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[14] Station Road, Swavesey

History of cottages between 12 and 16 Station Road

Until the 1913 fire there seem to have been several addresses in this stretch of Station Road.

1901: unnumbered

Elizabeth Peppercorn, widow, 65, b Caldecote

Mary G, granddaughter, 4, b London


Elizabeth Wimpress, 73, widow, private means, b Hunts

Elizabeth Wimpress, daughter, 37, b London


Horace Frederick Wells, 31, coal merchant, b Swavesey

Lucretia, 30, b Carlton

Mary Edith, 5, b Swavesey

Margaret Lucretia, 3, b Swavesey

Elizabeth Rebecca, 1, b Swavesey

John Wells, 1 month, b Swavesey


Rebecca Thorp, 35, b Swavesey

Ellen Thorp Day, visitor, 35, dressmaker, b London


Two old thatched cottages tenanted by Miss Rebecca Thorp and Cllr. H. Wells, caught almost simultaneously, and were hopelessly ablaze in a few moments. The next house to be devoured was an old thatched house purchased last autumn by the Misses Frere on account of its picturesque appearance. Its very age and picturesqueness was its undoing, and it burnt like tinder. A substantial brick house, occupied Mrs. Wimpress, although immediately adjoining the blazing cottage, escaped, its walls being scarcely warm.


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