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Bassingbourn High Street c.1900 looking west. The Crown is on the left.

The Crown, High Street, Bassingbourn

The Crown, High Street, Bassingbourn

The photograph shows the High looking west, the Crown on the left and Tom Wedd’s house on the right, opposite the smithy. The reverse of the post card says: Tom Wedd’s house on right with shutters and doorstep jutting on pavement, a great hazard on a dark night – no street lights then. [Thanks to SC for correct identification of The Crown, rather than The Hoops]

West end of High Street Bassingbourn – 1901 OS map

1879 David Wedd, butcher & Beer Retailer (Kellys)


David Wedd, butcher & publican, widow, 57, b Kneesworth
Louisa Wedd, daughter, housekeeper, 18, n Bassingbourn
Thomas Wedd, son, butcher, 16, b Bassingbourn

1892 Alfred Wing, beer retailer & baker (Kellys)

1896 Alfred Wing, beer retailer & baker (Kellys)


Alfred Wing, baker & publican, 58, b Meldreth
Harriet Wing, wife, 59, b Herts
Elizabeth M Wing, daughter in law, widow, 37, Great Gransden Huntingdon
Ethel M Wing, grand daughter, 7, b Barton


Alfred Wing, baker & publican, 68, b Hildreth
Harriet Wing
Elizabeth Mary Wing, 47
Elizabeth Mary Wing, grand daughter, school teacher, 17, b Barton

Alfred Wing composed a poem that was printed on the bags in which his bread was wrapped:

Bassingbourn Bread by all ’tis said

Remains the best, for getting fed.

Easy digesting, within your reach;

And Alf Wing’s cart your friends please teach

Delivers these loaves at twopence each.


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