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Cottage nr Red Lion, Grantchester

History of Cottage, High Street

Location approximate

Grantchester OS 1885. The Red Lion is the P.H. closer to the top. The other pub is the Green Man.

In the 1891 census Charlotte Carter was living ‘nr Red Lion’. She had returned to Grantchester by 1861, possibly after the death of her husband Matthew Ralph Carter, although she continued to describe herself as married after she returned to live with her mother. It could be that the cottage, described in 1891, is the same as Charlotte and Susan were living in in 1861. It may therefore be possible that this was the Hockley family home at the beginning of the 19th century.

1803 25th July, Grantchester, Thomas Hockley married Susannah Collis (bapt Grantchester 14/10/1781)

Susannah was born in Grantchester abt 1783. Her parents were John Collis and Hannah Watts. John Collis was born in Cambridge c. 1755 and Hannah Watts in Cherry Hinton c.1760.

1812 Grantchester, Ephraim Hockley baptised 26/7/1812

1814 Grantchester, Mary Ann Hockley bapt. 13/11/1814

1817 Grantchester, Charlotte Hockley bapt. 20/7/1818


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 16.3.1832: Ephraim Hockley was charged with having feloniously broken open and entered a cellar in the occupation of Page Gregory Howard of Grantchester on the night of 19th December and with stealing therefrom a wooden bottle and a quantity of ale the property of the said P G Howard. The substance of the evidence was that on Mr Howard coming downstairs on the morning of the robbery there was a very strong smell of beer and on going down into the cellar he found the beer running out, and perceived that a pane of glass had been removed; the prosecutor obtained a warrant and searched the prisoner’s premises; he found a stone bottle and a wooden bottle; the stone bottle held about two gallons, and the wood one about one gallon, both of which were found in the stable in which the prisoner kept his donkey and cart. Several witnesses proved that the prisoner had asked them to drink on the morning after the robbery and that he took them to the stable and that he gave them some ale out of the bottles, and afterwards told them separately that he had taken the beer from Mr Howard’s cellar. After hearing the evidence the Jury returned a verdict of Guilty when the Judge ordered sentence of Death to be recorded.

Page Gregory Howard is recorded as being a farmer and a juror in Grantchester in 1847. In 1851 he occupies Wright’s Farm in Grantchester, aged 67, a landed proprietor born in Grantchester..

Grantchester, 23/4/1832, Mary Ann Hockley married Edward Thompson. This was the same Mary Thompson as married John Leader in 1835. Mary Ann and Edward Thompson had one child, Charlotte, born 12/5/1833. Edward Thompson died 21/5/1834  aged 24.

1833 Ephraim Hockley was convicted in 1832 and transported in 1833 on Andromeda II. This is evidenced by a Ticket of Leave dated 21st July 1841.

Ephraim Hockley, ticket of leave, 1841

1840 Grantchester, 16/1/1840, Charlotte married Matthew Ralph Carter

1841 Grantchester

Charlotte Thompson is living with her grandmother Susan Hockley.

In 1851 Charlotte Thompson is living on the Cambridge Road, Trumpington.

1842 5 March, Ephraim Hockley married Isabella Lawson at Hunters Hill, New South Wales

Details of the descendants of Ephraim and Isabella can be found here:

1861 Grantchester

Susan Hockley, widow, 79, pauper, b Grantchester

Charlotte Carter, married, 43, dressmaker, b Grantchester

1871 ?? Yard, Grantchester

Charlotte Carter, married 52, dressmaker, b Grantchester

1881 Cottage, Grantchester

Charlotte Carter, married 61, dressmaker

1891 nr Red Lion, Grantchester

Charlotte Carter, married, 70, dressmaker

1901 High Street, Grantchester

Charlotte Carter, 83, living on own means




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