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3 Bridge Street, Crown Inn, Hoop Inn

History of 3 Bridge Street


Crown Inn

Pevsner notes, nos 3-4 (altered, formerly part of the Hoop Inn, are of 1729. Heads in the keystones of the upper floor.

1798 Map of Cambridge showing Hoop Inn

When the railway was built in Cambridge, John Starkey, owner of the Hoop Inn, licensed refreshment rooms at the station. (Barraclough 2018)

1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge: built in 1729 and towards the middle of the 19th cent. the first floor rooms were panelled.


No. 3 bridge Street built.


This was a major coaching inn. Wordsworth described his arrival in Cambridge in the “Prelude”:

Onward we drove beneath the Castle, caught

While crossing Magdalene Bridge, a glimpse of Cam;

And at the Hoop alighted, famous inn.

1831 – 1850

When owned by the Ekin family, the premises were used by the Union Society during this period


Three hundred electors dined here to celebrate the re-election of Thomas Rice to Parliament.


Site acquired by New Music Hall and Public Rooms Company, Cambridge Ltd. Proposal to erect a thousand seat concert hall was abandoned the next year.


(3) unoccupied

(4) Hoop Hotel

Marianne Palmer, 45, hotel keeper, b Cambridge


Josiah Chater notes that his 8th Cambridgeshire Rifle Corps met at the Hoop Inn on 14th January:

We sat down to supper at half past 8; had hot and cold meats, pies and pastry and everything proper, with ale and waiters included for 2/6d each. It was a very jolly affair, uncommonly well served. After the captain was gone, I took the chair for about half an hour, then left. I only saw one man a little the worse for the punch, 19 bowls of which the officers put upon the table.

Hoop Hotel, Bridge Street c.1870 (MoC162.69)(J Palmer Clarke)


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John Charles, 41, printer compositor, b Cambridge

Mary Ann, 40, b Melbourn

Julia Augusta, 16, shop assistant, b Cambridge

Mary Gertrude, 14, milliner, b Cambridge

Florence Alice, 8, b Cambridge

Henry John [John Henry Victor], 3, b Cambridge

Lilly Ann Dellar, 19, servant, b London

The Charles family had previously lived at 14 Green Street.

(3a) vacant

Hoop Hotel:

Clara Potter, 48, manager, b Suffolk

Ellen Tofts, 23, barmaid, b Cambridge

William East, 20, boots, b Lincs

Frederic Siggers, 17, page, b London


In July John Charles wrote a letter to St John’s College requesting a decision on the matter of a pension for his mother Elizabeth. £10 was paid.



John Charles, printer compositor

Mary Ann Charles

Florence A, 18

John H V, 13, b Cambridge


Hoop Hotel:

Ada Rixon, 25, barmaid, b Northants

Harriet Crook, 25, chambermaid, b Norfolk

William McLennan, 26, boots, b Scotland

Paul Gahn, 20, hotel waiter, b Germany



John Charles, compositor University press

Mary Ann

Mary Gertrude, 34, housework,

Alice Florence, 28, housework,

John Henry Victor, 23, university laboratory assistant,

Helen Farrow, 22, servant, b Cambridge

Edward J Bles, 46, boarder, private means, b Lancs



A Colin Lunn, tobacconist and cigar maker

John Charles, compositor

3a: Banham & Benton, tailors & robe and breeches makers


The Charles family moved to 51 Owlstone Road, Newnham


1935 Cambridge Daily News


(3a) Fatstock Marketing Corporation Ltd

3 & 3a Bridge Street

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Fired Earth plc
2010-current Artique Galleries Ltd


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