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47 Bridge Street, 1937(Cambridgeshire Collection)

46 / 47 Bridge Street, (the White Swan / Red Lion)

History of 47 Bridge Street

West of Bridge Street in the Nineteenth Century

c. 1275: Nicholas Childman

1483 John Bell (I) bought land next to his tenement le Swanne.

1525 death of Simon Rankyn. In his will the house is ‘called the sign of the Swan’.

1530 Geoffrey Rankyn, Simon’s executor, let a tenement, inn and brewhouse called the White Swan [in St Clement’s]’ to Richard Hardwicke.

1536 property sold to Richard Harwicke for £60.

1545 left to his daughter Lucy and her uncle, Thomas Hardwicke of Yorkshire let it in 1559 to John Snoden.

1564 sold to William Hodson brewer in 1564.

1565 sold to Thomas Paris.

1571 sold by Paris and Hodson for £150 to Thomas Hodilowe and his wife Joan.

1573 Hodilowes sold it to St John’s. The college seems to have then let the inn but kept the brewhouse under its own management until 1609.

1573 inn in tenure of William Munnes and John Sawood. rent £4 10s p.a.

c. 1597: inn leased by Thomas Smith, the University Megistrary.

1606 James Tabor, successor University Registrary, took over lease of inn.

1606-77 lived in by Tabors; not in Lent Book and no longer an inn

1609 brewhouse leased to Anne Cropley

1614 brewhouse leased to Robert Lukin.

1616 brewhouse leased to Thomas Jackson, tailor.

1632 Tabor granted a new lease to inn.

1636 Tabor renting inn and brewhouse.

1672-74 not listed in Victuallers’ Book

1707/8 Nicholas Tabor II becomes leaseholder. Swan is renamed Red Lion about this time.

1752-67 Not listed in Victuallers’ Book

1768-1856 Old Red Lion listed continuously

1782 earliest reference to Red Lion but there was a Swan on Quayside by 1723.

1783 William Coulson, publican (records of the Parish of St Clement)

occupied by Thomas Nutting

1803 estate contained ‘Red Lion Public House’, granaries, two messuages, a coal yard with chambers over it, and stables which were sub-let.

Renamed ‘Old Red LIon’ and remained in business under that name until c. 1908.

1830 Samuel Bouttell (Pigot’s)

1839 William Watts (Pigot’s)

1851 William Watts (Gardner’s)

1852 William Watts (Slaters)


Alice Watts, publican, widow, 63, b Cambridge
Emma Evans, servant, 16, b Cambridge
James Phillips, lodger, tobacconist, 22, b Grantchester

1867 John Stokes (Mathieson’s)

1869 John Stokes (Post Office Directory)


Walter Houston, publican, 35, b Scotland
Elizabeth E Houston, 37, b London
James A Carrick, lodger, BA Cambridge Univ, 41, b Liverpool
Josiah Munsey, lodger, cricketer, 35, b Cambridge

1878 Henry Warrington, publican (Spalding’s)

1879 J P Warrington, (Post Office Directory)


James P Warrington, college servant & publican, 38, b Cambridge
Elizabeth Warrington, 33, b Cambridge
Harry Warrington, 9, b Cambridge
Ellen M Warrington, 8, b Cambridge
Percy J Warrington, 4, b Cambridge
Frank W Warrington, 2, b Cambridge
Gertrude E Warrington, 8 month, b Cambridge
Sarah Starling, servant, 16, b Oldham

1888 J P Warrington (Kellys Directory)


George Philip Philo, 46, furniture designer and cabinet maker also pattern maker, b Cambridge

Jessie, 38, b Cambridge

Margaret, 14, b Cambridge

Philip John, 13, b Cambridge

George Gergus Mark, 8, b Cambridge

Owen, 6, b Cambridge

Hilda, 5, b Cambridge

Jessie Ferguson, 3, b Cambridge

Mabel Dellar, 25, housemaid, b Oakington

Rachel Smith, 19, housemaid, b Cambridge


G P Philo, furniture maker and designer

1936, Blue Book


(47) Biggs the florist


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