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30 Bridge Street / the Peacock

History of 30 Bridge Street

1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of Cambridge: built in the first half of the 18th cent. The ground and first floors have been altered. The street-front, of brickwork faced with stucco, has a shop-window of c. 1900 occupying the whole of the ground floor and a large window of c. 1840 on the first floor.

c.1355: the property was given to St John’s hospital

1356: John of St Neots 13s paid to St John’s hospital

1365/7: John Brynne 16s

1371: John of St Neots 16s

1490/91: John Shomaker 20s

1526/7: 18s paid to St John’s by John Odylyng

1649: St John’s grant lease of no.30 to John Hills (lease of no. 29 granted to John Hills in 1652)

1666: John Hills has by now transferred leases to son-in-law Nicholas Tabor I

1668: leases on both properties renewed

Both properties were in use as inns in the 17th cent. Occupied by two brothers, Moses and William Griggs. Moses married in St Peter’s in 1648, his second wife in St Clement’s in 1678, buried in Clement’s 1687. William married in St Peter’s in 1652 but had three children christened at St Clement’s.

1677: Nicholas I died and his will mentions two houses which must be nos. 29 and 30, namely, ‘the Crowe wherin lyeth Moses Griggs and the Peacock wherein lyeth …. Griggs.’

1683: Nicholas II renews leases. [likely that confusion in identities of properties happened]

1700: lease granted by Corpus to Edmund Glenister of Royston with Andrew Riches as occupant at no.30

1874: when colleges had to declare the property in Cambridge they owned, Corpus declared no. 30 and St John’s declared no. 29. However, there was clearly some confusion between the colleges as to the identity of the properties concerned!

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1878: Corpus sold property

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1913:

J & H Armstead, clothiers and outfitters

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1962:

Mrs Gibson

Bombay Restaurant (A Hashim)

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