KELLY’s Directory of Huntingdonshire 1903

FENSTANTON, Cambridgeshire, bounded on the north by the river Ouse, and on the road from Huntingdon to Cambridge, 2 miles south from St. Ives station on the Great Eastern railway, and 6 south-east from Huntingdon, in the Northern division of the county, hundred of Toseland, petty sessional division of Hurstingstone, union of St. Ives, county court district of Huntingdon, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Huntingdon and diocese of Ely.

The church of SS. Peter and Paul is a building of stone, in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave with clerestory, aisles, south porch and a western tower with lofty spire containing 5 bells : the chancel is a very fine specimen of Decorated work : the east window is a memorial to the Rev. Stanley Walton M.A. late vicar, who died in May, 1875 : and there are other memorial windows to Miss Cowling, d. 1884, and Mrs. Haylock Watson : the church will seat 375 persons. The register dates from about 1612. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £170, including 96 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Master and Fellows of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and held since 1890 by the Rev. George Herbert Frewer M,A. of St. John’s College, Oxford.

The Congregational Chapel is a building of stone, in the Early English style, erected in 1875, and there is also a Calvinistic Baptist chapel. A cemetery of 1 acre has been presented to the parish by Thomas Coote esq. J.P. and is under the control of the Parish Council; there is no mortuary chapel. The town estate of 94 acres now ^1903) produces £80 yearly, which is for the general uses of the parish. There is a stock club, established for the purpose of defraying losses in cattle through disease &c.

The Fenstanton Literary Institute, established in 1856, and rebuilt in 1880, by Thomas Coote esq. J.P. comprises good reading rooms, with a library of 200 volumes, and now (1903) has 60 members; the drainage board, the local cricket club, and various societies hold their meetings here. The Fenstanton and District Conservative Club, founded in 1895, and now (1903) numbering 50 members, has premises containing billiard and reading rooms. The principal landowners are Thomas Coote esq. D.L., J.P. and. Wright Ingle esq. The manorial rights were transferred about 1889. The various soils are a gravelly loam, clay and fenny loam. The chief crops are wheat, barley &c.

The area is 2,567 acres of land and 17 of water ; assessable value, £4,268 ; the population in 1901 was 863.

Parish Clerk and Sexton, William Saint.
Post, M.O. & T.O., T.M.O., E.D., P.P., S.B. & A. & I. O.Mrs. Hannah Swaine, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from St. Ives at 6.30 & 10.30 a.m. j dispatched at 11.30. am. & 7.30 p.m. No delivery on Sunday
Wall Letter Box near the ” Black Bull,” cleared at 8, 10.50, & 11.40 a.m. & 3.15, 4.45 & 7.40 p.m. week days only. Wall Letter Box, ” Queen’s Head,” cleared 10.45 a.m. & 7.20 p.m. week days only

School (mixed & infants), built for 180 children; average attendance, 128 ; & supported in part by Ellis’s endowment, consisting of 9 acres of Meadow land, producing £14 yearly ; George Hicks, master

Police constable, Walter Dighton

Carriers.—Charles Jacob & George Holmes, to St. Ives, daily

Behagg Alfred, Hall green
Blaydes Mrs. High street
Bunting George
Coote Howard D.L., J.P. The Rookery
Coote Thomas D.L., J.P. Oaklands
Crouch Mrs
Davison Mrs. The Laurels
Dawson Mrs. Stanley house
Freeman Rev- Frederick William [Cong.], The Manse
Frewer Rev. George Herbert M.A. Vicarage
Fuller George, 5 Bridge terrace
Geeson Lambert, The Willows, London rd
Gilford Thomas, Sandringham house
Grainger Robert D. 11 Bridge terrace
Graves James
Griffiths Mrs. Beckville house
Hewlins Richard, London road
Johnson John, Laleham
Kefford Mrs. Petersfield
Kidman Mrs. James
Mason John B. Bridge terrace
Moss Mrs. Manor house
Noble Thomas, 4 Bridge terrace
Odams Elliott Robert, London road
Papworth Mrs. Zaccheus
Semple Edward M.D. Grove house
Thompson William, 2 Bridge terrace
Wright James, Bridge terrace
Wright Mrs. Bridge terrace

Allen Arthur, builder, contractor & undertaker, High street
Armes Herbert, butcher
ArmonJohn, farmer & market gardener
Barnett John, poultry dealer
Basford Frederick, beer retailer
Bond William, shoemaker
Burgess George, farmer & market gardener, The Gables
Burgess Thomas, assistant overseer
Camps William, George P.H
Carter Benj. & Edwin, horse dealers
Cemetery (Thomas Burgess, clerk ; Wm. Saint, sexton)
Chambers Robert, saddler & harness ma
Chandler William, farmer
Cole Henry John, tailor. Bridge terrace
Dawson Stephen, pig dealer
Day Sarah (Mrs.), saddler & harness ma
Elliston Frank Geo. mineral water mnfctr
Emerson William, boot maker
Emerson William T. beer retailer
Fenstanton & District Conservative Club (Francis Campion, hon. sec. & treas)
Fenstanton Drainage Board (George Hicks, sec)
Fenstanton Literary Institute (James Sanson, hon. sec)
Fenstanton Stock Club (Wm. Martin, sec)
Geeson Lambert, deputy registrar of births, deaths & marriages, St. Ives sub-district, London road
Gifford Thomas & Son, bakers, Sandringham house
Harrison Alfred, grocer
Hewson John M. Rose & Crown P.H. & shopkeeper
Hodge Thomas, baker
Holly John, farmer
Holmes George, beer retailer & carrier
Holmes Thomas, baker
Hunt Alfred, baker
Jeeves Frank Allen, farmer, Manor farm
Johnson George, shoeing & general smith & agricultural implement dealer & repairer
Joyce William, beer retailer
Land William, The Crown & Pipes P.H.
High street Lander George, blacksmith
Langford Charles, machinist
Maile Wm. carpenter, 10 Bridge terrace
Makeham Maud & Mary (Misses), grocers
Martin William, butcher & grocer
Morton George Thos, farmer, Grove farm
Munns Wm. (Mrs.), horse dealer & farmer
O’Connor John, Black Bull P.H. London rd
Powney John, painter & glazier
Pumfrey Alfred, grocer &, draper
Quemby Henry, market gardener
Richards Edward Alfred, wheelwright
Roberts William, beer retailer
Royston Charles, Queen’s Head P.H
Saint William, wheeiwright
St. Ives Gas Works (Francis W. Torpey,. general manager), London road
Sharrow Thomas, baker
Sizeland James, tailor, 3 Bridge terrace-
Swain William, jobbing gardener
Thurley Thomas, Chequers P.H
Tillson William, beer retailer
Turpin Emily (Mrs.), dress maker
Turpin James Edwin, insurance agent
Watts Charles A. miller (wind)
Westbrook Ernest L. commercial traveller