Old Bakery, High Cross, 19th/20th century
Lyndsey Ann Besemer (lyndsey.besemer @t ntlworld.com) of Cheshunt writes: I lived in the Old Bakery in High Cross in the early 1960's when I was just a toddler and most of which I don't remember. It used to be a bakery with a great big oven in one of the kitchen walls and stabling out in the back for the horses and carts which were used to deliver the bread. My Grandparents lived with us and in later years my Grandmother would tell me stories about the ghost she used to see there. There is now no one alive for me to ask questions about the history, previous occupants etc. of this house. Whenever I come across a book regarding Hertfordshire local history I always look for a reference, but there is never anything. If you do have any knowledge of the house or previous occupants (who was the ghost?) I would be very interested to hear from you.
Many books on Hertfordshire don't even mention High Cross, or only include a short paragraph, while few village histories have much to say about everyday tradesmen and everyday village buildings - particularly in the 20th century. I am therefore not surprised that you have been unsuccessful in finding anything in local history books.
I did a quick check of Kelly's Directory for a couple of years.
|Mary Annie Wright||Wife||Married||26||Sawbridgeworth|
|Ellen E Jennings||Niece||5||Sawbridgeworth|
|James Empringham||Boarder||Single||21||Theological Student||Chatteris, Cambs|
You should have a great time looking through the old records back to 1841- and HALS may have other information, and perhaps some old photographs or post cards. You will find the Tutorial of help in understanding the census and trade directories,
If you can add to the information given above tell me.
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