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(110) High Street, Morton’s Alms Houses, Cottenham

History Morton's Charity House

1671: John Moreton set up a charity with 4 trustees from London and 4 from Cottenham, to distribute the income from Liquor Pond field, near Gray’s Inn Lane, Holborn. The Trustees placed poor Cottenham children as apprentices. (See Cottenham in Focus, 2002)

1816: Moreton’s Charity built the Church End Almshouses. Lived in by elderly men and women, most of whom were in receipt of parish relief.

1881: Morton’s Charity House

  1. Eliza Bruff, 65, b Histon
  2. Crisiana Peacock, 58, b Histon
  3. Betsy Burkett, 53, b Cottenham; Eliza Cornell, 13, servant, b Cottenham
  4. Jonas Gautrey, 63, labourer, b Cottenham; Ann, 64, b Histon; William, brother, 78, shepherd, b Cottenham
  5. Elizabeth Graves, 82, b Cottenham; Ellen Coteman, lodger, 72, b Cottenham
  6. Aaron Skinner, 77, labourer, b Longstanton; Jemima, 71, b Whittlesey
  7. Elizabeth Smith, 89, b Whittlesey; Mary Cooper, lodger, 73, b Cottenham
  8. James Lawrence, 72, labourer, b Cottenham; Rebecca, 72, b Cottenham
  9. William Sanderson, 76, b London; Mary, 78, b Landbeach

1891: Alms Houses

Eliza Fowler, widow, 72, b Cottenham

Annie Pearson, boarder, 63, b Cottenham


Eliza Bruff, 72, b Histon

Cristina Peacock, 69, b Impington


John Emerson, 76, 76, former labourer, b Cottenham

Eliza, 70, b Cottenham


Mary Badcock, 83, b Cottenham

Sarah Norman, 76, b Cottenham


Phebe Saintey, 80, b Cottenham

Elizabeth Young, boarder, 65, b Cottenham


John Few, 72, former labourer, b Cottenham

Eliza, 48, b Cottenham

Fred, 10, b Cottenham


Stephen Sanderson, 70, b Cottenham






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