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290 High Street, Cottenham

290 High Street, Lack’s House, Cottenham

History of 290 High Street, Cottenham

Listed building:

House c. 1850

Lack’s House, Cottenham (date unknown) (photo E Smith)

According to ‘Cottenham in Focus’, 2002, this house was built about 1820 and was the first one in Cottenham built from brick and slate.

1872 Charles Lack came to Cottenham. They were agricultural engineers and well sinkers.


Charles Lack, 61, agricultural engineer, b Willingham

Elizabeth, 57, b Milton

Sarah, 22, b Cottenham

Albert, 20, b Cottenham

Alec S, 14, b Cottenham

Pheba Coulson, mother in law, 76, b Histon

1905 Lack’s designed a commercial dishwasher machine. There was also a jelly cutting machine.

1912 limited company formed, employing 32 men by 1932.

1966 business sold to Melford Engineering and closed in 1972.

Lack’s Yard was where Lack’s Close is now


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