The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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Further information

By cross-linking occupier information in the 1911 Census with occupier information in the 1910 Finance Act survey it is possible to identify some of the present addresses of buildings and hence identify who lived there.

It is not possibly to do it for all census entries for a number of reasons. The buildings may have been demolished, the numbers written on the map by the valuer may be illegible or the map may be missing. See How its done for more information.

Information for - Wootton House, 46 High Street

1911 Census entry for house

AddressKind of Building
High StreetPost Office

1911 Census entry for occupants

First Names Surname Relation Condition Sex Age Birth year Occupation Where born
James WOOTTON Head Married 52 years M 74 1837 Tailor And Superintendent Bedford Beds
Emma WOOTTON Wife Married F 74 1837 Silsoe Beds
Frederick WOOTTON Son Married M 51 1860 Assistant Postman London
Edith WOOTTON Granddaughter Single F 26 1885 Assistant Postmistress Maulden Beds
Linden WOOTTON Grandson Single M 18 1893 Tailor Clophill Beds

1910 Finance Act

Occupier Owner Description Situation
Wootton, James Wootton, James. Clophill Ho & Post Office High Street

1925 Valuation Act

Occupier Owner Description Situation Detail Valuer's Comments
Wootton L.C. Wootton L.C. H. Shop & P The Post Office, High Street B & S Detached.
Down P L K S Shop. Up 3B. Out WB & CI Barn & E.C., Loft over, WB & CI Toolshed, B & S E.C. 1 Bay down.
Tailor's shop used as post office also. V. good house.

Listed Building

Not listed

Additional Information

'No 46 (Wootton House) was originally the Post Office and when that shut a grocery shop opened, run by Mrs Wootton. Her husband, Linden, did tailoring in one of the side rooms. In the barn alongside, a Mr Cotham did shoe mending.' Jack Burgoine's Memories of Clophill.
'No 46, Wootton House was the original Post Office and sweet shop. The Post Office was run by Jimmy Wootton (Mrs Wootton had died) and he had a daughter (Edie) who looked after the shop and son, Lyndon, who was a tailor and made menís suits in one of the rooms of the house. In the garden of No 46 there was John Cottonís cobblers shop.' Jack Pitt's Clophill Memories.