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135 High Street, Cottenham

135 (111) High Street, Three Horse Shoes, Cottenham

History of 135 High Street

Listed building

House formerly Three Horseshoes P.H., late C17 with assembly room extension of c.1873. Timber framed, roughcast rendered on brick plinth with steeply pitched tiled roof and ridge stack, rebuilt in C19 on site of original. Three bay lobby entry plan with service range at the rear.

Coach-house and stables. Stone dated 1873 and with three horseshoes to gable end. Gault brick with tiled roofs. Three bay open sided cart and coach-house with stabling and hay lofts to right hand. Included for group value.

See Francis Garrett, Cottenham’s Inn and Hostelries

This was built probably after the fire of 1676; one of the earliest of the licensed houses in Cottenham.

1755 John Bartingale

1776 Elizabeth Bartingale

1779 Moore family

For most of the 19th century the house belonged to the Ivatts of Gothic House. They built the large brick and slated malting of 12 Quarter Steep in 1835 at the rear where malting was carried on until 1894.

Calf sales were held at the Three Horseshoes until about 1870. The drovers had large pots of ale and in order that the calves didn’t knock the pots over the custom of ‘ugging’ arose. The pot was hugged to the body in the crook of the arm.


James Moore, 42, publican

Elizabeth, 35

John, 15

Elizabeth, 9

William, 3


Elizabeth Moore, 45, farmer and innkeeper employing one labourer

1861 Three Horseshoes Inn

Elizabeth Moore, 54, farm 40 acres employing 1 labourer, b Cottenham

1871 Three Horse Shoes

Elizabeth Moore, 63, victualler, b Cottenham


Joshua Baker

1881 Three Horse Shoes

William Moore, 34, farmer and publican 37 acres, b Cottenham

1891 Three Horseshoes

William Moore, 44, farmer and publican, b Cottenham


F Moon


Sold by auction to Norwich brewers Bullard and Son for £545.


John Sanderson


Three Horseshoes, Cottenham 1900 (photo E Smith)


Frederick Smith, 40, publican, b Chatteris

Emily, 36, b Cambridge

Fredric, 15, b Chatteris

Wilfred, 9, b Chatteris

Charles, 8, b Herts

Emma Robinson, 19, servant, b Bassingbourne


John Sanderson, 58, market gardener and publican, b Cottenham

Various groups held their meetings in the large rooms, including the Manchester Unity Friendly Society. This offered insurance benefits for sickness, old age, and death. The loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds met here until c.1926; the Loyal Princess Alexandra Lodge met every month.


Herbert White


Reg Palmer – came from the Hopbind

1939 (111) Three Horse Shoes

Reginald V Palmer, b 1900, licensed publican

1967 closed and sold

Modern: (135)



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