Reginald (1913 – 1944) died 31st August 1944. He had married Olive M Huffer in 1937.

1939 Spring Lane

Reginald Percy Fortune, b 1913, general labourer heavy worker

Olive M, b 1913 [In 1950 Olove was living at 1, Heath View.

Florence Jill, b 1939


Memorial: Singapore memorial, Kranji.

Private Reginald Percy Fortune, age 30.

For more information about Pte Reginald Fortune see Sue Chandler’s book: The Fall of Singapore 1942: Four Men from Bassingbourn

The Fall of Singapore 1942: Four Men from Bassingbourn

Chandler, Sue 2021.  bassabooks.   ISBN 978-0-9926477-2-8   £10. 84 pages, A4 sized and with lots of black & white Illustrations. Contact



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