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119 High Street, Cottenham

119 (101) High Street, Pepys House, Cottenham

History of 119 High Street

119-121 High Street, Cottenham


Pepys School built to replace school established before 1596 near the church. The fist school was destroyed in 1617 when the steeple fell on it and was rebuilt with an endowment by Katherine Pepys in 1697. Katherin had left money for a school to educate 21 poor charity boys. (See Cottenham in Focus, 2002).

When the new school was built about 70 boys could be accommodated; free education was limited to 26, the other 44 were fee paying. As it was the rector and church-wardens who decided which children could attend, Dissenters in the village set up their own school in Margett Street, which later became the Board School.


John Male, 70, farmer

Thomas , 45, farmer

Elizabeth, 40

James, 12

William, 9

Eliza, 7

Mary, 5

John, 3

Harriett, 5mos

Ann Wolk, 20, servant

John Burkett, 10, servant


First Cottenham Post office opened here when Mr Thomas Haird was master at the school.


James Male, 21, farmer of 140 acres employing 6 men, b Cottenham

William, 18, brother


Martha Male, 29, owner of land, b Cottenham


Charles Ward, 46, farmer of 45 acres employing 1 man, b Cottenham


Pepys School closed


William Vials, 51, police constable, b Dry Drayton


Bowers Jacklin, 40, police constable, b Kingston


George J Sanderson, 56, gardener, b London


Phebe Leader, 66, fruit grower, b Cottenham

Annie, 36, b Cottenham

Edith Mary, 25, assistant teacher, b Cottenham

1939 (101)

Annie Leader, b 1874, fruit grower

Edith, b 1885, certified assistant school mistress

Modern (119)


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