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28 Bridge Street, the Greyhound, the Griffin

History of 28 Bridge Street

1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge: no evidence remains to suggest that the building is earlier that the late 18th or early 19th cent date of the mansard roofs. Inside , in one of the upper rooms, is an early 19th cent. cast-iron grate of elaborate design.

Early history about the property can by found in T E Faber, An Intimate History of St Clement’s, 2006.

1547 ‘John Richardson bayliff’ living at no. 28. In his will of 1549 he says that ‘my howse called the Greyhound in Clement parish’ suggesting it was in use as an inn.

Properties on the corner of Bridge Street and Thompson’s Lane

1567 William Lyne I, son of John Lyne, owns not only no. 27 the Griffin, but also no. 28.

1590 no. 27 sold by Lyne family to Lambert Dampes. Business and name of the Griffin at no. 27 transferred to no.28.

1602 leased by Widow Simpson

1623 leased by Andrew Boardman

1662-4 home of Thomas Sowersby. He was a prosperous corn merchant but had been an inn-keeper as a young man. He rented the Anchor from the Tabors and paid Hearth Tax for the Crow or the Peacock.

1699 death of Christopher Greene the Elder. He left a freehold inn by the name of the Griffin to his grandson Christopher Russell.

19th cent: home of Joseph Lawrence and family. Two of Jospeh’s daughters were teachers and they ran a ‘ladies school; in the house. Until 1887 it was the business address of Joseph Lawrence and Sons, seedsmen who diversified into coke, coal and Portland cement.


Joseph Lawrence, 63, corn and coal merchant, b Cambridge


Skeels Bros, cycle makers

Herbert D Roff, lodging house keeper

1962 –


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