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The Jolly Anglers, Waterbeach Fen

History of the Jolly Anglers

Jolly Anglers, Waterbeach Fen, fishing competition 1910

The ‘Jolly Anglers’ of Cambridge in 1877 (MoC)

The pleasure boat “The Pattie” was still in use after WWII.


William Gotobed, agricultural laborer & publican, 45, b Fen Ditton

Ann Gotobed, 47, b Swaffham Fen

Joseph Gotobed,  agricultural laborer, 17, b Waterbeach

James Wm Gotobed, 13, b Waterbeach

Charlotte Gotobed, daughter, 10, b Waterbeach

John Hawkins, lodger, agricultural laborer, 24, b Fulbourn


Ann Gotobed, publican, widow, 57, b Swaffham

Sharlotte Gotobed, 20, b Waterbeach

William James Gotobed, 23, b Waterbeach

Horace James Gotobed, grandson, 4, b Waterbeach

Mike Petty wrote in 2021: The Jolly Anglers was a fully licensed house, situated at Waterbeach Fen, about a mile from Upware and three-and-a-half miles from Bottisham Lock. The registered owners were Messrs A. & B. Hall of Ely. The house had been closed for trade since February 10th, 1915. The previous tenant had been there from 1892-1907 but was now doing his duty to the country by making munitions. He went away in February with the hope that he would return. The brewery had, public-spiritedly, not filled the vacancy. It was a house that did a good trade in normal times, being much-used by anglers. But the angling and river traffic was not so much because of the war.



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