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The photographs themselves are scanned in sufficient quality to provide an A4 photograph is a quality that is almost indistinguishable from the original

Cavendish, from a 1778 map (423 x 614)
Victory Celebrations in Cavendish 1919: The parade, led by the veterans, passes through the victory arch and past the Bull hotel (3266 x 2124)
The Cavendish Tennis Club, which used to play in tennis courts behind the Grays (1200 x 808)
A distant view of Cavendish from Hullet's Wood to the west of Cavendish. The railway line can be seen ias a long hedge. The meadows were used for grazing. (1200 x 849)
Mrs Balthrop proudly stands outside her shop. She is remembered with some awe as she was rather eccentric and smoked a pip upside-down. Someone seems to have thrown a stone through the bedroom window. The Blacksmiths shop was set back between the two buildings (1738 x 1180)
Originally a post-mediaeval timber building, it gained a brick facade and a radical make-over to become Belle Vue Villas. Then it later became Prentice's butchers shop. From the 1940s it became the Post Office until recently. It has kept its jaunty continental flavour with its characteristic balcony. (1601 x 1012)
Bill Tharby, Cavendish Signalman who retired after 53 years' service on the railways, standing in front of the level-crossing gates at Cavendish Station (300 x 439)
Blacklands Hall is a mediaeval building with several later rebuildings. It was the seat of the Ruggles Brise family Joseph Stammers Garret bought it from them in 1853. Blacklands Farm was one of the largest in the area. (1635 x 1008)
Blacklands suffered from some rather unrestrained makeovers by Victorian Architects Beneath the mock gothic lies a fascinating mediaeval house that seems to have been a hunting lodge.. (1603 x 955)
White, in1855 wrote "The Hall was very ancient, but was rebuilt about 5 years ago." Actually, the architect Hopper just gave the C16 timber-framed and plastered house a makeover. The wood arch over the porch is inscribed with the date "Marche 1576", and it is probably much older. (1241 x 777)
The avenue from Blacklands Hall towards Glemsford (2721 x 1818)
Next to Blacklands Hall is the remains of Kimsings Hall Blacklands was originally known as Kessings or Kensings Manor and this name is recorded as far back as 1300. It belonged to Sir John Cavendish the Lord Chief Justice who was murdered in 1381 and passed to his son Sir Andrew who died in 1394 and subsequently to his son and heir William Cavendish. The manor is specifically mentioned as “Kemsynge" in the Inquis. p.m. of Sir Andrew Cavendish. (622 x 838)
Blacklands Hall front, 1952. The house was 'reworked' by Thomas Hopper, the fashionable Victorian architect, in the 1840s. He also altered both Melford Hall and Kentwell hall. (845 x 618)
Blacklands HallThis is a very ancient house built before 1480, and restored in 1575. It has been much altered over the years, especially by the Ruggles Brise fsamily, around 1850. It was possibly originally a hunting lodge associated with the forests to the north of Cavendish which were still recorded on sixteenth century maps. (800 x 476)
When we had our own Petrol Station. Boldens Garage, in what had once been Chinnery's Butchers shop, next to the George. (3724 x 2748)
This part of the village was known as Chapel street. The little thatched cottage was owned by Mr Hales' aunt and she sold meat from his shop there. In 1972, the road was widened, and the houses in the centre of the photograph ware, sadly, demolished, along with the ancient bridge which was replaced by a culvert (1000 x 706)
British POW's in Germany c1918. Centre front is William Mitson of Cavendish (3455 x 2340)
F W Brown's Tobacconist shop (800 x 480)
Bert Brown and his twenty-seater Charbanc. This was very popular for trips to Sudbury, despite initially being restricted to speeds of 15 mph. (3721 x 2392)
The two adjacent hotels in the glory days of the coaching trade: The Bull Hotel and the White Hart (1078 x 667)
The Bull Hotel in the 1929, when it had a rather strange porch on its frontage. At the time, it was a Wards pub, owned by Foxearth Brewery,. (1174 x 863)
A fine view of the High Street before the First World War. (1000 x 695)
The White Horse pub had a great effect on Cavendish's high street and its loss was sad. This photograph was taken some time before1910, and shows the road still its unmetalled state. (1000 x 643)
The Bull hotel, taken on a fine summers' day in around 1930. Workmen are mending the roof. (1682 x 1129)
The Bull Hotel, when it was a Wards Pub, owned by the famous Foxearth brewery. The White Horse next door had gone by the time this photo was taken (1000 x 616)
Theobald's bus stops in Cavendish outside the old cinema on its way to Clare (1580 x 1010)
Mr Chinnery proudly stands outside his butchers' shop (1616 x 1012)
Byford was a Cavendish carrier who, before the railway came, did the journey to London and back twice a week. He then moved to Glemsford and specialised in Furniture removals. (1023 x 719)
A carter drives his waggon down an otherwise-deserted high street at Cavendish on a clear winters' day in 1903 (800 x 528)
High Street Cavendish, showing Chinnery's Butcher's shop, the Bull Hotel and the cottages. (3132 x 1992)
A view of the church tower, butchers shop and the George hotel on a wet day in the winter of 1904 (1622 x 1035)
White ducks were reared at the mill and tended to escape to the village pond and the river. (540 x 584)
Cavendish Green, a photo from the 1960s (1406 x 829)
A painting of Cavendish Green, much used for chocolate boxes (1557 x 948)
Cavendish Hall just before WW1. The butler poses splendidly in the portico. Cavendish Hall was built by Thomas Hallifax around 1840 for one of his sons, and a stained glass window bears the family arms. (1602 x 984)
'A Pretty Spot': Cavendish High Street and the pond with ornamental ducks on it. The pond was part of the road, because it was originally used to soak the wagon and coach wheels in summer to assure a tight fit. (1987 x 1253)
The levers of Cavendish's signal box (559 x 804)
The High Street taken from the pond, looking east, around 1905. The White Horse pub seems to be newly-demolished (1800 x 1146)
Cavendish Old Rectory. a Sketch by LSM Prince (1454 x 939)
Cavendish on Charles Verron's map of 1803 (542 x 617)
The Cavendish Players, a keen Amateur Dramatic Society for many years. (1554 x 996)
Cavendish Signal box at night (848 x 647)
The village green, with the school children doing their 'sports'. (3276 x 2004)
A view of the Village Green in the 1960s. on the right is part of Mr Hales' Butcher's shop and Virginia house beyond (800 x 490)
The Hyde Park Corner cottages owned by the Savage trust (1019 x 669)
A sketch of Cavendish from around 1810, but showing a scene that shows the church apparently without its clerestory roof and the side of the Grorge Hotel. (658 x 487)
The Church, Cavendish. The church is famous for its role in the Peasants' Revolt when John Cavendish, pursued by a mob, hid his silver in the church tower. (1536 x 969)
Cavendish Church, by Louis Prince. Born in Halstead 1894. His father was an Assistant Manager at the silk mill there. Despite a lonmg career as an artist and teacher (Head of Colchester School of Art 1936-9) his first local exhibition was at the Quay in 1984 when he was 90. He and his family lived at Middleton. (1471 x 1031)
A hand-tinted photograph of the interior of the church (1611 x 1021)
Cavendish Church with children posing in their 'sunday best' (1244 x 889)
Cavendish Church path (1198 x 1702)
The view from Yew Tree House towards the old workhouse. Cavendish End was always a separate hamlet, joined to the main village by workhouse street (later called Stour street) (1572 x 936)
The destroyed houses which once had been 'Hyde Park Corner, the morning after the fire. They were subsequently rebuilt. (1000 x 920)
Cavendish Green, viewed from Poole Street, showing the end of the butchers shop, and the thatched barn (2000 x 1168)
A view of Cavendish across the river Stour from The Hullets wood (1000 x 619)
A pre-WW2 colour photograph of Cavendish taken from the top of the church tower. (600 x 336)
The Grammar school existed from 1696 to 1907, and housed boarders as well as dayboys.The top floor contained the dormitories. In 1935, the owners demolished the school side to make space for a Cinema. It was a terrible loss in architectural terms, but the cinema was a great benefit. (1636 x 1020)
A view of Cavendish from the green towards Long Melford. The photograph was taken before the First World War (1000 x 600)
Cavendish Hall (1560 x 966)
Cavendish Hall in 1902: exercising the dogs on the front lawn. (2209 x 1633)
The earliest-known representation of Cavendish Hall in 1820, which had been built in 1805. (2008 x 1213)
Cavendish Hall in 1820, a coloured version of the print for those who prefer it. (2008 x 1213)
Cavendish high Street in the days before the motor car, c 1900, showing the imposing White Horse pub in the distance. (1332 x 807)
Cavendish High Street in around 1920, next to the pond. The Bull Hotel is in the distance (1778 x 1237)
A view of Cavendish Manor. For a while this was the village's Reading Room (659 x 942)
The Village milkman (470 x 800)
Paddock Mill, Cavendish, later known as Patrick Mill, and finally Cavendish Mill. By the time this photo was taken, the mill itself had gone, leaving just the mill House. Judging from the car in the distance, this photograph was taken in the late 1930s (1000 x 629)
Cavendish Old post Office, from 1913. It is now a private house. (1635 x 993)
Cavendish's old post office (960 x 720)
A fine Holden 2-4-0 tender engine sets off from Cavendish station in pre-grouping days with a substantial 5-coach train behind it. The cottage went with the job of level-crossing keeper, whose task it was to manage the gates. Amy Saunders was the last level-crossing keeper. (1600 x 984)
A painting of Cavendish by R T Cowen, done in 1940 (2500 x 1620)
Cavendish National School, overlooking the green. Mr Stammers of Cavendish was the builder. 'a spacious room 54ft by 18ft flanked on one side by a class room of 15ft by 14ft. The school Mistresses' house formed the other gable. (1590 x 977)
Cavendish Scool photo 1910 (2707 x 1663)
A digitally-enhanced version of a sketch of Cavendish from around 1810, but showing a scene that shows the church without its clerestory roof or clock; and the side of the Grorge Hotel. Possibly copied from a painting orf c1760 (1000 x 760)
Cavendish Station in the 1950s. The view hardly changed throughout its' life. "I've seen 100 people come off the trains there at holiday time," (F Hale) (1300 x 803)
A view of Cavendish station taken from the signal box "On the ground where the station stands now, there was a farmhouse and house stood. It was called the Great House Farm. Mr. James Hickford held the farm and had a dairy of cows and sold the milk and butter to that part of the village. That farm had land on both sides of the road as far as the brick kiln." (J Braybrooke) (800 x 500)
A goods train passes through the station with a horsebox (1000 x 622)
A young Stan Thompson on a haycart (760 x 545)
Cavendish, A view of the pond, showing the grocers shop. The road was wider than it is now, and the pond was part of the road. (1000 x 539)
The south side of the green. From the right, The 'Grapevine'; Once the 'Cavendish Tea Rooms' and before that a Private School. run by Miss Clarke. Next door lived Mr and Mrs Boltrope. They had a Blacksmith's Shop set back from the road, where he used to shoe the horses and she ran a general shop beyond that selling spades, forks, mole-traps, wire netting, lawn-mowers etc, (1504 x 966)
The original Five Bells pub (684 x 1000)
Cavendish Children doing their maypole practice at the Vicarage (1800 x 1151)
A colourised photo of Cavendish Church around 1910. The bicycle probably belonged to the photographer. (3204 x 2016)
A view of Cavendish Church (1200 x 805)
The church choir annual outing to Southen in 1912, with the rector Mr Brockwell, Dan Hutchinson, Victor Bullock and Wille Jarvis amongst others (2343 x 1768)
Church Corner, Cavendish with the war memorial in the foreground and the church in the background (3306 x 2081)
'A Little Bit of Old Cavendish. (1602 x 1009)
The fully-restored church houses, known by locals as 'Hyde Park Corner' due to the propensity for locals to sit outside arguing after leaving the nearby pubs. (3278 x 2073)
Church Farm, formerly Mott's farm, next to the church. (1654 x 1048)
The splendid interior of Cavendish St Mary's Church (1000 x 639)
Cavendish Church of St Mary, in the early postwar years before the file severely damaged the famous Church Cottages (1540 x 1152)
The cinema was a popular introduction. The old Grammar school building found a transition to a private resident difficult and the owners finally demolished over half of the frontage and built the cinema. (1463 x 854)
A rare picture of Colts Hall Farm, Cavendish. This was one of the more important Cavendish manors, once the home of Thomas Colt, chancellor of the Exchequor in the mid 15th Century. New Hall, Chelfordes, De Greys and Peytons Manor, along with Padbrook Hall, all seems to have been assimilated into Colts Hall. (1553 x 995)
Condemned Cavendish homes in Hunter's yard (2695 x 1973)
The Congregational Chapel, in a photo taken in 1971. This was erected in 1858, before which the Congregationalists had to walk to Clare for their services. It was the centre of the community for over a hundred and fifty years. (942 x 607)
The interior of the congregational chapel. This was taken in around 1907. The chapel, now known as the United Reformed Church was funded by Mr JS Garret, a miller and entrepreneur who also built the memorial hall. It has now been deconsecrated and sold. (2000 x 1244)
The road out of Cavendish, led out to some allotments and, after a gap, a hamlet once dominated by the parish workhouse and the Firtrees pub and barbers shop (1200 x 734)
The old cottage in Peacocks Road (1572 x 1024)
The cottage on the corner opposite the old bridge where Water Lane joined Lower Road was once a butchers' shop. "On the corner of Water Lane lived my aunt, she used to sell a little meat which we sent down from the shop." (F Hale). It was much photographed by day-trippers on their way from the station to the green, until eventually demolished by crazed planners in a road-widening scheme. On the right is the Congregational chapel built in fine style with financial help from Samuel Garret. (1986 x 1380)
A row of thatched cottages in Poole Street, Cavendish (1000 x 662)
A Bicycle outing to Cavendish on a hot summer's day. (1800 x 1101)
The famous and much-photographed cottages on the green (1273 x 963)
The Cavendish Cricket ground behind the British School, now the memorial Hall. The land was donated by the Garret family from Blacklands Hall estate. (1000 x 632)
The cricket team at a date so far unknown. (1200 x 860)
The Cricket team: Date unknown (1200 x 857)
Cavendish Cricket team from 1920 Back row: Oliver Thompson (2nd left), John Nice (3rd left, the village policeman), Bill Rice (far right, scorer). Seated: Tom Ambrose (2nd left), John Hutchinson (3rd right, captain and headmaster of Cavendish School). Regulars in 1920 were Hugh Bullock, Albert Davidson, Edward Wells, Tom Bettinson, Charles Argent, A. Ince and S.H. Pearce. (1200 x 856)
The Cavendish Cricket Team, with Basil Ambrose's father taking centre stage. We would dearly like to know the names of the others on the photograph (1200 x 864)
Cuttings shop, photographed in 1951. Nearer the camera is Waver View, dating from before 1450 and originally an open hall house. (840 x 620)
An Edwardian photograph, showing some young people engaged in the popular sport of cycling. There is little evidence of cars. The road was then quite narrow at this point (1200 x 788)
A diesel pulls a mixed train towards Glemsford some time before 1963 (no yellow front flash) The engine is a class 15 Clayton Diesel possibly D8203 out of Colchester shed. (1600 x 1003)
Dr Ritchie, the local doctor in 1923, at Blacklands (1000 x 723)
Dr Richie proudly poses on a very fine horse outside the stables of his house (1410 x 1104)
Ducks Hall, previously Home Farm, before its 'renovation', when it was two charming cottages. (1914 x 1287)
Ducks hall. This was previously called 'Home farm' and Possibly, this was once Colyngham Hall (1830 x 1176)
This pleasant building, opposite the old workhouse, was once a farm cottage, but was, for some time, the fir Trees pub and barbers' shop. It has since reverted to being a private house (1601 x 967)
A view of the old Five Bells public house, named after the bells of the adjacent church.. The pub was later rebuilt. (1000 x 625)
The Five Bells pub, named after the five bells of the nearby tower of St Mary's Church, was a well-known landmark. This photo was taken just after the felling of one of the huge poplar trees that once graced the front."At the top of the Bells garden, on the Green, stood the Cage and stocks where they put people when they were drunk. At that time the public houses were open all the Sunday morning until two o'clock. When we came out of our church we could always see men rolling up and down streets drunk" (1200 x 811)
The Five Bells pub, before it was rebuilt. (1200 x 812)
The former post office at Cavendish (1472 x 758)
An unusual view of Blacklands Hall taken from the driveway opposite (1589 x 1477)
Frank Hales' butchers shop is an ancient building dating from 1500. It was a butchers shop from 1790 to 1986. (1465 x 1047)
The village pond, in an Edwardian photograph. The pond still exists, but in a sadly truncated form. (1618 x 986)
The Garrett family welcoming guests to Cavendish House, at a time when the arrival of a 'motor' in Cavendish warranted a photo. (3328 x 2151)
George Dorling listening to the radio at Cavendish Station c1960 (664 x 676)
George Dorling working the blovk instrument. This has been preserved at the Colne Valley Railway (597 x 803)
George Dorling, the stationmaster, seeing the Diesel Railcar off to Clare (1231 x 818)
George Dorling at Cavendish Station holding the token ready to hand to the engine driver. (579 x 814)
George Dorling, the StationMaster on the steps of the signal box. (1000 x 1286)
The George Hotel, On the left was the garage and village petrol pump. It had previously been a butchers shop owned by Mr, Wm. Orbell's. "He did a very large trade there then. There were four or five very big tall poplar trees stood before the house and shop then. He had wood from one tree up to the big one with hooks in and, twice in the week in the season, there would be one, and sometimes two, calves hung out there to be sent to London " (Wm Braybrook) (3326 x 2069)
The photographer must have been perilously near to the pond to take this photograph of the George Hotel (1200 x 831)
Two Wagons outside the George, each carrying trunks of trees to the sawmills. There was once a good business in providing oak from the woodlands to the north of Cavendish such as Easty and Northey Wood. Some fleld names (1200 x 711)
The Grammar school existed from 1696 to 1907, and housed boarders as well as dayboys. In 1935, the owners demolished the school side to make space for a Cinema. It was a terrible loss in architectural terms, but the cinema was a great benefit. (1000 x 654)
A good shot of the Grammar School before it was unceremoniously chopped in half to make a Cinema, but showing the shop now known as the 'Duck and Grouse' together with Mrs Balthrop's shop and the Reading Room. (1600 x 1160)
The grapevine used at one time to be a school (1200 x 743)
Grays, a photo taken in 1957. A C16 timber-framed and plastered house refronted in the C18. The south-east gable has a plaster panel with the date 1769. The upper storey is jettied on the whole front. The north-west end is stepped up to a higher level and may have been originally a separate dwelling. (838 x 616)
The end of Poole Street where it meets the green. The cottages either side were both popular with tourists and much-photographed. They were both demolished in a road-widening scheme. (1606 x 1217)
The view of the church tower from the start of workhouse lane, before a road-widening scheme demolished much of what was picturesque in this part of the village. (1640 x 1020)
A pop[ular view of the church from Stour Street (1542 x 1014)
A general view of children playing cricket on the green: not exactly a level playing-field. In the distance is the rebuilt Five Bells pub, and the church (3318 x 2061)
The green, in the days when the green was grazed by a flock of sheep to keep the grass neat. (2932 x 1796)
The Green showing the Cavendish Cinema. It isn't possible to see what film is playing but a sign says 'Cycles Stored Free' with an arrow pointing down the alley. (3310 x 2069)
Greetings from Cavendish, with a montage of local sights (1656 x 1042)
Mr F Hale, the butcher in his delivery cart outside the Butchers shop. The lovely old oak cashiers booth from the butchers shop survived until recently when it was destroyed during renovation work (1200 x 783)
Poole Street. The builders' yard of Mr Johnson. (1257 x 837)
High Street Cavendish. A tinted postcard from around 1900 (2048 x 1173)
A delivery van passes the George Hotel. Next to the hotel was Chinnery's Butcher's shop which is closed in this photo (1958 x 1245)
The High Street, showing the Wheelwrights, the old post office, and Weston House (1584 x 981)
A splendid view of the High Street, looking eastwards, showing what was once the Western House Inn, on the Bristol to Norwich run, but then a private school run by the daughter of Samuel Garrett. In the foreground was once a sweet-shop. (1804 x 1146)
The High street on a sunny winters day some time in the 1930s (1584 x 948)
Corner of the high street, Cavendish. An unusual view with a good clear view of Cavendish House, with its distinctive quadrant courier on the southwest with a stucco parapet. and Ionic portico (3174 x 2037)
The site of the war memorial (2014 x 1445)
The Red House in Stour Street in the 1950s, before it went Red. (842 x 614)
Hyde Park Corner (1548 x 960)
A tinted postcard of Hyde Park Corner and the church, showing the war memorial. (1644 x 981)
The view that sold thousands of Chocolate Boxes, and bacame an icon of rural England. (3254 x 2049)
A colour photo of Hyde Park corner, probably taken after their restoration in the late Sixties (1300 x 820)
The original 'Hyde Park Corner cottages whilst they still retained all their charm. It would seem that there were at least seven dwellings in the row at the time. (1573 x 953)
The Hyde Park Corner cottages (Church Cottages) shortly before the fire that nearly destroyed them (1734 x 1226)
The cottages of 'Hyde Park Corner', the picturesque group of C16-Cl7 timber-framed and plastered cottages. 1 storey and attics. They were subsequently badly damaged by fire in 1966 and restored in 1972 (3246 x 2112)
Hyde Park Corner, the Five Bells pub, butcher's shop and the Church: 1909. (2000 x 1214)
The Rebuilt Five Bells pub, the war memorial and Church cottages, in a post-war photograph (4263 x 2540)
The Hyde Park Corner houses having their first restoration. The roof timbers being used seem surprisingly insubstantial, (1000 x 633)
The Institute, occupying the old Cavendish Manor house. It was here that villagers could play draughts and dominoes, or read the papers. or weekly magazines. (1800 x 1063)
Jubilee celebrations in Cavendish in 1935, where an old wheeled barrel organ is being played. (1400 x 856)
A postcard from the twenties. Ironic it is to notice that two of the four picturesque views of Cavendish have now been destroyed. (1000 x 628)
The Lower Road, showing on the right the Wheelwrights house, and Western House (formerly the Great Western Coaching Hotel) and on the left the old Forge, and post office. (2002 x 1189)
A rare view of the lower road before the road-widening scheme which spoiled a lovely part of the village. One can see that the village ceased at the Railway Arms, and the junction with the Pentlow Lane, beyond which stood the Railway Station (1665 x 1045)
A view from the end of water lane and the old bridge (1633 x 1039)
The Lower Road, looking east, showing the Chapel with its magnificent lantern. The United Reformed Church was erected in 1858 by Joseph Garrett, who was a dedicated Congregationalist. He was the son of the Miller at Pentlow Mill who went on to create a large number of Malting and farming businesses."In my young days that was very strong, very often it was difficult to get a seat. "(F Hale) (1560 x 934)
The top of the lower road looking toward the west, showing the edge of the Railway Arms pub on one side and builders yard on the other. In the distance is the chapel.. Nowadays, a photographer standing in the same place would be in fear of his life. (1200 x 771)
A detail of the Lower Road, showing Mr Page's builders yard with the long scaffold poles, and the Congregational Chapel in the distance. (745 x 522)
The lower road, looking toward the green (1000 x 622)
The Manor Cottages probably date from the fifteenth century. This was once the home of Sir Thomas Cavendish and his wife (859 x 1159)
The home of Thomas Cavendish who married Alice Smith of Padbrook, (now Cavendish End), the daughter of John Smith and Alice Brecknock. They were married in 1498 and had four children: (838 x 618)
A late sixties 'Multicard' postcard of Cavendish, showing the Sue Ryder Home, the Green, the Church Cottages and the Church (3278 x 2057)
A rural scene 'somewhere near Cavendish', probably the road to Blacklands (1924 x 1220)
On the road from Water Lane to Blacklands (1000 x 717)
Nether Hall, in its glory days as the headquarters of Cavendish Vineyards. (1460 x 1107)
Over Hall, Nether Hall and Houghton Hall were three of the earliest-recorded manors of Cavendish. Nether Hall had 55 acres of land. It recently became well-known because of the vineyards that Nasil Ambrose recently cultivated on the land. Surprisingly, this was a revival rather than a novelty for East Anglia. Vineyards were once cultivated around here in mediaeval times when imports were scarce, but were essential to produce the wine to celebrate the Eucharest (Holy Communion). (3216 x 2056)
The new Five Bells Pub, Mercifully, the thatched roof, so characteristic of the old Five Bells, was used for the new building. (1561 x 982)
The new Five Bells Pub, a photograph taken soon after its rebuilding. (1515 x 934)
W J Newman's Confectioner's shop in around 1900. It is now the Village Shop (1672 x 1136)
A view of the distant church tower of Cavendish over the old Osier Beds in the watermeadows that were used for local basket weaving and fencing. (960 x 598)
The earliest surviving photograph of Cavendish shows the post office. (1902 x 1347)
A one time, cameras and photographers were a fascination. Here is the view from the top of the high street toward the lower road. (1200 x 853)
The Old Rectory, Cavendish. This became the Sue Ryder Foundation and is now Devonshire House (1590 x 1021)
The Old Rectory in 1904, when the front lawn was used to play tennis. This became the Sure Ryder Home. (1602 x 1008)
The Old Rectory in 1911. showing the combined tennis and croquet lawn. (1596 x 996)
A view of the Old Rectory from the road, taken around 1912 (1578 x 1032)
The croquet and tennis lawn at the Old Rectory. (1609 x 970)
Croquet on the lawn with Mabel, in the old rectory. It is now part of Devonshire House, formerly the 'Sue Ryder Home'. (2002 x 1527)
Over Hall, at the time that it was the rectory (1000 x 634)
The Old Rectory, then the Sue Ryder home on a summers day in the late sixties. (1800 x 1035)
A fairly rewcent photo of the old Rectory when it had become the Sue Ryder home. The boating pond was fed from the river by a pipe. (1600 x 1165)
Boating on the pond at the old rectory, now Devonshire House. (1996 x 1528)
A Lads' outing from the George, Cavendish in the 1930s with many men from Poslingford, Cavendish and Glemsford. (1528 x 968)
Outside the Five Bells Pub (1000 x 664)
Over Hall (1454 x 888)
Paddock Mill enjoyed considerable prosperity for a while. The mill is eighteenth century and was never converted to take roller mills and so its trade petered out into animal feed before it ceased to function in the 1930s. The House survives but the mill itself is long gone. Originally, it was called Paddock Mill, but the name became corrupted to 'Paddy's mill. This became 'Patrick Mill' and more recently 'Cavendish Mill'. (1644 x 1209)
The bridge over the Stour at Paddock Mill (Cavendish Mill). In the distance is the original Bower Hall before its destruction (1000 x 625)
Paddock Mill sluice gates. The photograph seems to date from around 1900 (1000 x 624)
Pargetting on the house adjacent to Cavendish Manor cottages. (768 x 564)
The typical chocolate-box view of the village (1578 x 948)
14 Peacock Road, Cavendish, c1960 - farmland behind the car owned by Ambrose of Nether Hall developed into Peacock Close (1542 x 1026)
The view up Peacocks' road on the old road to Wales End (1000 x 632)
Pentlow Bridge was built on the site of several previous bridges in the 1880s. It was built to take the weight of the large ploughing engines which were coming into use at the time and so is extremely substantial. (1648 x 1012)
An interesting early view of the High Street, probably in about 1880, showing the pond, and the entrance to the Old Rectory. The big shop was a grocers shop (run by Mr. Clark, which had once belonged to the Jays "They were woollen manufacturers. Mr. Philip Jay was master when I began to know anything about the place. Mr. Clark's warehouse was called the yarn shop. Thos.Eavens was foreman for him and the women went to him for the wool to spin and brought the yarn back to him when they had done it and weighed it and paid them for it." (J Braybrooke) (1200 x 831)
Pony and Trap 'somewhere near Cavendish' (1200 x 892)
Workhouse Street, later called Stour Street. (1592 x 934)
The Council Houses of Poole Street. A slightly surprising subject for a postcard, but they were substantial, well-built houses with gardens of a wonderful size, sufficient for a family to feed themselves from (1529 x 991)
The old Post Office in the 1930s (1605 x 985)
A clear view of the old post office open for business. The house is still there and is also the subject of one of the oldest photographs of Cavendish (1109 x 689)
Cavendish's Post office, once Prentice's butcher's shop, and before that Belle Vue Villas, a private house inspired by continental holidays in sunnier climates. (814 x 1193)
Belle Vue Villas became Mr Prentice's butchers shop . This picture was taken on a snowy day. The dog affects an indifference to the meat on display. (2037 x 1344)
A train from Clare passes over Stetch Meadow, and approaches the level crossing before the station. (1000 x 610)
The Railway Arms was built on the site of a previous house, as a speculation when the railway was being constructed. Its architecture was urban in anticipation of a building boom that never materialised, though the pub did well with summer trippers who arrived in great numbers up to the Second World War."The house on the right hand side, where the Railway Arms stands, Thomas Skilton lived. He was a big man and gardened a little field. It was called Towne Field. It was by the side of Water Lane and went up to the house that stands by the path that goes up by the fields" (J Braybrooke) (1652 x 1038)
The last passenger train goes over the level crossing into the station (1000 x 628)
The railway line somewhere between Cavendish and Clare (1000 x 658)
This is a house of fabulous quality, once owned by the Cavendish family. the photograph shows it in its time as Cavendish's institute and reading rooms. (1614 x 1026)
Cavendish Manor led an undignified life in the nineteenth century. It is the finest building in Cavendish, but it eventually decayed into cottages until it became a Reading Room and Institute "... where as a young man I used to go. We played draughts, dominoes, billiards, and read papers. there were weekly magazines there, and that was also where the village paper was sold. "(F Hales) (1200 x 782)
An unusual view of the village taken from the edge of the water meadow to the west of the village, opposite Hullets' wood and Ash Grove. The river diverges at this point, a weir feeding the original river to the left, and the rest becoming the Leat for Pentlow Mill (1000 x 817)
The River Stour, looking from the edge of the station across toward Pentlow Hall (609 x 1000)
Cavendish Schools at the top of the village green (1000 x 608)
A lazy afternoon on the green, showing the original Five Bells Pub with its once-famous Poplar tree. (1625 x 1023)
The lads at Cavendish School drilling with fake guns, probably during World War One (1545 x 933)
The Children of Cavendish 'National' School. (1583 x 988)
The children used the top of the green as a playing field, and here a serious game of cricket is being played (1200 x 761)
The Schools, Cavendish. Also showing the old Five Bells pub with the famous poplar tree that once dominated the top of the green. (1577 x 958)
A mixed train of Horsebox and passengers pulls out of Clare station (630 x 378)
The level crossing keepers cottage, shown after the railway had closed. (708 x 478)
The Guard's view of Cavendish Station (1580 x 968)
An unusual viw of the station car park and signalbox, taken in the snow (634 x 479)
Cavendish Station, which survived from 1865 to 1967. The site of the station is now described by British Heritage as 'Post Mediaeval' (It takes an expert!) (1600 x 1002)
The immaculate platform of the Railway Station, planted with ornamental shrubs. One can just see Pentlow Mill in the distance and Hullets Wood on the horizon (1584 x 964)
Cavendish Station, looking toward Glemsford. The land has now become back-gardens (1582 x 952)
Stour Street, showing Ashleigh House on the right in its original decorative red and 'white' brickwork, now rendered. (3259 x 2090)
Cavendish End, seen from the gates of Cavendish Hall, showing the Yew Tree House and the old FirTrees Pub. This is a separate hamlet, once called Padbrook. Yew Tree House, the farmhouse on the left of the picture was previously Kings Farm, (1572 x 966)
The river, probably the stretch between Pentlow Mill and Cavendish(paddock) mill, with Paddock Mill in the distance (1000 x 733)
Stour Street, looking towards Cavendish Hall. (1635 x 1020)
Stour Street, Cavendish, showing the site of the workhouse on the left, and the Red House on the right at the end of the row. (3972 x 2520)
A close-up of cottages in Stour Street (1000 x 663)
The View from Stour Street past the old workhouse (1000 x 614)
A Cavendish sunday-school outing in 1907. (1200 x 863)
Local lads swimming in Cavendhsh's old swimming pool, Pentlow Mill's millpond. Ther railway is in the distance. There was once a footpath over the railway to the millpond, and a deaf boy was killed by a train as he ran across to join his friends swimming. (720 x 529)
A thatcher attends to the roof of the cottage next to the George Hotel. A model T ford car is parked proudly outside the George (2264 x 1588)
The Cemetery, Cavendish. A postcard from 1909. Postcards like this were often sent to relatives of the deceased who were unable to attend funerals or memorial services. (1800 x 1136)
The newly-created war memorial. In the distance, a thatcher is at work on a roof. (2048 x 1250)
The Pond, and the entrance to the old rectory. The pond was on the earliest maps, and was designed so that the wheels of wagons could be soaked in summer to keep the spokes firm. (1559 x 1008)
A tinted photograph showing the Railway Station and Pentlow Bridge taken from the meadow in front of the mill. It shows a well-worn path used by mill-workers. (1562 x 1028)
Cavendish from the green, showing the memorial and Cinema. There are scattered bikes on the green (1369 x 841)
The Bull Hotel and, in the distance, a gap representing part of the site of the White Horse Inn (960 x 720)
The United Reformed Church, once the Congregational Chapel, now sold as a house. (997 x 665)
The church tower and gate in around 1920, (1282 x 1800)
A view of Cavendish Church, Hyde Park Corner and the original Five Bells pub. (1301 x 759)
The five Bells pub was almost completely rebuilt. This photograph shows the original. Fortunately, the replacement was well-designed and thatched so as to fit in with the surroundings. (1171 x 630)
A tinted postcard of the floodwalk over Pentlow Lane (1278 x 990)
The George Hotel, showing some elm trunks on their way to the sawmills. On the left is the butchers' shop (1443 x 879)
The George in the 1920s, before Chinnery's butchers shop next door became a garage. At the time, The George was brewing its own beer. (1642 x 1026)
The 'grapevine' showing the path across the green to the butchers' shop. (1603 x 1001)
The green, in a view showing 'Hyde Park corner' and the church. The sheep were once a characteristic part of the scene (1469 x 909)
Cavendish Church viewed across the green some time between the Wars (1000 x 628)
The most popular view of Cavendish, used on gernerations of chocolate boxes. (2048 x 1140)
The Greys.. In the distance is the beautiful thatched barn that then belonged to butchers' shop It was subsequently demolished to make way for housing despite the frequency of flooding in the area by the river (1000 x 609)
The high street, looking eastwards towards Long Melford (1000 x 642)
When JS Garrett, quondam miller and local businessman, funded the building of the Congregational Chapel and School (now the memorial hall), he also funded a manse for the minister, a comfortable house on the very edge of the village, on the opposite side of the road to the railway station, overlooking the Blacklands estate. It still exists, as a private house, but no longer overlooks open fields. (1648 x 1038)
An interesting view of the high street showing the grant twin entrances to the Old Rectory, marked on the old maps. The two driveways were necessitated by the difficulty of turning a horse and carriage.. The pond, now sadly shrunken, lay between the two gates. It was once fed by an open stream that ran across the road a this point, long since diverted into a culvert (1000 x 605)
The High Street, showing no signs of traffic, and a road that was not yet tarmac. (1200 x 816)
An old view of the pond in Cavendish, dated before 1906 (because the White Horse Inn is still there) . The pond projected into the road and wagons could be driven into the pond to moisten their wheels in hot weather and the horses could enjoy a refreshing drink and paddle. In the distance behind the pond is a local chap who had dwarfism. He appears in several photos of the time. The 'ghosts' on the road are people who didn't stand still! (1612 x 1006)
Overhall, built on the site of the old hall, when the house was The Rectory at Cavendish (1586 x 994)
A tinted photograph of the Stour taken from Hullets Wood, and showing the railway reack in the distance deliniated by a neat hedge (1300 x 763)
A view from the west of the chapel towards the green (1000 x 626)
A fine terrace with unusual bay windows, built by Samuel Garrett as homes for his staff at the Maltings. It consists of five homes. (1605 x 918)
A photo of the pond looking towards Long Melford down the High Street (1608 x 1038)
A photo of the White Horse Hotel, next to the Bull Hotel. Tha man standing outside the Limes was a dwarf, giving a rather false perspective. (1800 x 1455)
A cottage, now long gone, which was to the side of the butchers shop. This was once a popular view of the village. (1584 x 961)
The Marks Tey-Cambridge train in 1951 hauled by a Holden E4 Intermediate, heading towards Clare alongside Stour Street. (1000 x 499)
The train from Cavendish on its way to Clare about to cross over the river (600 x 436)
The Tudor Tea Rooms on the green, before it became 'The Grapevine' restaurant. (1636 x 1036)
Cavendish, showing Underwood's shop and in the distance, the row of cottages built for the workers at the maltings by Samuel Garrett. (1800 x 1227)
The unveiling of the Cavendish War Memorial in September 1920 (1430 x 964)
A popular view of the green, showing Stour Street in the distance (1000 x 622)
Vounteers at the start of the First World War celebrate at the top of the green and the Five Bells pub, along with friends and family. (3272 x 2122)
The newly-built war memorial stands on the green (1000 x 617)
A fine photograph showing the newly-built war memorial, a pile of stone by the side of the road, and two horse-drawn wagons with tree trunks paused outside the George hotel destined for the sawmills. (3278 x 2041)
An interesting photo of Cavendish High Street, with the old bridge over the stream. Note that the road is 'soft', but electricity has come to the village (1000 x 652)
This photograph of Mr F W Brown's shop dates from 1925, and was one of 25 shops that existed in Cavendish at the time. The house still exists in the high street opposite the post office (1200 x 847)
Western House started out in 1670 as a rebuild of an ancient hall house, possibly one of the lost manors of Cavendish. It owes its name to the time it was taken over by the Great Western Coaching Company as a hotel and for changing the horses. By the 1730s, it had become a private house, but it had a spell as a depot for Byfords, the Carriers. In the early twentieth century, it was a private school for girls. (1149 x 713)
The original Parish Workhouse. It has now been demolished. When the poor Laws were enacted, the parishes relinquished responsibility for looking after the poor and needy and they were sent to the union workhouse in Sudbury. The Workhouse was sold and became private houses (1580 x 971)