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87 High Street, Cottenham

87 High Street, Sunnyholme, Cottenham

History of 87 High Street

Listed building:

House, late C18 or early C19.

Barn, mid C19. Timber framed, weatherboarded and pantiled. Three bays. Two storeys.


Francis Woods, 41, farmer


See Francis Garrett, Cottenham Ablaze:

23.9.1847 fire started at 8pm in the cow lodge of William Watts opposite Red Lion Inn. Fire spread to adjoining farms of Jonathan Piggott and then James Saintey. Buildings in the yard of Francis Woods were pulled down to arrest the fire.

Cottenham and Willingham fire engines, plus those of insurance companies, put the fire out by 2am. Opinion on the cause of the fire was split between those that thought it had been fire started by a candle and those who thought an arsonist.


Francis Woods, 53, farmer of 140 acres employing 4 men, b Cottenham

Mary, 53, b Cottenham

Francis, 21,  b Cottenham

Mary Dodds, 23, servant, b Willingham

William Allen, 27, farmers servant, b Oakington

Charles Bennett, 16, labourer, b Cottenham


Thomas Rowell, 41, farmer of 10 acres


Emanuel Garrett, 33, farm lab, b Histon


Thomas Benton, 30, farmer of 16 acres


Francis Woods, 31, farm 154 acres employing 5 men 3 boys, b Cottenham


Thomas Rowell, 52, farm of 12 acres,


Thomas Benton, 40, farm 72 acres, employing 2 men and 2 boys


Mary Ann Woods, 30, farming 140 acres employing 5 men and 1 boy, b Haddenham


Thomas Rowell, 60, farmer of 12 acres of land, b Cottenham


Thomas Benton, 50, farmer of 100 acres employing 3 men and 2 boys, b Cottenham


Ephraim Gautrey, 33, agricultural seed and fruit grower 33 acres, b Cottenham


Thomas Rowell, 72, retired farmer, b Cottenham


Thomas Benton, 60, farmer of 100 acres, employing 5 men and 3 boys, b Cottenham


Ephraim Gautrey, 43, seedsman and farmer, b Cottenham


Rebecca Rowell, 74, living on own means, b Cottenham


John Ely, 29, ag.lab., b Cottenham


John Benton, 26, farmer, b Cottenham


Ephraim Gautrey, 53, seed merchant and farmer, b Cottenham


John Rayment, 48, carrier, b Histon


Herbert W Bull, 40, ag.lab., b Cottenham


John Benton, 36, farmer


William Golding, 55, foreman on farm, b Cottenham


John Rayment, 58, gardener fruit grower, b Histon


Fred Bowers, 25, basketmaker, b Cottenham


John Benton, 46, farmer, b Cottenham


Harry Benton, b 1899, farmer


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