Celebrating 68 years with CHS…
Mr Fordham is a direct link to CHS’s first homes at Green End Road. His parents-in-law Mr and Mrs Hurst moved into 9 Green End Road in 1927 where the rent was 5/6d per week. Their daughter, Edna married Leonard Fordham. After having their first child, the young family had to share a bedroom in her parents’ home. They were expecting their second child and there was no room for another cot, as the third bedroom at Green End Road was occupied by Mrs Fordham’s three adult brothers.
CHS were able to move Mr and Mrs Hurst in to a council house, so Mr and Mrs Fordham and their children finally had a home of their own in November 1949. Mr Fordham worked for the Cambridge locksmiths, Robert Dent, then based in King Street, on a weekly wage of £6.10. He worked on the exterior clock at the original Langdon House and also took part in CHS’s 65th anniversary celebrations.
Mrs Fordham died in 1995 and in 2016, finding it difficult to manage on his own, Mr Fordham moved to CHS’s residential care home, Langdon House. Mrs Fordham was a CHS tenant for 68 years, and Mr Fordham celebrates his 68th anniversary with CHS this year. Mr Fordham has three children, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with two more on the way.