Wilburton couple get married
Life of Mr John Layton ( part 1)
John was born in Coveney in 1921 and moved to Wilburton with his family when he was six years old and lived on Haddenham hill. He went to the old village school and later worked at a farm next door to the chapel for Mr William Everett doing general farm work included milking and thatching. As a boy he attended the Anglican church ,but later moved to the BaptistChurch. He was baptised at the same time as Gwen Harris and Jean Warren and became a member and a regular worshipper at the church here where he was married in September 1948. He and Ruby had three daughters Ruth , Anthea and Susan and now have 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. During the war he was an active member of the Home Guard and delighted in telling stories of his escapades. After working for a short time for his father-in-law he took over his father-in-laws land and became self employed, gradually developing a smallholding by acquiring additional land. He kept chickens and upto 50 breeding sows. He built chicken huts himself with the help of family and friends even taking Orange boxes to pieces for the nesting boxes. The piggeries on Station Road were built with secondhand wood again under his own direction . The smallholding went on to support a farm shop with customers coming from far and wide including celebrities such as Clement Freud . Michael Hunt and Henry Cecil, the Newmarket racehorse trainer. Police from Hendon called regularly every week when they were training in this area. John was a well-known buyer at the local markets at Cambridge Ely and Wisbech, and he was always on the lookout for a bargain.