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Fort St George

History of Fort St George, Midsummer Common

This Grade II listed building dates in part from the 16th century. It was supposed to bear a resemblance to the East India Company’s Fort St George at Madras, India

Fort St George Ferry

The Fort St George ferry was probably the busiest of all the river crossings, running from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In the 1920s the fare was halfpenny each way. A bridge replaced it in 1927.

Fort St George footbridge, opened 1927. Picture 1928 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

Wikipedia article at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_St_George_In_England

1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge: the walls are of plastered timber-framing in part refaced or rebuilt in brick; the roofs are tiled. It was built in the 16th cent. on a T-shaped plan, the cross range having been to the S. … sketch dated 1827 in the inn shows that it stood on an island between the river and a cut to a lock close SE.

Enid Porter in Cambridgeshire Customs and  Folklore p223 described the traditional games of ringing the Bull still played at the time at the Fort St George and the Blue Ball in Grantchester.

A iron ring, about 2 inches in diameter is suspended from the ceiling some distance in front of an iron hook fixed in the wall at a height of about 6 feet from the floor.

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