The 18th Century was a period of consolidation for the Bedford Estate. Tenant Farmers came, and went. The farms were, basically, controlled by the Earl's Agent who lived in Thorney. Records in the Museum show the quarterly changes to tenancies and directions as to which crops each tenant was allowed to grow.

Several buildings were erected about the Village Green during this period. Some of them may have been built over the foundations of the old monastery buildings.

There are examples around the village of 18th century cottages and buildings. These are mainly in Church Street, Abbey Place and the part of Wisbech Road opposite the Rose and Crown pub.

The Museum holds exhibits of artifacts found in the surrounding area from
this period.