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Fire, 1898, at the Jolly Millers, Cottenham (Cambs Collection)

73 High Street, Jolly Millers, Cottenham

History of the Jolly Miller

1842:

Whitehead Smith summonsed for serving beer after 10pm. His thatched cottage had opened as a public house in 1840.

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1850s: White Smith jnr, miller of the Lambs Lane mill, became licensee.

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1851:

Whitehead Smith, 58, inn keeper and victualler, b Cottenham

Elizabeth, 59, b Cottenham

Joseph, 27, b Cottenham

Mary, 23, b Cottenham

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1861: Jolly Millers

Whitehead Smith, 41, miller and publican, b Cottenham

Sarah Ann, 38, b Cottenham

Harriet, 17, b Cottenham

Henry, 13, b Cottenham

Emily, 7, b Cottenham

Sarah Ann, 4, b Cottenham

James, 2, b Cottenham

Caroline, 7 mos, b Cottenham

 

Norman’s Yard:

Whitehead Smith, 68, ag.lab., b Cottenham

Elizabeth, 69, b Cottenham

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1871: Jolly Millers

Whitehead Smith, 51, journeyman miller, b Cottenham

Sarah Ann

Henry

Elizabeth

Sarah Ann, 14, b Cottenham

James

Caroline

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1881: Jolly Miller

Whitehead Smith, 61, corn miller and publican, b Cottenham

Sarah Ann, 58, b Cottenham

Henry, 32, miller, b Cottenham

Elizabeth, 30, b Cottenham

James, 22, miller, b Cottenham

Caroline, 20, b Cottenham

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1891: Jolly Miller

Whitehead Smith, 71, miller and publican, b Cottenham

Sarah Ann, 68, b Cottenham

Elizabeth, 40, b Cottenham

James, 32, miller, b Cottenham

John Peirson, 49, gardener, b Cottenham

Whitehead Smith died in 1891 and his son James took over.

The Jolly Millers, 73 High Street Cottenham

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1898:

See Francis Garrett, Cottenham Ablaze:

15.9.1898: two houses on the site of the Jolly Millers and 71 High Street were destroyed together with farm buildings of 69 High Street.

At 3.15 pm a boy of three and a half knocked on the door of Thomas Smith and said ‘Your stack is on fire.’ The little boy had been playing with matches. Thomas Smith’s property, and then that of Mr Graves, burned down.

The fire spread to the back of ten cottages and then the wind changed direction and moved to the yard of the Jolly Miller where a cottage and other buildings were burnt out.

For many years it was the location of meetings of the Cottenham, Willingham and Rampton drainage board.

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1901:

James Smith, publican and gardener

Elizabeth, sister

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1911:

James Smith, 52, publican, b Cottenham

Elizabeth, sister, 60, assisting in business, b Cottenham

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1926:

James Smith retires. It was the last public house in Cottenham in private ownership. Sold to Dales, the Cambridge brewers for £1,200. Edgar Cooper was licensee.

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1930: Thomas Lee Burke

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1931: William August

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1932: George Rose

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1933: Harry Hersey

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1938: Cecil Severn, licensee

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1939:

Jane Lee, b 1853 [resident]

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1951: Albert Green, licensee

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1954: William Musson

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1956: Violet Musson

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1961: Sidney Bishop

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1963: George Anderson

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1967: Fred Ward. House sold to Greene King.

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1981: Terry Bond

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1984: David Parson

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1985: John Marshall

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1986: Robert Mabbitt

 

Information from Francis Garrett, A History of Cottenham’s Inns and Hostelries, 1989

 

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