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7 High Street, Old House, Little Abington

History of the Old House

Listed Building:

House. C16, altered in late C18 with C19 additions to rear. Timber-framed and roughcast rendered. Hipped plain tiled roof with gablets.

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An inscribed stone slab in the grounds is situated near the site where the remains of the Lagden family were reinterred on 25 June 1948 after a bomb had destroyed their original graves near the river.

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In Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore p202f, Enid Porter writes about Jeremiah the Highwayman. He lived in the 18th century, son of Emma Lagden, formerly servant to the bromley family of Horseheath and then proprietress of the White Hart Inn at Bourn Bridge.

Jeremiah was a post boy at the White Hart, possibly in Horseheath, and is said to have enriched himself with stolen money. He then robbed coaches on the Newmarket to London Road.

Later he lived at the Old House where there were reputed to be hiding chambers in the chimney and under the living room. By tradition he was eventually caught on the Newmarket Road and hanged in a field opposite his house.

 

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