Saxham Cottage, Saxham Street, Stowupland


The first owner/occupier we know of is John Quinton in the early 19th century. This detail taken from the 1840s Tithe map shows Quinton’s cottage (215) and the property across the road (214) that was his carpenter’s shop. He also owned other propertis in Saxham Street.

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18802 the house is no longer an enclosed space

In the second half of the 19th century it becomes more difficult to be certain as to who is living in Saxham Cottage . The most likely successor is John Robinson

The most likely predecessors of the Gyfords in Saxham Cottage was  the Goldsbury’s. They were there from the 1880s to early 1900s

1881 gives the most likely resident of Saxham Cottage as Edmund Goldsbury (b 18200 with his son also called Edmund (b1845). Edmund Goldsbury is also named on hte 1891 Electoral Roll. in 1901 Edmond, the younger (at age 57) is living in Saxham Cottage with his sister Sarah (b1858) who is working as a warehouse assistant.

At the start of the 20th century the Gyford family took up residence and set up buisness as tailors.

By the 1930s the Gyford’s had expanded their business and erected new premises on adjoining land.

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Aerial view of Saxham Cottage and Gyfords shop in the mid 20th century
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Detail of Saxham Cottage and Gyford's The Tailors from 1969 OS map
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Elsie Gyford with one of her young shop girls outside Saxham Cottage

Following the death of her husband, Chas Gyford, Elsie continued to live in Saxham Cottage and run the Gyford shop. She employed several shop assistants, often taking in a shop girl as a boarders.

Showing the rear of Saxham Cottage in the 1950s

In the 1950’s Elsie remarried and  moved out of Saxham Cottage,  Sidney and Joan Scarlett moved in, with their young son.