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147 (119) High Street, King’s Head, Cottenham

History of the Kings Head

1715: elegant red brick house built by the Retor, John Dowsing and later owned by the Kimpton family.

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1848:

See Francis Garrett, Cottenham Ablaze:

28.12.1848: fire was detected at a barn at the pub. Despite the fire engine, flames spread to William Norman’s stack-yard, the cottage of Joseph Thulbourn and then Mr Bennett’s house. Mr Chiver’s house, the King’s Head, was also consumed.

There was an inquisition chaired by the Rector at the White Horse. At the March 1849 Assizes, Lydia Skinner (servant to Chivers) said that a Jonathan Nunn had been refused any more beer after getting very tipsy following the Ploughing Match in November. Comments Nunn had made were considered to incriminate him and he was sentenced to Transportation for life.

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1850:

11.11.1850: fire was seen in William Hines barn next to the King’s Head (which had been rebuilt after the 1848 fire.) The fire was thought to be the work of an arsonist. After this event a meeting was held at which it was decided to divide the parish into districts with night-watchmen to spot fires.

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1863: purchased by Benton Peck of the Hopbind and opened as the King’s Head, the former King’s Head across the road at 134 High Street, having closed.

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1869: Benton Peck took licence which had been refused to the tenant Pauley who was in jail for 14 days having stolen 4d worth of mangold wurzel.

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1871: William Moore

William Moore’s widow married Handel Porter.

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1881: Kings Head

Handel Porter, 26, publican and ag.lab., b Cottenham

Susan, 30, b Cottenham

Henry John Moore, stepson, 12, page boy, b Cottenham

Caroline Moore, step daughter, 6, b Cottenham

Frederick Porter, son, 3, b Cottenham

Gertrude A, daughter, 1, b Cottenham

Eliza Towler, 52, monthly nurse, b Cottenham

George Watson, boarder, 32, ag.lab., b Oakington

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1891: King’s Head Tavern

Handel Porter, 36, publican and ag.lab.

Susan

Henry John Moore, ag.lab.

Caroline Moore

Fredrick Porter

Gertrude Alice

Lily, 4,

George Watson, lodger, 47, ag.lab., b Cottenham

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1894: Harry Morgan licensee

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1901:

Harry Morgan, 49, publican, b Suffolk

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1904:

Harry Morgan loses license

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1905:

John Webb

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1911: King’s Head

John Webb, 30, publican, b Northants

William Clarke took over this year

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1925:

Licence refused and pub closed.

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1939:

Alfred Rogers, b 1898, news agent and general dealer (special constable)

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