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30 – 31 Green Street, Stag’s (Stagg’s) Head Inn

History of 30 - 31 Green Street


The Independent Chapel was opened at the rear of the Stagg’s Head public house. Ity was founded by Independent Congregationalists. They were joined in 1696 by Presbyterians who opposed the reforms of Joseph Hussey and left the chapel in Downing Place, then called Hogg Hill. These new Presbyterians persuaded the existing Congregationalist congregation to become Presbyterians as well.

18th century

Stag’s Head Inn.

In 1721 there was a split in the congregation of the chapel. Some joined the Baptists in the chapel in ‘the Stone Yard’ in St Andrew’s Street. The remaining members reverted to Congregationalism and as ‘Independents’ continued for over a century.


Congregation of the chapel so depleted that remainder of lease offered to Methodist Fitzroy Street Society.

Chapel opened for Wesleyan Methodism. Access to the site behind the pub was considered rather obscure but the chapel flourished. Membership in 1841 was 122 and in. 1845, 300. A new chapel was built in Hobson Street largely driven by the enthusiasm of Charles Vinter.

The premises were next used by the University Union Society and then by the ‘Albert Institute‘, a social club promoting religious instruction and healthy recreation among young men. It was lead by Ernest Boys of Jesus College and others such as Gerald Cobb, Rev Charles Kingsley, Dr Westcott and Dr H R Lugard.

It was next occupied by the ‘Reform Club’, a Radical political society.



Stephen Robinson, 67, tailor, b Cambridge


John Ayton, 33, publican, b Suffolk



Benjamin Hart, 35, bookbinder, b Cambridge

see Bookbinding & Printing


George Smith Rose, 28, cork manufacturer, b Norwich



J B Hawes, bookbinder


George Rose, cork manufacturer


Stoakley & sons, bookbinders


Eaden Lilley, grocers





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