Burgess Road (Back Lane, Fen End) Waterbeach
History of Fe End
The 1901 OS map shows Back Lane running east from Waterbeach. The road ends short of the railway line and here the name Fen End appears.
1861: Census: The houses in Fen End are numbered from The Wesleyan Chapel and nos 2 & 1, to no. 63, The Hopbine PH.
William Wye, 60, ag lab., b Waterbeach
Hannah, 57, b Waterbeach
Jane, 34, b Waterbeach
George, 18, ag.lab., b Waterbeach
Alfred, 8, grandson, b Waterbeach
Paula Wye emailed in 2022 with this note:
Alfred Wye left for Australia around 1882ish, and went to New Zealand. I think my Dad, Gordon Wye, provided the museum with a copy of his diary from his trip. There he reunited with Ann Denson, who at some time left for New Zealand as well. Her family frowned on their relationship – Alfred was raised by his grandparents. They were eventually married in New Zealand, then settled at Badgerys Creek near Sydney.
1911: Census: Fen End
George Day, 52, farm labourer, b Waterbeach
Agnes, 51, b Waterbeach
Walter, 30, farm labourer, b Waterbeach
Victor, 24, farm labourer, b Waterbeach
Jack, 17, farm labourer, b Waterbeach
Doris, 15, b Waterbeach
Clifford, 12, b Waterbeach
Macneal, 9, b Waterbeach
Both Jack and Walter died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Jack was promoted to sergeant before the battle and his body was found when clearing the battlefield during 1919. Clifford was killed on 13th August 1918.
Day, Brothers Jack Uriah. Sergeant,Regiment number 13652 and Walter Regiment number 20502 . Both enlisted in the 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Died 1st July 1916. From Waterbeach