Marlborough Cottage was home to Thomas Hancock, a self-taught manufacturing engineer who is credited with founding the British rubber industry. His house was on the east side of Green Lanes about 200 yards south from the junction with Seven Sister's Road.
After Hancock's death in 1865, apparently his daughter continued to occupy the house. In 1879, the following advert was placed in the Gardener's Chronicle:
WANTED, a hard-working, experienced GARDENER and COACHMAN. who can Milk, to live on the premises. A middle-aged, married man without family preferred ; another man kept. — Apply by letter to Miss HANCOCK, Marlborough Cottage, Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London.
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