Capturing Cambridge
  • search
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Downing Street circa 1902

Downing Street / Landgrythes Lane

History of Downing Street

Downing Street follows the route of the 14th century Landgrythes Lane (see Outside the the Barnwell Gate, rev H P Stokes, 1915, Cambridge Antiquarian Society). At the western end it met Trumpington Road at the Trumpington Gate; at the eastern end it met Hadstock Way (St Andrew’s Street, Regent Street, Hills Road) at the corner where the Bird and Bolt inn was. opposite Blackfriars Monastery.

Other early names it was known by  include Dowdivers Lane (Deus Dewers Lane, Duzedewers Lane, etc) and Langreth Lane, or Langer Lane. Later names are ‘the lane from the Mills to Emmanuel’, Hoghill Lane, Bird-bolt Lane and Pembroke Street.

Downing Street, probably south side east end corner with St Andrew’s Street


Do you have any information about the people or places in this article? If so, then please let us know using the Contact page or by emailing

Dear Visitor,


Thank you for exploring historical Cambridgeshire! We hope you enjoy your visit.


Did you know that we are a small, independent Museum and that we rely on donations from people like you to survive?


If you love Capturing Cambridge, and you are able to, we’d appreciate your support today.


Every donation makes a world of difference.


Thank you,

The Museum of Cambridge