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Lordship Manor, Cottenham, 1936 ( photo J H Bullock) (Cambridgeshire Collection)

Lordship Manor, Lambs Lane, Cottenham

History of Lordship Manor

The grandson of Thomas Hobson, the celebrated Cambridge carrier, also called Thomas Hobson, lived in Lordship House, the mansion house of the manor of Lyles which had been purchased by his grandfather in 1625.

In 1669, Thomas Hobson’s widow Katherin married John Pepys of Impington.

1728 Katherin’s granddaughter, Alice Rogers, died and Cottenham estates left to Roger Gale.

Lordship House, drawn by William Stukeley in 1731.

1737 estate sold to Edward Snagg

1770 Thomas Bacchus moves to Lordship House

1801 the Lordship estate sold as plots with access from Lordship Lane. The house, yard and land fronting Lambs Lane bought by Ellis Munsey, a Cottenham builder. He sold the dovehouse to the Baptists of Waterbeach where it was reerected and became the chapel where C H Spurgeon preached. Part of Lordship House was pulled down and several cottages built.

Later the remaining part of the house was divided into three tenements.

Lordship House, 1890s (photo E Smith): Thomas & Rose Saintey, Thomas Bowers & family.

1901 Lordship

Thomas Bowers, 72, ag. lab.,b Histon

Harriet Pierson, daughter, 42, housekeeper, b Cottenham

Alfred Pierson, 46, ag. lab., b Cottenham


Thomas Saintey, 60, school board clerk, b Cambridge

Rosina, sister, 58, housekeeper, b Cambridge


Herbert Scott, 33, basket maker, b Waterbeach

Eliza, 34, b Suffolk

Frederick H, 11, b Waterbeach

Ethel L, 10, b Waterbeach

Amy, 8, b Waterbeach

CIP 8/10/1937: A link with the historic past is being broken with the demolition of the 500 years old Lordship House – Lordship manor as it was called in the days of Samuel Pepys the diarist. It has monastic associations and remains of fishponds can be seen in the vicinity.


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