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High Street, Long Stanton

History of houses in High Street, Longstanton

1871:

Henry Abbs, 28, ag. lab., b Long Stanton

 

James Parkinson, 55, shoe maker, b Long Stanton

 

Henry Pratt, 37, ag.lab., Cherry Hinton

 

John Day, 54, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

Susan Thurlborn, 73, b Long Stanton

 

Edward Cross, 77, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

Elizabeth Cross, 77, b Long Stanton

Bet Cross is described in Enid Porter‘s book Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore, p.172:

The following story about Bet Cross, the village witch of the late nineteenth century, was told [to Martin Hooton of Cambridge] shortly after the First World War by a Longstanton woman who, as a young girl, used to run errands for Bet.

They do say as ‘ow she was a witch, but I never saw nothing. She used to come out and say to the carters, ‘It’s no use you beatin’ them ‘orses, because they can’t go on till I let’s ’em.’ And the carters they’d go right round the other way rather than pass ‘er cottage. Then there was that business about young ………… He was walking down the lane by the church one Sunday afternoon, and there he saw Bet Cross ridin’ on a hardle. [hurdle, temporary fencing] I don’t rightly know which way up the hardle was, but there she was, and young ………. he said to her: ‘Ah, Bet Cross. I see ye. I’ll tell on ye. Yer a-riding on a hardle.’ And Bet Cross she give ‘im a queer queer look and she says: ‘Young man.’ she says, ‘you can tell on it when you think on it.’ And the funny thing was that it went right out of ‘is ‘ead, and ‘e never did tell on it till ‘e ‘eard the bell goin’ out for ‘er death, and that wasn’t for years. And when he ‘eard the bell ‘e said: ‘Why, if that isn’t for old Bet Cross that I me ridin’ on a hardle. Funny thing, I never thought to tell on it till now.’

The story apparently gave rise to a proverb in Longstanton: ‘You can tell on it when you think on it, and you know when that’ll be.’

 

Sarah Pettit, 75, b Long Stanton

 

Joseph Day, 32, b Long Stanton

 

Hodson Bell, 50, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

Rament Childs, 41, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

Henry Willson, 34, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

William Pratt, 50, ag,lab., b Long Stanton

 

Richard Crisp, 35, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

Thomas Rust, 80, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

Lucy  Whithead, 60, b Swavesey

 

Richard Crisp, 55, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

John Hawks, 50, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

John Bell, 36, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

Anne Rignell, 49, laundress, b Hardwick

 

James Carlow, 40, sergeant of police, b Middlesex

 

Reason Day, 59, ag.lab., b Fen Drayton

 

James Rogers, 29, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

Elizabeth Bird, 55, shopkeeper, b Cottenham

 

…………

1881:

William Curtis, 66, farm labourer, b Long Stanton

 

Lucy Whithead, 70, b Swavesey

 

Henry Pratt, 47, farm labourer, b Cherry Hinton

 

John Hawkes, 60, carpenter, b Long Stanton

 

John Bell, 44, farm labourer, b Long Stanton

 

Sarah Rignel, 52, laundress, b Hardwick

 

Henry Wilderspin, 36, sergeant of police, b Cambridge

 

William Smith, 63, farm labourer, b Long Stanton

 

John Ram Childs, 51, labourer, b Long Stanton

…………

1891:

In the 1891 census there is a long list of those houses on the High Street south of the Black Bull.

 

John R Childs, 60, farm labourer, b Long Stanton

 

William Day, 45, farm labourer, b Long Stanton

 

Charles Sampson, 47, police sergeant, b Barnes Cambs

 

William Hawkes, 48, platelayer, b Long Stanton

 

John Bell, 52, ag.lab., b Long Stanton

 

Sarah Hawkes, 41, b Long Stanton

 

Jesse Pratt, 30, shepherd, b Long Stanton

 

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