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331 High Street, Cottenham

331 (227) High Street, Cottenham

History of 331 High Street, Cottenham

Listed building:

House, mid C19. Gault brick with slate roof and ridge stack. Single range plan. Two storeys.


from Francis Garrett, Cottenham Ablaze:

This fire, 11.6.1827, believed to be the work of an arsonist, started on a haystack on the farm of William Ivatt (now the Village College) and spread to the premises of John Taylor, 331 High Street, and on to the building behind 333 to 343 High Street facing the Village Green, and then burned all the houses from 1 Histon Road to the end of the then village near the present Dunstal Field estate entrance. Ten families were made homeless.

The fire was attended by engines from Cottenham and Willingham, and then by insurance companies’ fire engines from Cambridge.


Farm and house of John Taylor destroyed

William Ivatt junior’s farm buildings destroyed but not the house because it was brick built and tiled.

Thomas Ivatt’s farm buildings destroyed but because of a tiled dove house other buildings were saved.

Histon Road: James Low, James Porter – cottages belonging to Maulden’s Charity destroyed

Edward Burkett’s house destroyed; premises of Hobson’s Charity

Joseph Moore’s cottage destroyed

There was one death and one serious injury.


James Ivatt, 45, farmer


William Upchurch, 49, steward, b Cambridge


John Negus, 49, waitman, b Chatteris


James Ivatt, 57, farm 500 acres employing 20 labourers, b Cottenham

1861 approx.

William Upchurch, 59, ag.lab., b Cambridge


James Ivatt, 66, farm 470 acres employing 24 men and 10 boys, b Cottenham

1871 approx.

William Upchurch, 69, farm bailiff, b Cambridge


John Kendle Cooke, 38, farmer of 360 acres employing 11 men and 4 boys

1881 approx.

Thomas Kendle Cooke, 48, farmer of 362 acres employing 8 labourer and 4 boys, b Norfolk

1891 approx.

Charles Golding, 38, ag.lab., b Cottenham


William Coulson,,22, ag.lab., b Dry Drayton


Joseph Cross, 69, foreman of farm, b Somerset


Ephraim Gautrey, 63, farmer and seed merchant, b Cottenham


Horace E Gawtrey, b 1882, farmer and grower of agricultural seeds



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