Capturing Cambridge
  • search
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Jolly Waterman, OS Map 1887

Jolly Waterman, Twenty Pence Road, Cottenham

History of the Jolly Waterman

1844: John Christmas of the Chequers built this house for his son John who was granted a licence in this year.

1850s: John Christmas left for Great Gransden and James Cundell took over.


See Francis Garrett, Cottenham Ablaze

20.4.1854: in the morning a fire was started in a cottage next to the Jolly Waterman which set the thatch of the stable in the pub on fire.

Buildings belonging to John Christmas were destroyed; John Hewitt’s cottage was partly destroyed and part of Thomas Furbank’s farm as well.

1871: Charles Christmas

1881: William Handley

Josiah Furbank. When Josiah moved out in 1892 the house was selling on average 10 barrels of beer yearly & a large quantity of mineral. It was near the landing place of the Lode.

1893: George Gilbey licensee

1898: house and cottage sold to Robert Brassy Jones, Cambridge brewer.

1903: Fred Badcock

1971: renamed Hunter’s Fen Restaurant


Do you have any information about the people or places in this article? If so, then please let us know using the Contact page or by emailing

Dear Visitor,


Thank you for exploring historical Cambridgeshire! We hope you enjoy your visit.


Did you know that we are a small, independent Museum and that we rely on donations from people like you to survive?


If you love Capturing Cambridge, and you are able to, we’d appreciate your support today.


Every donation makes a world of difference.


Thank you,

The Museum of Cambridge