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220 High Street, Cottenham, date unknown (photo E Smith)

220 High Street, Gothic House, Cottenham

History of 20 High Street

Listed building:

Probably c.1700. Some fragments of medieval stone in garden.

According to Cottenham in Focus, 2002, this house was built in the 1730s.


from Francis Garrett, Cottenham Ablaze:

This is believed to have been the site of Vincent Wayman’s house, where now Gothic House, once the home of Mr Franklin, stands today. Vincent Wayman, a Quaker, experienced a fire and a loss of £1,215.

This building escaped the 1850 fire because it was brick and tile.


Bought by the Ivatt family


Significant alterations. The porch was erected, the ground floor lowered and decorative chimneys built. (See Cottenham in Focus, 2002)

1881 Gothic House

Frances Ivatt, 65, b Haddenham

Robert M, 29, farmer miller and maltster of 373 acres employing 24 men 5 boys, b Cottenham

Agnes Mary, daughter, 27, b Cottenham

Mary Anne Sadler, visitor, 42, b London

Lavinia Ivatt, 25, b Cottenham

Henry Robert Hughes, visitor, 19, student of theology, b Haddenham

Elizabeth Barlow, 21, cook, b Madingley

Alice Ward, 19, housemaid, b Coton


Robert M Ivatt, 39, farmer and miller

Alice M, 32, wife, b London

Marguerite A, 3,

Josephine E, 2,

Cathleen F, 2,

Emily Sadler, visitor, 50, b London

Elizabeth J Kendrick, 16, housemaid, b Chatteris


Robert M Ivatt, gardener

Alice M

Marguerite A

Josephone E

Kathleen F, 12, b Cottenham

Eugenie M, 8, b Cottenham


Sold to Fred Chivers for £875


Sold to Philips Franklin



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