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Guildhall Street looking north towards Guildhall circa 1960 (MoC)

Guildhall Street (Butcher’s Row)(South & East Side)

History of Guildhall Street (East Side)

Guildhall Street was previously known as Butcher’s Row.

Map of Cambridge in 1800 pub. by Historic Towns Trust


1 Butcher Row:

William Bond, 42, grocer, b Cambridge

Anne, 40

Anne, 14

Henry, 7

Thomas Hallack, brother in law, 45, grocer, b Cambridge

Charles Whichello, 28, grocer’s assistant, b Bourn

Walter Bennett, 26, grocer’s assistant

George Havill, 24, grocer’s assistant

Phebe Howell, 31, domestic servant

Susan Wright, 25, domestic servant

Melia Ridley, visitor, 19, governess.

The Whichello family came from Bourn and are mentioned in William Farrington‘s diary circa 1858.

See Hallack and Bond entries.

2/4/1899 The Red Cow Inn concert hall, Guildhall Street, Cambridge. Special engagement for six nights of Miss Sadie St John, comedienne and dancer; Miss Gracie White, serio and dancer and Mr G. Kent, comedian and mimic. American bowling saloon now open.  (Cam.News)


Harry Swan, Red Cow Inn

H C Webb, corn and seed merchant



Whitehead and Todd, solicitors

Fabb and Tyler Ltd, paper warehouse

6. Sidney Charles Stamp, bioscope operator

9. Francis Lupson

10. A Ransome, Colour-Sergeant, Army Recruiting Officer

11. C H Webb, hotel porter

12. Harry Webb, cabdriver

13. Alfred Marsh, assistant at Guildhall

14. Harry Gets, journeyman butcher

15. George Whatnell, cabinet maker

16. Frank Hewett, painter

17 & 18. stables

19. James Tuck

John Witt

20 & 21. John Tomlin, Cardinal’s Cap

(East side from south end)

22. Wm Maskell, laboratory assistant

23. James R Taylor, horsekeeper

24. –

Fabb and Tyler Ltd, ‘Cambridge Review’ and general printing office

7. Joseph J Newman, billiard rooms

8. William Widdows, Black Swan

9. William Thomas May, The Lamb Inn

Recruiting House for Army and Navy

10 & 11. Morley & Co, wholesale and retail wine and spirit ,erchant

12. A R Nichols, butcher

Here is Petty Cury

Guildhall Street (MoC)

4/6/1914:  An alarming accident happened in Petty Cury. Outside Mr A.E. Nichol’s shop at the comer of Guildhall Street there are large incandescent globes suspended. One of these globes, which was
illuminated, suddenly collapsed and struck the pavement with an alarming crash. The street was crowded at the time and it was marvellous that no one was hurt. The globe fell at the feet of a bystander who luckily was not injured, though glass was scattered in all directions (Cam.News)

14/7/1924 Cambridge is shortly to lose a rendezvous which has become very popular in the years succeeding the war. I refer to the “Dug-Out” which, with the Black Swan public house next door (in Guildhall Place) has been sold to the University Catholic Association. It is their intention to transform the premises into a centre for Roman Catholic undergraduates

The Cardinal’s Cap in Guildhall Place seen from the yard of the Lion Hotel. Inn was demolished in 1927. (MoC159/57)

4/9/1930: A Cambridge women told the court she had locked the door of her home at no.5 Guildhall Place but left the front window unfastened to allow her son to get in during the night. She was awakened by her estranged common-law husband who had got in and was flourishing a revolver. He said it was a dummy revolver loaded with blank cartridges and explained they had lived together for 14 years until she took up with a new man. (Cam.News)

19/8/1932 John Austin Fabb started in business as a printer, moving to Guildhall Street in 1881 and Corn Exchange Street in 1920. He printed the Cambridge Review from its inception in 1879 and conceived the idea of a list of Resident Members of the University in 1 890. During the war he compiled seven editions of the list of Cambridge University men on active service. He was a prominent Freemason and founded the York Street Sick Club. (Cam.News)

East side of Guildhall Street: drawing by Slim Smith from The Lion Yard (1974)

On the far left is Fisher House, overhanging the pavement. Next to it is the arcaded ‘Dugout’, a First World War cafe. In 1920 it was the proposed site for a new cinema, as the Lion Yard became more and more firmly the social centre of the town. Instead it became ‘the Dugout Assembly Rooms.’ The terrace of three small houses in the middle of the picture, with small front and back gardens, was built about 1800. … On the right is the end of the Cardinal’s Cap. (The Lion Yard, Cambridge History Agency 1974)

Guildhall Place: drawing by Slim Smith from The Lion Yard (1974)

This was the yard of the Cardinal’s Cap Inn and had two houses. On the left is the inn. presumably founded for the Reformation. The house to the right was lived in by a don until WWII. The inn survived until 1927; the other houses were demolished in the early 1970s.

1936, Blue Book


East Side

1. Abbott’s Cambridge Tourist Centre

1. Burnett Bureau Employment Centre

University Roman Catholic Chaplaincy [the Black Swan pub was converted to form the chaplaincy by the architect Jack Arnold Crush]

8.  Cambridge University Fisher Society

9. Robinson and Gilbert Ltd estate developers

10 & 11. Morley and Co wine merchants


East Side

1 Cambridge Central Aid

1 Cambridge Advice bureau

1 Moden Craft Gift Shop

University Roman Catholic Chaplaincy

8. Cambridge University Fisher Society

10. Ken Stevens Musical Instruments

Guildhall Street c.1970 (MoC 209/70)

Guildhall Place 1970 (MoC203/70)

The Cardinal’s Cap, Guildhall Place (MoC159.57)

Guildhall Place (MoC201/70)


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