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47 & 48 Bridge Street, 1938 by L Cobbett

48 Bridge Street

History of 48 Bridge Street

West of Bridge Street in the Nineteenth Century

For more detailed information see: T E Faber, An Intimate History of St Clement’s Parish, 2006.

Cok the Jew. The property would have escheated to Queen Eleanor following her exile of the Jews from Cambridge [and other towns] in January 1275.

c. 1275-1279: Sabina Hubert. Rent of smaller part of property granted to her by William, son and heir of Cecily Corde. Larger part of property granted to Nicholas Bernard after escheated to queen, but had passed to Stephen Toli by 1279.

14th cent: plot of Cok the Jew granted by king to Nicholas de Empyton

Sir John de Cambridge

Thomas de Cambridge

1604 Edward Parker, owned freehold

c. 1610 Edward Parker died and left house to his friend Alderman Robert Wallis. Later bought by John Badcock (see no. 49 Bridge Street)

1634 death of John Badcock. Son, John Badcock II may have lived at no.48. Mother and widow, Anne, lived at no.49.


Francis William Bell, 31, ironmonger, b Cambridge


Maude Acland, 36, university lodging house keeper, b Surrey

Elsie, 12, b Granchester

Elizabeth Catten, 17, servant, b Suffolk


Percy C Frohock, draper and hosier

Wm John Dodds


Thomas Ronald Martin, motor car hire

Cambridge & District Coop Soc Ltd

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Antiquarians may regret the disappearance of some of the older buildings, in particular the picturesque dormers at St John’s Street corner. No.48 is quite a good one. It is notable for the rings under the eaves of the roof. Before the Co-operative Society, Percy Frohock had it as a shop. The buildings beyond formed the front of the Old Red Lion with the entrance in the yard between. Of late years only a small part of the premises was used as a tavern. Dick Turpin is said to have frequented the Old Red Lion. We shall be sorry to see these picturesque gables disappear [J.H. Bullock. Bridge Street – Cambridge Public Library Record, 1939]


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