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15th century house demolished in 1962 (photo E Smith)

Cottenham Village College

History of the Village College site

A 15th century house was one of the buildings demolished in 1962 to build the Village College. It had survived the fires of 1827 and 1847 and had been coverted into two cottages.

At the beginning of the C19th it was the home of Richard Bacchus, and was later owned by James Ivatt, William Peed and then Ephraim Gautrey.

On the right of these cottages was the home of James Ivatt, considered the wealthiest man in Cottenham when he died in 1870. He owned 600 acres of land, ten houses, and £16,000 in cash. His toal wealth was over £100,000. The money passed via his only daughter, Mrs Sumpter of Histon in 1877, to her solicitor, Wiiliam Peed, In the 1890s his son installed the first bathroom in Cottenham.

In 1899 Ephraim Gautrey purchased the two buildings with 18 acres as well as another 300 acres for £8,200.


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

Ann, 51, b Rampton

Sarah E, 24, b Cottenham

Agnes, 22, b Cottenham

Walter J, 21, b Cottenham

Horace E, 19, b Cottenham

Mr Gautry’s daughter, Mrs Elizabeth Haird, sold just the houses and their 18 acres for £7,000 in 1956 for the Village College.

The pond at the front of the college was at the rear of the larger house and is still known as ‘Gautrey’s Pond.’


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