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The Chequers, Cottenham

The Chequers, Denmark Road, Cottenham

History of the Chequers

1841:

John Christmas, 47, farmer

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1851:

John Christmas, 56, farm of 56 acres innkeeper employing 2 labourers

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1861:

John Christmas, 69, inn keeper farmer of 70 acres employing 2 men 1 boy, b Horningsea

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1871:

Sarah Christmas, 73, innkeeper, b Cottenham

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1878:

See Francis Garrett, Cottenham Ablaze:

8.3.1878: one house and four farms were destroyed on the site of the Chequers Inn, the rear of Mr Gawthrop (butcher) and on the opposite side of Denmark Road.

Buildings of Young Rose (butcher) were destroyed and then, on the other side of Denmark Road, the barn of Jonathan Piggott. The house of James Chapman caught fire and the farm of William Moore was destroyed.

The fire was assumed to have been caused by an arsonist.

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1881:

Edmund Christmas, 49, innkeeper, b Cottenham

Hannah, 38, sister, b Cottenham

Emma Rogers, servant, 15, b Norfolk

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1891:

Norris William Vialls, head, 30, bricklayer and publican, b Cambridge

Bertha, 33, b Cottenham

Arthur, 5, b Cottenham

Percy, 4, b Cottenham

Albert 1, b Cottenham

Frederick John Vialls, lodger, 28, ag.lab., b Cambridge

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1901:

Norris W Vialls, 40, bricklayer

Bertha

Arthur W

Percy

Albert

Aubrey, 9, b Cottenham

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1939:

George H Morgan, b 1917, water company clerk (Cambs Water Co ARP)

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