Chiswick Farm Cottages

Originally two cottages used to house farm workers. They have now been knocked into one.

By Tim Gane

Photo:Chiswick Farm Cottages, 1920s

Chiswick Farm Cottages, 1920s

Bells Postcard

Photo:Chiswick Farm Cottages ~1930

Chiswick Farm Cottages ~1930

Cambridge Antiquarian Society Lantern Slide with thanks to the Cambridge Record Office

Photo:Chiswick Farm Cottages ~1935

Chiswick Farm Cottages ~1935

Cambridge Antiquarian Society Lantern Slide with thanks to the Cambridge Record Office

Very little is known about the history of Chiswick Farm Cottages.  As can be seen from the photograph on the right, they were originally thatched.  The adjacent Chiswick Farm House (to the right in this photograph) was also thatched, but it had been tiled by the time this photograph was taken.


Photo:Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2010 just before their renovation

Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2010 just before their renovation

Tim Gane

Photo:The rear of Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2010

The rear of Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2010

Tim Gane


They remained as two cottages until 2010 when they were bought by a property developer and knocked into one cottage.


Photo:Chiswick Farm Cottages in March 2014

Chiswick Farm Cottages in March 2014

Tim Gane

Although the interior is now one dwelling, from the exterior it still looks like two separate cottages, as can be seen in the photograph on the right, taken in 2014.


Photo:The huge conifer standing in front of Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2012

The huge conifer standing in front of Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2012

Tim Gane

Photo:Sarah Vellam (born 1901) who used to live in one of the Chiswick Farm Cottages

Sarah Vellam (born 1901) who used to live in one of the Chiswick Farm Cottages

Pauline Bird

There used to be a massive conifer standing on the front boundary of Chiswick Farm Cottages and Chiswick Farm House (see adjacent photo).  This was cut down in 2012 as part of the renovations.

 

During the 1950s three of the residents of the two cottages were retired railway worker William Vellum and his wife while Ron Vellum's mother, Sarah Vellum, lived in the other.  Sarah worked for the Howards in the adjacent Chiswick Farmhouse and looked after their disabled son Alwyne until the late 1980s.

The cottages were rented out until they were finally sold following the death of Joyce Howard.

This page was added by Tim Gane on 23/08/2014.

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