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Guildhall, Whittlesford 1903 (photo F J Allen) (Cambridgeshire Collection)

The Guildhall, Whittlesford

History of the Guildhall

Listed building:

Guildhall, converted to several cottages and now one dwelling. Late C15 or early C16, with C19 alterations, restored 1967. Timber-framed with plaster infill; hipped plain tiled roof. Rear chimney stack. Two storeys. Four equal timber-framed bays jettied to south-west and south-east elevations; main entrance in second bay from left hand, and first floor entrance, to rear of first bay.

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Vanishing Cambridgeshire p.186 notes: The Guildhall was for many years the centre of village life. Chimneys were added when it served as a workhouse and the building was later used to house poor people in receipt of a parish allowance. The plaster was removed in 1938 and concrete substituted between the studs.

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Enid Porter writes in Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore p.18:

In 1723 William Westley left a bequest for the foundation of a school at Whittlesford for the education of thirty boys and fifteen girls between the ages of 5  and 14 whose parents earned no more than £20 a year.

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