business and industry










clothing/shoe factory






steam house


steam house

The last entry for Cottingham in the 1901 Census is the Fendick family. The manuscript entry is difficult to read, but is along the lines of 'Corby Road, sleeping on land with steam round - abouts'. Head of the family, William Fendick, works on his own account as 'proprietor of Steam House'. As the Fendick's census return was not collected at the same time as the rest of Corby Road, we can deduce that the steam house was located further up the road, away from the centre of the village. 


I'm not absolutely sure what this steam house was used for, but it may have housed some kind of steam-driven engines, powered by coal. Steam-powered engines were invented at the start of the 18th Century and, by 1900, were widely used for running machinery, pumping water/draining flood areas, textile production and even generating electricity.


Is it possible that this entry refers to the windmill, and that the windmill was powered by steam for a time?


I'd be really grateful for any more information about this. 

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