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120 High Street, Cottenham

120 High Street (66), Pond Farm, Cottenham

History of 120 High Street

Listed building:

Probably late C17.

A group of fifty dissenting families, ‘The Church Congregation Society of the Protestant Dissenters of the Denomination of Independence’, worshipped in a barn behind this farmhouse. A chapel was then built in 1781 on the same site as the modern Baptist Chapel. The first minister, Thomas Baron, was a Baptist, so the Society became part of the Baptist movement.

Pond Farm was also used for meetings of the Ranters, or Primitive Methodists, before their own chapel was built at 138 High Street, c.1860. (see Cottenham in Focus, 2002)


Ann Norman, widow, 76, farm of 30 acres, b Cottenham

John, grandson, 23, farmers bailiff, b Cottenham

Eliza, grandson’s wife, 24, b Cottenham

Sophia, great granddaughter, 6 mos, b Cottenham

William Parnwell, 19, ag.lab., b Elsworth


John Norman, 33, widower, farmer of 35 acres employing 1 labourer

Sophia, 10

Elizabeth Moore, 42, servant


John Norman, 41, farmer 55 acres employing 1 man, b Cottenham


Elizabeth Norman, 52, dairymaid, b Histon


John Norman, farmer of 60 acres employing  men and 1 boy

Sophia, daughter

Elizabeth Moore, dairy maid


John Norman, widower, farmer

Elizabeth Moore, 76, servant, b Histon


John Norman, widower, 73, farmer, b Cottenham

Sophia Papworth, daughter, 50, housekeeper


Sophie Papworth, 61, farmer, b Cottenham

1939 (66)

Frank M Harris, b 1894, grocers assistant

Lilian M, b 1900



Modern (120)


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