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2 Church Street, Berry House, Histon

History of 2 Church Street


James Watson Burkett, 60, market gardener, b Histon

Ann [née Chivers], 59, b Histon

James Watson, 26, market gardener, b Histon

Winifred Sarah, 30, b Histon

Florence Upchurch, 18, b Histon

The following information was provided by SB in 2021:

The second property we know about is ‘Berry House’ now 2 Church Street , Histon. This was lived in by James Watson Burkett and his wife Ann (nee Chivers). They had three children one of whom died from diphtheria during the First World War. The remaining children Winnifred ( Winnie) and James Watson (Jim) continued to live there with their parents. On James Watson Snr’s death, Jim inherited the house and land. His sister Winnie apparently inherited her mother’s money which she lived off for the rest of her long life. Winnie I think was 103 when she died. When ‘Cousin Jim’ died he left the house and land to his neighbours the Wallis’s because they’d looked after him when he was unwell. In true Burkett tradition he had fallen out with all his family . Unfortunately this appears to have continued with some members of the family. We know that the house and land were sold by the Wallis’s. 



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