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Church Villas, Cottenham

History of Church Villas


See Francis Garrett, Cottenham Ablaze:

9.5.1891: two cottages were destroyed here. A fire was discovered in the morning on the premises of Gabriel Smith (baker). Two neighbouring thatched cottages occupied by John Maskell (Sen.) and William Wilkin also burnt down. Both tenants had insured their belongings but the landlord, Zenas Spackman, had let the insurance of the buildings lapse.



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