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20 Bridge Street / The Salutation

History of 20 Bridge Street

For detailed information on this site see T E Faber, An Intimate History of St Clement’s, p.53 (2006).

There was a public house house on this site known as the Salutation. It is referred to in an 18th cent. issue of the Cambridge Chronicle.

1667-1700 Edward, later Jane, Medcalfe for Salutation in 1672-74

1752-1856 Salutation listed continuously

1807 William Irish owned freehold

1833 freehold passed to Joseph irish of Tottenham

1853 sold by William Irish to Edward Rist Lawrence (who also owned the site of the Blackmoor Head) for £610 19s. Salutation described as unoccupied but ‘late in the tenure of Messrs Nash and Co, brewers.’ Nash and Co were wound up in 1852.


George Dewberry, 31, boot and shoe maker, b Essex


George Dewberry, boot and shoemaker. He later moved to 44 Sidney Street.

1876 death of Edward Lawrence. For the executor’s sale this site was divided into two lots numbered 3 and 4. Lot  3 was the old Salutation which consisted of a shop on the corner, a house belonging to the shop which faced over the churchyard, and an adjoining north-facing tenement occupied by a flyman called Topham. Lot 4 consisted of three other small north facing tenements. They were occupied in 1876 from west to east by Dampeir, Randall and Jones. Both lots were bought by the fishmonger William Barton. He replaced the tenements with what became Nos 1 and 2 Portugal Place.

1883 corner house and shop sold to James Wilson, tobacconist

1884 Nos 1 and 2 Portugal Place sold to a fish-monger


George Thomas Wilson, cigar merchant and tobacconist

Mrs Chapman


G T Wilson, tobacconist, confectioner

In 1981 Paul Carter remembered that Wilsons, run by Mr Matthews, used to sell 10 assorted cigarettes for 2d, including Turkish and Russian ones.

Pawnbroker’s Balls, 20 bridge Street


Morleys, pawnbrokers


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