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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.

1901 Smithy Fen Jolly Waterman

Fred Badcock, 24, agricultural labourer, b Cottenham

Elizabeth, 26, b Cottenham

Stanley, 2, b Cottenham

Grace, sister, 13, b Cottenham

1903 Fred Badcock


Fred Badcock, 33, farm labourer and publican, b Cottenham

Elizabeth Ann, 36, assisting in business, b Cottenham

Stanley Fred, 12, b Cottenham

Doris Maud, 10 weeks, b Cottenham

1971 renamed Hunter’s Fen Restaurant


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