1 Cambridge Trades Directories
1875 Isaac Strange Fort St George & Boat Builder Midsummer Commons
1865 Morgans Directory
Isaac Strange 4 Fishers Lane Boat Builder
1875 No STRANGE
1887 Spaldings Directory:
Isaac Strange Alpha Rd/Chesterton Rd Boat building workshops
Isaac Strange 29 Chesterton Rd Yacht and Boat Builder also Strange Villas
John C I Strange 1 Stranges Cottages Boat building workshops
John C I Strange 29 Chesterton Rd
(Note 29 Chesterton Rd and 1 Stranges Cottages are probably the same, it still exists and it is still an Off Licence)
(Note The Stranges Cottages or Villas were on the land behind 29 Chesterton Rd on Alpha Road and have long since
been demolished. A modern monstrosity stands in their place.)
Sydney Strange 87 Gwydir St Cow Keeper
And in Chesterton:
John Strange, boat builder & beer retailer, Chesterton Road.
(See Russell Ellwood's family below for John Cottage Ireland STRANGE)
1907 Spaldings Directory
Stranges Boatbuilding Workshops 1 Stranges Cottages
Stranges The Freshmans Boathouse between 12 & 14 Chesterton Rd
Jack Strange 54 Victoria Rd
1908 Mrs Mary Strange 87 Gwydir St Beer Retailer
1908 No STRANGE
(query I must have the year wrong)
1917 Spaldings Directory
J C I Strange Riverside Chesterton Rd Boat Builders Yard
1930 Spaldings Directory:
A K Strange 9 Fair St
Mrs F Strange 17 Botolph Lane
Percival Strange 6 St Edwards Passage
John C I Strange Riverside Chesterton Rd Boat Builders
1940 Spaldings Directory:
J Strange (D P Strange) 1 Riverside Chesterton Rd Boat Builders
1953 Stranges Boat Builders still there but gone by 1955
2. Parish Registers
Most of the following information came to me from Sheila STRANGE in various forms. The surname is that of her husband
and it follows on to Essex :
1813 Susannah d William and Amey, 6m
1815 Mary d William & Amey, 2m
1815 Mary STRANGE inf
Cambridge St Clements
1665 William STRANGE
1904 Madge Jesaline STRANGE
1904 Rose STRANGE Witness STRANGE
1839 Hannah STRANGE
1839 Hannah STRANGE
1903 Laura Ann STRANGE
Cambridge St Mary's
1806 Robert base born of Mary
1809 Sara Mary
1760 John STRANGE & Susan STUBBING
See Families below from Jonathan Gray.
1803 Sarah d Thomas & Sarah
1806 Thomas s Thomas & Sarah (See 1861 Census, Middlesex)
1813 Hannah d Thomas & Sarah
1742 George STRANGE & Elizabeth SIMONS
1824 George STRANGE 78
From James Peto-Gundersen:
John Hill-Yeoman Of Ickleton, Cambridge(born 1746-Lambourn, Berkshire, died 1839-Ickleton,
Cambridge) His will mentions property of my late Uncle Edward Hedden(1702-1785-Will/Ely)
+ 1742 Amy Swan, IGI (Swan's where a wealthy Yeoman family in Ickleton. They had no issue and
Edward in his will names his Nephew John Hill as his heir). John Hill's will also mentions
land which belonged to the late George Strange (born1746, Buried 1824 at Ickleton).
According to the IGI There is a George Strange who married a Simmonds at Ickleton (above).
1779 Sep 10 Mary STRANGE d William & Susanna (Note: nee CARTWRIGHT)(See family from Jonathan Gray, 10th April 2017)
1781 Feb 25 James STRANGE s William & Susanna (ditto) (Note: married 1812 Oct 14)
Not sure of the origin of records 1784 to 1790 inclusive - I asked "are these really from Linton?"
1784 Feb 22 Frances STRANGE d William & Susanna (ditto), born 8 Feb
1786 Apr 05 Susanna STRANGE d William & Susanna (ditto), born Mar 10
1788 Feb 24 Rachel STRANGE d William & Susanna (ditto), born Feb 22
1790 Nov 28 John STRANGE s William & Susanna (ditto), born 1789 Nov 22
Jonathan Gray advises me that there was reputed to have been a family name change as, from
the Cambridgeshire Family History Society disc CD/PR/04a the records are:
STRAHAN, Frances – born 08.02.1784 baptised 22.02.1784 buried 06.08.1786 aged 1½
STRAHAN, Susanna - born 10.03.1786 baptised 05.04.1786 buried 30.12.1787 aged 1½
STRAHAN, Rachel - born 20.02.1788 baptised 24.02.1788
STRAHAN, John - born 22.11.1790 baptised 28.11.1790
I believe this must be a clerical error in the register but see 3. Rachel below, this needs checking in the register
1. William Strange, b. 1745 or 1753?. He married Susannah Cartwright, 20 Oct 1778, in Linton, Cambridgeshire (daughter of James Cartwright
and Rose Pluckrose) buried: 26 May 1839. William died 1833, Linton,aged 88, buried: Linton Parish Church.
i Mary Strange.
2. ii James Strange.
iii Frances Strahan, b. 8 Feb 1784, Linton, buried: 6 Aug 1786, Linton.
iv Susanna Strahan, b. 10 Mar 1786, Linton, buried: 30 Dec 1787, Linton.
3. v Rachel Strahan b. 20 Feb 1788.
4. vi John Strange b. 22 Nov 1789.
vii Susan/Susannah Strange, b. 15 Oct 1792, Linton, buried: 20 Nov 1793, Linton.
viii Thomas Strange, b. 6 Apr 1797, Linton.
3. Rachel Strahan, (1.William1) b. 20 Feb 1788, Linton. She married James Ireland, 1812, in St Giles Parish Church Cambridge.
7. i James Ireland b. 1806.
8. ii Sarah Ireland b. 1830.
1792 Oct 21 Susan STRANGE d William & Susan, born Oct 15 (ditto)
1797 Apr 17 Thomas STRANGE s William & Susanna, born Apr 17 (ditto)
1813 Sep 05 John STRANGE s James & Susanh lab, born Aug 18 (Note: nee SEAMAN)
(See Penny STRANGE's family below)
1815 Mar 27 Mary Anne d James & Susan, lab, born Mar 4 (ditto)
1817 Jun 22 William STRANGE s William & Susannah lab, born Jun 7 (ditto) (married as James)
Emigrated to Australia in 1841 with his father and sister Jane
1818 Jul 19 Martha STRANGE d John & Mary lab, born May 4
1819 Sep 05 James STRANGE s James & Sussannah lab, born Aug 25 (nee SEAMAN)(father b 1781)
1825 Aug 28 Thomas STRANGE s James & Susan lab, born Aug 9 (ditto)
1828 Aug 17 Anna Maria STRANGE d James & Sussanh lab born Jul 29 (ditto)
1839 May 19 Jane STRANGE d William & Mary Ann, born Apr 23
1847 Feb 17 Maria STRANGE
1848 Sep 21 Elizabeth STRANGE
1849 Jun 24 John STRANGE
1851 Jun 29 Mary STRANGE
1851 Aug 28 Susanna STRANGE
1853 Jul 31 Martha STRANGE
1855 Apr 29 James STRANGE of Thomas STRANGE & Sarah
1856 Jun 16 Isaac STRANGE (possibly in 1901 census for Linton, House Painter, 45)
1858 Dec 25 Maria STRANGE
1859 Jul 31 Emma STRANGE
1863 Jul 26 Mary Ann STRANGE
1866 Jan 01 Emily STRANGE
1875 May 08 William STRANGE
1778 Oct 20 William STRANGE (x) bac & Sussanna CARTWRIGHT (x) sp. botp
Wits Henry CLAYDON & Robert GLASSCOCK
(Note Susanna was baptised 1755 Jul 27, Linton to James CARTWRIGGHT & Rose
(nee PLUCKROSE) See Barry Dean's family
1812 Oct 14 James STRANGE (x) bac & Sussannah SEAMAN (x) sp botp
Wits Edward GILSON & Joseph GLASSCOCK
There is an inconsistency in the next two entries, one appears in one transcription
and the other in two sets of notes.
1816 Dec 17 John STRANGE (x) bac & Mary SEARLE sp botp (also shown as 1817 in a note)
Wits William WEATHERALL and Joseph GLASCOCK
1817 Dec 17 John STRANGE (x) bac & Mary CASBOLT (x) sp botp
1833 Feb 09 Thomas COCK (x) bac & Mary Anne STRANGE (x) sp botp
Wits James WAKELING & James GLASSCOCK
1837 Dec Susannah STRANGE (not shown in transcription but is in a set of notes)
1838 Jul 29 James STRANGE (born William) (x) full age bac s of James lab &
Mary Ann BROWN (x) full age sp d of James dead
Wits John WIFFIN and William SMITH
1842 Apr 09 John COTTAGE full age wdr lab s of John lab &
Martha STRANGE full age sp d of John lab
Wits Stephen COTTAGE and Jemima COTTAGE
1845 Dec 25 Thomas STRANGE s James STRANGE & Sarah LLOYD
1845 Jul 30 Joseph STRANGE s Joseph STRANGE & Rebecca HILL
1853 Jun Martha STRANGE (needs to be investigated)
1872 May 25 Martha STRANGE d Joseph STRANGE & Charles STOCK
Charles - son of Charles Stock & Sarah Cottage; see mention of Cottage below.
1876 Feb 27 Thomas STRANGE s James STRANGE & Mary Ann SWANN
1876 Mar 18 Susannah STRANGE d Thomas STRANGE & Thomas COOK
1878 Oct 20 William STRANGE (x) bach & Susanna CARTWRIGHT (x) sp botp
Wits Harvey CLAYDON & Robert GLASSCOCK
1786 Aug 06 Frances STRANGE
1787 Dec 30 Susanna STRANGE
1793 Nov 20 Sussanah STRANGE d William & Susannah, age 1 year
1821 Jul 08 Joseph STRANGE s John & Mary, infant
1821 Jul 25 James STRANGE s James & Sush, infant
1833 May 15 William STRANGE, age 80 (relict Susanna CARTWRIGHT
1839 May 26 Sussanah STRANGE, wid (of William STRANGE) age 84
1841 Dec 27 James STRANGE age 76
1818 Martha STRANGE (See Anglican record)
1820 Sep 17 Joseph STRANGE s John & Mary
1822 Jul 14 Joseph STRANGE s Jno. & Mary
1824 Nov 14 Sarah STRANGE d John & Mary
1826 May 25 Isaac STRANGE s Jno. & Mary
1828 Aug 28 Elizabeth STRANGE d John & Mary
1830 Sep 26 Isaac STRANGE s John & Mary
Isaac probably married Mary COTTAGE and had children:
John Cottage Ireland STRANGE
Roaslie Ellen STRANGE who married Frank ELLWOOD in 1889
Mary Josoline STRANGE
Lydia A. STRANGE
1832 Jun 17 Jabez STRANGE s Jno. & Mary
1837 Aug 20 Frederick STRANGE s John & Mary
Linton Meeting House
1826 Sarah STRANGE inf
1827 Isaac STRANGE
1832 Jabez James STRANGE s John & Mary inf
1860 Mar 09 John STRANGE
1821 Elizabeth STRANGE 68
1829 John s Thomas & Susan
1833 Mary d Thomas & Susan
1835 Susan d Thomas & Susan
Parish of the Holy Sepulchre
Rachel Ireland H 65 Bedmaker b Linton
Sarah Ireland D 21 At Home b Cambridge
Isaac Strange 21 Errand/Carrier b Linton
at Coffee House
Linton (H0107/66/9, F 13B) - Y/N born in County about the date shown
John STRANGE 50 Ag Lab Y 1791
Mary STRANGE 45 N 1796
Isaac STRANGE 12 Y 1829
Frederick STRANGE 4 Y 1837 (1837 Aug 20)
Linton High Street (H0107/66/10, F 18B)
James STRANGE 60 Lab Y 1781
Susan STRANGE 60 Y 1781 (nee SEAMAN)
Thomas STRANGE 15 Y 1826
Ann STRANGE 12 Y 1829
She also lists a family of COTTAGE and I have seen references to Cottage STRANGE so I
guess this may be a connection as well as there being a STRANGE in the household.
Bull Yard (H0107/66/9, F 16B)
John COTTAGE 30 Ag Lab Y 1811
Mary COTTAGE 10 Y 1831
Rebecca COTTAGE 8 Y 1833
Sarah COTTAGE 6 Y 1835
Martha STRANGE 20 Housekeeper Y 1821
Bartlow Parish HO107/66/4/5
William STRANGE 60 ag/lab born in CAM no
Amey STRANGE 50 " "
Amelia STRANGE 35 cottager " "
Mary STRANGE " yes
Louise STRANGE " "
Amelia STRANGE " "
Linton 208a and 228a
Joseph STRANGE H M 28 Ag Lab Linton 1823
Reb STRANGE W M ?? ?? ????
Maria STRANGE D 4 Linton 1847
Elizabeth STRANGE D 2 Linton 1849
Mary STRANGE D 1 mo Linton 1851
John STRANGE H M 60 Ag Lab Linton 1791
Mary STRANGE W M 56 ESS Newport 1795
Frederick STRANGE S U 14 Linton 1837
John MARSH Lg M 20 Ag Lab Linton 1831
Thomas STRANGE H M 25 Farm Lab Linton 1826
Sarah STRANGE W M 26 Linton 1825
John STRANGE S 2 Linton 1849
Chesterton Rd Chesterton Cambridge
Isaac Strange H 51 Head Master Boat Builder Linton CAM
Mary Strange W 50 Linton
John C I Strange S 18 Boat Builder Cambridge
Rosalie E Strange D 17 Scholar Cambridge
Annie R Strange D 16 Scholar Cambridge
Mary J Strange D 14 Scholar Cambridge
Claudine S Strange D 10 Scholar Cambridge
Lydia A Strange D 9 Cambridge
Parish of St Lukes
29 Chesterton Rd
John C I Strange H 28 Boat Builder Cambridge
Louisa A Strange W 23 Cambridge
Mary J Strange Sister 23 Cambridge
Lydia A Strange Sister 19 Cambridge
24 Trafalgar St
Frederick W Strange H 31 College Servant Cambridge
Alice Strange W 31 Longstanton
Harry Frederick Strange S 5 Chesterton
Hetty Ethel Strange D 3 Chesterton
William Henry Strange D 1 Chesterton
Parish of Chesterton
17 Albert St
John Samuel Strange H 29 Boat Person ( University Servant )
Emma Strange W 22
Rosalie Ellen Strange D 5
John Lewis Strange S 1
Linton RG13 / 1535 Folio 33 page 10
Ecclesiastical& Parish Linton
Hadstock road, Long Lane Linton
Isaac STRANGE Head M 45 House painter Linton
Ellen STRANGE Wife M 47 Linton
Isaac STRANGE Son S 18 Ag Lab Linton
Joseph STRANGE Son S 15 Ag Lab Linton
George STRANGE Son 11 Linton
Richard STRANGE Son 9 Linton
Reuben STRANGE Son 7 Linton
From Jonathan Gray 14 April 2017 - his families and individuals headed up
by William James Strange of Linton c1750-c1833 download
"My grandmother was Claudine Sarah Strange;
I have only just got back to researching the family after an absence
of some years, so am unfamiliar with some of the sourcing. As a
result, you may find that there is some duplication of entries,
for which I apologise, and if you find this to be the case, I would
very much appreciate your correcting any errors or omissions that
you find. In particular, there are a number of entries where I have
not been able to find the family name of a female spouse, so the
program has used the second Christian name of the lady ! Much
of my data has come from the CFHS records; I find them very useful,
though I have come across a number of errors - mainly of duplication
Isaac is reputed in our family to have built one
or more of the early rowing shells for the Cambridge team in the
annual boat race with Oxford, but I have no evidence to support
An additional item is an extract from the CFHS transcriptions
for Linton marriages - 1780-1849:-
1817 Dec 17 STRANGE John (x)
bac SEARLE Mary sp botp
William WEATHERALL Joseph GLASSCOCK
I cannot find any record of the 1816 marriage, but there is a
record of Mary CASBOLT marrying a Joseph PAMMENTER on the 9th Nov
Trawling through the above transcript, I found over 35
marriages in which a CASBOLT was either a male or female partner,
including 3 "Marys" -so it was obviously a pretty big
One or two anomalies:-
1. Baptism date for Isaac Arthur STRANGE:
CD/PR/75a St Luke Chesterton – Baptisms 1869-1899 p6 Jul 5 1874
STRANGE Isaac Arthur of Isaac & Mary of Midsummer Common, boat
builder born 7 Feb age 5 mo
CD/PR/75a St Andrew Chesterton –
Baptisms 1860-1892 p202 Jul 5 1841 STRANGE Isaac Arthur of Isaac
& Mary, of St Andrew’s the Less, Cambridge Boatbuilder
has now been resolved as the entries do indeed appear in both registers
because St Luke
was newly consecrated in 1874 and, when the entries were recorded in an 'unofficial'
register which was just a hard backed notebook, it would appear that the vicar
of the parent church felt a need to regularise the entries by putting them into
the standard format printed registers in use at the time. It is assumed that
the baptism actually took place in St Luke's.
2. Children of Isaac STRANGE and Mary COTTAGE under Linton (Congregational
Baptisms). I have a few more names to add:
Annie Rebecca - Baptism:-
27th January 1867, St Andrew, Chesterton
Claudine Sarah - Baptism:-
17th July 1870, St Andrew, Chesterton
Claudine was my grandmother, and her sister, Mary, was always
known as “Auntie Madge” in our family. I think she must have been
Mary Jesoline in your list.
From your notes, it would seem that
Claudine was Rosalie’s younger sister. So I guess Rosalie was my
great aunt. This must make you and I some sort of cousins !
Vickers - Baptism:- 11th October, 1868, St Andrew, Chesterton
Arthur - 5th July 1874, St Andrew, Chesterton, Address:- Midsummer
Note: Source for all 4: CD/PR/75a Chesterton
I should stress that my files are still very much a “work in
progress”, so please consider them in that light.
Jonathan has conducted a considerable amount of work on the COTTAGE
family so I am delighted to include this research too:
by Generation of Jeffrey Cottage 1626 - ?
From Russell W Ellwood
I am the great great grandson of Isaac STRANGE of Linton/Chesterton in Cambridge. Also referenced here is John
Cottage Ireland STRANGE he took over his boatyard (Stranges Boatyard) in Cambridge and it operated from 1850 to
1950 approximately; hiring out punts to students etc. I have a photo of the boatyard. His daughter, Roslaie Ellen
STRANGE married my great-grandfather Frank ELLWOOD. When Rosalie became pregnant with my grandfather she
went to stay in Tottenham, London; presumably there was a branch of the family there. My grandfather was registered as
William ELLWOOD STRANGE in 1888. Rosalie married Frank ELLWOOD a year later.
From Susan Broadhurst
in Aug 2004
is mainly the Cottage family........have traced them back to Jeffrey Cottey
(Cottage) b.1628 at Blasham, Cambs. We branch off on 5.11.1859 when Lydia
Cottage (b.10.7.1842) in Linton married Robert Dennis b.1840 in Fordham. Lydia
and Robert are my g. grandparents. Lydia Cottage was the daughter of John
Cottage (b.1811) and Martha STRANGE b.1818 (John's second wife). I know
Martha back to William b Circa 1760 and Susannah Cartwright.
The STRANGE family were tied in with the Cottages in another way. Martha's
brother Isaac b.1826 did not bother to look far afield when seeking a bride;
.he kept it in the family. He first married his first cousin Sarah Ireland
(daughter of his mother's sister Rachel and John Ireland). When Sarah
died he married Mary COTTAGE (b.1830) daughter of his brother-in-law John Cottage
and his FIRST wife Rebecca Myson. So......Isaac was first cousin to his first
wife and related by marriage to his second wife. My main areas of interest
Cottage married STRANGE...................Strange
ancestors (Fordham, Cambs
ancestors (Gravesend, Kent)
Addition from Derek Stock:
A marriage at Linton refers to a Martha Strange
and Charles Stock (1872). Charles is the son of Charles Stock
and Sarah Cottage (both born 1817).
From Shaun Montgomery We have a book "The Diaries of Whittlesford"
(Cambridgeshire), compiled and edited by Keith
A Strange. It was first published and printed in Great Britain in 2000 by Maynard + Strange Publishing. It was printed and
bound by Watkiss Studios Limited (Biggleswade) with the typeset by Russell Associates.
From Penny Strange
I have a John Strange b.18 Aug 1813 in Linton, Cambridgeshire (don't know when he died), first child of James Strange
and Susannah Seaman, grandson of William Strange and Susannah Cartwright, all of Linton.
John's siblings were William
Strange, who went to Australia,Mary Ann Strange, James Strange, Thomas Strange and Anna Maria Strange. Full
details are in an RTF file - click
here - Penny says that much is from Russell Ellwood's document so there will
be duplicated information.
From Sheila Strange
I am seeking the birth of James Strange said to have been born Linton CAM c1811/12 in the 1841 Census in Waltham
Cross, (ESS). She says, "I cant find any parents for him, nor can I find his wife Ann".
From Cambridgeshire Baptism Index 1801-1837
Year Surname Forenames Age Parents Parish
1803 STRANGE Sarah - d. of Thomas & Sarah Foxton
1806 STRANGE Thomas - s. of Thomas & Sarah Foxton
1809 STRANGE Sarah - d. of Mary Camb.St.Mary
1806 STRANGE Robert - bb. s. of Mary Camb.St.Mary
1813 STRANGE John 18d s. of James & Susanh. Linton
1813 STRANGE Hannah - d. of Thomas & Sarah Foxton
1813 STRANGE Susan 6w d. of William & Amey Bartlow
1815 STRANGE Mary A. 23d d. of James & Susan Linton
1815 STRANGE Mary 2m d. of William & Amey Bartlow
1817 STRANGE William 15d s. of William & Susannah Linton
1818 STRANGE Martha 2m d. of John & Mary Linton
1819 STRANGE James 11d s. of James & Susannah Linton
1820 STRANGE Joseph 1m s. of John & Mary Linton Congreg.
1822 STRANGE Joseph 2m s. of Jno. & Mary Linton Congreg.
1824 STRANGE Sarah 4m d. of John & Mary Linton Congreg.
1825 STRANGE Thomas 19d s. of James & Susan Linton
1826 STRANGE Isaac 1m s. of Jno. & Mary Linton Congreg.
1828 STRANGE Anna M. 19d d. of James & Susanh. Linton
1828 STRANGE Elizth. 5m d. of John & Mary Linton Congreg.
1829 STRANGE John - s. of Thomas & Susan Royston
1830 STRANGE Isaac 6m s. of John & Mary Linton Congreg.
1830 STRANGE Isaac 6m s. of John & Mary Linton Congreg.
1832 STRANGE Jabez 2m s. of Jno. & Mary Linton Congreg.
1833 STRANGE Mary - d. of Thomas & Susan Royston
1835 STRANGE Susan - d. of Thomas & Susan Royston
1837 STRANGE Frederick 2m s. of John & Mary Linton Congreg.
From Valerie Fairbrass 06 Apr 2005
I seem to have opened up a hornets
nest with my 1861 transcription. The couple in question at 5 Palace Street (and
still resident there in the 1881) are Joseph Thurley (appearing as Humley in
my transcription but the whole entry was very difficult to read) and Mary(nee
Strange), They married June Q 1854 St Pancras 1b 147 While the 1881 only
gives Cambridge as place of birth I had a trawl through the IGI and see that
there are Thurley births at Abington Piggots, Cambridge and also at Bassingbourne,
Cambs (birthplace of Susan, wife of Thomas Strange in this same 1861 entry)