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Oyster House, Garlic Row

History of Oyster House, Garlic Row

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: Oyster House, on the SW side of Garlic Row, some 233 yards from Newmarket Road, of two storeys with cellars and attics, has walls of red brick, except where rebuilt in Gault brick, and slate covered roofs. It is a building of the early 18th century and stands near the middle of the site of Stourbridge Fair. …. It is associated with the feast succeeding the ceremony of proclaiming Stourbridge Fair by the University Registrary described by Henry Gunning (Reminiscences of Cambridge (1885)) and thereafter with the Court House during the Fair.

Garlic Row was also described in conjunction with Stourbridge Fair by Edward Ward, ‘A Step to Stur-Bitch Fair, with Remarks upon the University of Cambridge‘, The London Spy, 1700:

From these Booths I went strait up a Hill, and came into a very handsome Street call’d Garlick Row, where the slit-deal Tenements were occupied by Sempstresses, perfumers, Milleners, Toy-men, and Cabinetmakers; and is chiefly frequented by Powder’d Beaus, Bushy-Wig’d Blockheads, Country Belfa’s, and Beautiful Bury ladies … This Place terminates in a Place call’d originally Cooks Row, but now more properly Cuckolds Row ….

1913: The Old Oyster House, Garlic Row, Newmarket Road

Henry Brown, caretaker

1962: not listed



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