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Ventress Farm

History of Ventress Farm


This census lists three cottages in the vicinity of Cherry Hinton Hall. Daniel Coe and his family live in one of them so it is possible these families inhabited the same properties listed as Ventress Farm in 1911.

Harry W Northrop, head, 31, cattle dealer, born Hunts

Emma, 32, born Lincs

Alfred, 2, born Lincs

Joe Wilson, 19, servant, stockman, born St Ives

Martha Cornell, 17, servant, born Cherryhinton

Daniel Coe, head, 48, farm bailiff, born Cherryhinton

Emma R, 47, born Cherryhinton

Lizzie R., 20, dressmaker, born Cherryhinton

Ada F, 16, born Cherryhinton

Charles Tabor, head, 39, horse keeper, born Cherryhinton

Bertha, 42, born Cottenham

Ethel, 17, laundress, born Cherryhinton


(Ventress Farm)

Daniel Coe, head, 59, farm steward, born Cherry Hinton

Emily, 59,  born Cherry Hinton

Lucy, 30, single, dressmaker, born Cherry Hinton

Obadiah Malting, head, 52, housekeeper, born Suffolk

Caroline, 51, born Suffolk

Harry Joseph, 20, farm labourer, born Suffolk

In the 1960s Ventress Farm was the home of H.D.Ridgeon, managing director of Sindalls Ltd and chairman of Cambridge City Football Club.

The Cherry Hinton Community Archive website records:

The two farms at Cherry Hinton owned by Pamplins were Ventris Farm and Sidney Farm. Ventris Farm stood on the left of Cherry Hinton Road as you left the Robin Hood public house and made your way towards Cambridge, the farmhouse stood on the site that is now a brand new housing complex of flats called Ventress Farm Court.

Ventress Farm Site 1927

Ventress Farm Site 1927

For more information about the Pamplin brothers visit this website:

Before the time of the Pamplins, it is possible to trace the management through the UK census returns.

1851 John Spencer is named as farmer in this vicinity of the Cambridge Road, probably Ventress Farm.

1861 John Spencer is still farmer, living on what is now called the Fulbourn Road.

1871 & 1881 The farmer is a man with the unusual name of Remonington/Renmington {Remmington] Pratt. In 1861 Remmington Pratt was the innkeeper of the Blue Boar in Trinity Street.


Renmington [Remmington] Pratt, widower, 67, farmer (of 1115 acres employs 5 men and 3 boys), born Shelford

Renmington, son, 37, born Cambridge

Ellen L, daughter, 25, born Cambridge

Mary Emmines, servant, 36, born Cambridge

Frederick Dockerill, groom, 17, born Herts.


The property listed as Barton’s Farm of which James Bass, 60, is listed as bailiff may well be the same as Ventress Farm. His family was wife Emma, son William, a book canvasser, daughter Louisa and son Walter, a stationery engine driver.

In 1901 we know that Daniel Coe was the the bailiff at Ventress farm on which property also lived Harry W Northrop cattle dealer.

1911 Daniel Coe is described as steward and the other resident is Obadiah John Malting, horsekeeper.

Sources: UK census, Cherry Hinton Community Archive

Also see the following article on Ventress Farm:


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