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36 Bridge Street (The Tabbard / The Marquis of Granby)

History of 36 Bridge Street

For more detailed history of this site see T E Faber, An Intimate History of St Clement’s parish, 2006

West of Bridge Street in the Nineteenth Century

This estate including no. 37 was acquired by St John’s in three separate transaction, and it was shared by at least three people c. 1210 and also c. 1540.

1536 – 1543: Geoffrey Rankyn was paying Barnwell Priory 4s p.a. for a tenement called le Tabere. (It is possible that at some stage the Tabere / Tabbard was actually on the site of no. 37)

1543: Geoffrey left to Gerard Rankyn, his nephew ‘ my mansion house or tenement called the tabert’.

1609: death of Thomas Cropley; he left to his wife and son Luke ‘the Tabere… which I purchased of my brother-in-law Mr Christopher Hodson.

c. 1690: The ‘Talbott’ held by Mr Riches

1735: bought by William Tassell, merchant, from the widow of John Craske of Bury St Edmund’s. It was then a common inn called the Tabberd also the Talbot, occupied by John Carr, Francis Jermin and Thomas Jermin

1777: William Tassell and his wife Rose sold estate to Samuel Francis. A document refers to, ‘The Tabbard, now called the Marquis of Granby.’ Occupied by John Harison, Charles Martindale (Tassell’s son in law) and William Tassell.

1787: Samuel Francis sold Marquis of Granby (no. 36) to Alderman John Forlow and (No. 37) to Richard Wallis, miller and mealman.

1838: Granby, now a public house rather than an inn, passed to Francis Eaden

1867: sold by John Eaden to William Potts

1877: Potts, who owned the Anchor Brewery on Quayside, died and left all his property to ‘ Elizabeth the widow of my late son John, to whom I was married in 1865 and who has lived with me as my wife.’

1895: Anchor brewery was sold to the Star Brewery and the Granby was sold with it

1898: acquired by St John’s on a lease back basis


Annie Hovey, 59, widow, publican, b London

William, 24, clerk college, b London

Herbert, 22, clerk college, b London

Beatrice, 19, b Peterborough

Edith, 18, clerk college, b Peterborough

Dora, 16, b Peterborough

Bismarck Norman, boarder, 19, mail driver postal services, b Over

David Silk, boarder, 48, mail driver postal services, b Cambs


The Marquis of Granby

Annie Hovey



Cambridge & District Coop Society

(36a) E D James

(36b) Herbert Crook

(36c) Rossiter



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