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Cross Keys, High Street Cottenham

Cross Keys, High Street, Cottenham

History of the Cross Keys

See Francis Garrett: History of Cottenham’s Inns and Hostelries

1818, William Ivatt of 333 High Street, left to his nephew, James Ivatt ‘ his clos and premises over the Green.’

1830s: James built a brewery and opened the Cross Keys public house managed by William Bruff.

1848 licence transferred to James Finch whose father kept the Fountain.

1858: John Holmes moved from Waggon and Horse to take over the pub.

1859, James Ivatt died and property inherited by nephew Thomas Ivatt.

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1881: Cross Keys Public House

Emma Holmes, 53, inn keeper, b Hants

William, 28, farmer of 7 acres of land, b Willingham

Lucy, 26, b Middlesex epileptic

Emma, 24, dressmaker, b Cottenham

Edwin, 16, engineers apprentice, b Cottenham

Charles, 16, carpenters apprentice, b Cottenham

December 1881 licence passed to Joseph Peck, a blacksmith at the same location.

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1886:

Following death of Thomas Ivatt, property sold by auction. Described as: old-licensed freehold public house known as the Cross Keys which contains tap room, bar parlour, bar, kitchen, public room, pantry, beer cellar, 5 bedrooms and 2 attics.

Purchasers were J and J E Philips, Royston brewers.

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1891: Cross Keys

Josiah Peck, 44, blacksmith, b Cottenham

Eliza, 44, b Cottenham

Henry, 20, b Cottenham

Frederick, 16, b Cottenham

Alfred Pauley, 27, machinist, b Cottenham

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1900:

James Piper took the licence but lost it the following year after he was found to have sold spirits to two fourteen year old boys.

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1901:

Hyam Pierce took the licence.

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1906:

Walter Ward took the house moving from the Garden Gate

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1914:

Ernest Smith took over after the closure of the Red Lion.

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1917:

Ernest Smith found guilty of serving soldiers from the VAD hospital in the village and lost licence.

George Gander took over.

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1922:

Edward Ellwood licensee

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1936:

Frank Gawthroup licensee

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1945:

Alfred Lampard licensee

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1955:

John Spooner

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1963:

Gertrude Spooner

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1968:

Lionel Pryor

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Pub closed in 1971

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