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134 High Street, Cottenham

134 High Street (76), George IV, The King’s Head, Milford House, Cottenham

History of King's Head Public House

See Francis Garrett, Cottenham’s Inns and Hostelries

1822 James Chivers granted a liquor licence at a house known as George IV.

1831 House known as the King’s Head

1837 John Lee

1847 Charles Chivers, son of James

1848 destroyed by fire in December


Charles Chivers, 25, inn-keeper & farmer 18 acres employing 1 labourer, b Cottenham

In 1851there was a fight between members of rival brewing families.


Charles Chivers died. His sister Esther and husband George Graves took over the licence.

1860 closed as a public house


James Graves, 42, farmer of 52 acres employing 4 men 2 boys

1871 Milford House

James Graves, 52, farmer of 92 acres employing 5 men and 2 boys

1881 Milford House

James Graves, 63, retired miller, b Cottenham

Selina, 29, b Cottenham

Elliott W Graves, grandson, 9, b Cottenham

Harriett Grange, 16 servant, b Cottenham


George Bicheno, 37, farmer


George Bicheno, 47, farmer and gardener

1911 Milford House

George Bicheno, 57, farmer and gardener, b Cottenham

1939 (76)

Ethel A Bicheno, b 1889

William J, b 1890, fruit grower

Maria Reynolds, b 1911

Rosa Stephenson, b 1914


Nicolette Stephenson, b 1936


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