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1 - 3 The Green Histon

1 & 3 The Green, Grape Vine Villa, Histon

History of 1 & 3 The Green

Listed Building:

Pair of cottages, early C17. Timber framed and plastered with long straw thatch, part weather boarded gable.

James Burkett was born in 1822 in Histon. He married Ana Bushell. They had three children, Edward James (1848-1928), James Watson (1850-1921) and Lizetta Annie (1852-1943).

In 1881 James Burkett (b 1822)  was a farmer of 70 acres at Green Hill, Histon,  employing 2 men and a boy. His father was James Burkett (1795-1845) born in Cottenham and by 1841 a farmer in Histon. He had married Ann Chivers (1791-1859) in 1815 in Cottenham. (source – family tree on

In 2021 SB wrote that:

Grape Vine Villa, the home of James Burkett (my great great grandfather) and where the original Baptist Chapel was built ‘in the garden’ is now 3 High Street Histon. It sits on the left had side of the green as you look at it from the main road. James Burkett gave land in his garden to enable the building of the first Baptist Chapel.

Grape Vine Villa passed to Edward James Burkett’s sister Lizetta and the Edward’s family moved out in approx. 1901 to Arbury Road and the house there.

Lizetta (Lyzetta) had been abandoned by her husband. She continued living here with her daughters Daisy (Billy) and Helen but then moved to Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex.



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