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Iram Drove, Willingham OS 1901

Priest Lane (Iram Drove, Iram Road), Willingham

History of Iram Drove

In the 1911 census the King/Pridham family are living on Iram Road. They seem to be the only household on this named road. The 1901 OS map shows Iram Drove leading east out of the village. Modern maps name Iram Road but the stretch nearest the village is called Priest Lane. So until proven otherwise, it is assumed that modern Priest Lane is the western end of Iram Road and that in the 1911 census this was given the name Iram Drove. Hence the location of the King/Pridham family house is very approximate at the moment.


John King, 48, farm foreman, b Willingham

Lois Jane King, 48, (no children born), b Willingham

Ernest Edwin Pridham, stepson, 13, assist on farm, b Edmonton Middlesex

C Pridham and E Pridham, Willingham

Ernest Edwin enlisted in the Cambridge Volunteer battalion when he was only 16. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1.7.1916.

His brother, Lance corporal C Pridham was reported missing  May 9th 1915, and by the time of the report of his brother’s death, it was assumed that both boys had been killed.

Their mother was Lois Jane King, formally Pridham.

Pridham,Ernest Edwin. Regiment number 13542, 11th Battalion of the Suffolks.Died 1st July 1916, from Willingham.


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