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                                                              MANEA MATTERS


      In 1826 it was the Catherine Wheel Public
      House. Following its sale in 1902 it became
      the Vicarage and at some time it was turned
      into the Cathryn Wheel nursing home. There   “An inquest was held in 1847 in
      was a period when it was left empty before the   the Catherine Wheel regarding
      current owners took over in 2017 and named   the suspected poisoning of a
      it Catherine Wheel House. Comments suggest
      that it was a Hotel at some point.       number of village children.”
      Having trawled through a newspaper archive   research shows a William Sands as licensee
      123 entries for the Catherine Wheel were   1871-1881 and Mrs Sarah Sands in 1888 so I
      found dated between 1826 and 1886, with   believe the Licensee name reported should have
      the majority in The Cambridgeshire Chronicle   been Sands.
      & Journal, Cambridgeshire Independent Press,   One entry referred to an inquest in 1847 held
      and Huntingdon, Bedford, & Peterborough   in the Catherine Wheel regarding the suspected
      Gazette papers.                       poisoning of a number of village children and
      The Catherine Wheel was used as a place for   which was even reported in the London Sun!
      meetings, mainly the Commissioners of the   Whilst there are a few reports, with the mention
      District, and for auctions of land and property.   of arsenic poisoning, the outcome has not been
      In May 1861 the Letting of the Catherine Wheel   found (yet!).
      was included in an entry  and the Carpenters
      Arms was included for sale in July 1854. It was   For further information, questions, comments,
      also noted that at the Chatteris Petty Sessions   or offers of help please contact Martin Hindry
      ‘the Licence of the Catherine Wheel Manea was   using Email:
      transferred to a widow named Sans’. Other   (preferred) or Telephone 01354 680850

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