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17 Blackbird Street Potton

17 Blackbird Street March 2007
17 Blackbird Street March 2007

Until 1913 this 19th century property was a beerhouse called the Duke of Wellington. Since then it has been a private house.The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 specified that every building and piece of land in the country was to be assessed to determine its rateable value. The valuer visiting the former beerhouse [DV1/C25/97] found that the owner and occupier was a man named Jennings.

Accommodation comprised a living room, a pantry and a kitchen with four bedrooms above. There was also a wood and corrugated iron hovel and stable, which the valuer characterized with the word “neglect”. Another hand has written: “No garden. Bad position”.