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An Arbury Story of Farming Folk - Part 3

Back to the Cambridge Weekly News, 1987, to discover more of the story of an ordinary Arbury farming family from the 1880s to the 1920s. The 20th Century has begun, and Richard and Amelia Brett are concerned for their children in a rapidly changing world. The old order changes tremendously at the Manor Farm, as it is sold to Cambridgeshire County Council.

But nobody can predict just how much the world is going to change, and 1918 finds the Brett family mourning a son lost in the trenches...

The wedding of Louisa Brett to Walter Ashman on 12 September, 1908 (see Part 2), was a grand occasion. In 1986, their daughter, Mrs Muriel Wiles, told me: 'They looked as if they owned the Earth in the photograph! But they didn't. Grandad was a very hard worker and kept the family in as much comfort as he could.'

This week's instalment. Click on the image for a readable view and download if wanted to keep.

Cambridge Daily News, 1919: memoriam notice for Alfred Brett.

Sales particulars for Manor Farm, 1909. The 'family residence' described on this page, the Manor Farmhouse (often referred to locally as 'the manor house'), was then occupied by the Pepper family, tenant farmers of the Benson family of Chesterton Hall. 

More details: the 'lodge cottages' stood in what is now the middle of Campkin Road, at the Arbury Road junction. The fields were all named. 'Arbury' and 'Arbury Field' fronted Arbury Road to the north, and became part of the site of the North Arbury Estate. The fields north of Arbury Road were called the Arbury/Harborough Meadows before Manor Farm. 'Harborough' was a variation on the Arbury name.

The Manor Farm Cottages in the 1930s and the same view in 1981, showing Campkin Road corner, Arbury Town Park and Arbury Community Centre. The cottages stood around where the car is in the '81 pic.

Part Four, the final part, is here.


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