Chiswick Farm Cottages

Chiswick Farm Cottages, 1920s | Bells Postcard
Chiswick Farm Cottages, 1920s
Bells Postcard
Chiswick Farm Cottages ~1930 | Cambridge Antiquarian Society Lantern Slide with thanks to the Cambridge Record Office
Chiswick Farm Cottages ~1930
Cambridge Antiquarian Society Lantern Slide with thanks to the Cambridge Record Office
Chiswick Farm Cottages ~1935 | Cambridge Antiquarian Society Lantern Slide with thanks to the Cambridge Record Office
Chiswick Farm Cottages ~1935
Cambridge Antiquarian Society Lantern Slide with thanks to the Cambridge Record Office
Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2010 just before their renovation | Tim Gane
Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2010 just before their renovation
Tim Gane
The rear of Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2010 | Tim Gane
The rear of Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2010
Tim Gane
The huge conifer standing in front of Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2012 | Tim Gane
The huge conifer standing in front of Chiswick Farm Cottages in 2012
Tim Gane
Chiswick Farm Cottages in March 2014 | Tim Gane
Chiswick Farm Cottages in March 2014 after renovations were complete
Tim Gane
Sarah Vellam (born 1901) who used to live in one of the Chiswick Farm Cottages | Pauline Bird
Sarah Vellam (born 1901) who used to live in one of the Chiswick Farm Cottages
Pauline Bird

Very little is known about the history of Chiswick Farm Cottages apart from the fact that they were occupied by the Land Army Girls during WWII.  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.

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

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

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.

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During the 1950s the residents of the two cottages were retired railway worker William Vellum and his wife while Ron Vellum’s mother, Sarah Vellum (see last photograph below), lived next door.  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.

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