In 1901, there was a post
office/grocer's store named Chamberlains, and a bakery
located in Church Street.
The first two pictures above show Church
Street, viewed from the Church. It is remarkably unchanged considering the major
changes that have been made elsewhere in the village.
triangle of land on the corner of Church Lane and Water Lane (where the cars
now park in front of the church) used to be a 'wash pond' fed by one of the many
natural springs in Cottingham. With the pond being shallow at each end and
deeper in the middle, carts used to drive through it to wash their wheels, and
it also provided drinking water for horses. The pond has clearly been filled in, but the
spring is still running, now into a water trough.
third picture shows the other end of Church Street, with
Manor Farmhouse and the Crown Inn
in the background.
you look carefully you can see a small corrugated roof on the right hand side.
This was a shared toilet used by Mrs Licquorish who lived in the cottage just in front of
the shack (with the
window open) and Nance Bradshaw who lived in the 'one up-one down' cottage on the opposite side of the road.