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39 Bridge Street, the Griffin

History of 39 Bridge Street

West of Bridge Street in the Nineteenth Century

1483-1524: the Griffin appears in documents of rent. Also in the wills of Walter Hewke (1518), Thomas Farowe (1540) and John Lyne (1558).

1483: Edmund Damay paid 1d rent

1513/14: by this year William Stevenson paid rent, and then Hankyn Ancell.

1514: around this year Walter Hewke paid Councillor Hankyn Ancell £100 for the Griffin. Intention was to give the property to the college, Trinity Hall, of which he had been Master since 1512. He entertained the fellows of Trinity Hall to dinner there and died afew weeks later. In his will property left to the college.

c. 1537-8: Trinity Hall sold the property to Thomas Farowe. He also leased The Bull in the same parish.

1540: Thomas Farowe left the pub to his wife and son in his will.

1545-1553: pub in hands of Mathew or Martha Bradburne.

1554-1558: rent paid by John Lyne and in 1558/9 by his widow. They seemed to have become the freeholders.

1559-1565: let to Henry Searle

1565: William Lyne took over and the Lyne family retained their interest in the estate until c. 1617.

circa 1688 the Griffin moved to no. 38 Bridge Street

1688: Christopher Green split estate but the two parts were reunited in 1706 and passed to Edward Green of Hinxton

1795: nos 39-41 sold to Charles Finch I, ironmonger. Most of the yard was used as a foundry.

1861: Foundry property sold by Swan Hurrell to St John’s College for £4,000.

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