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Looking west towards Glaziers' Arms at western end of King Street.

1, (21), (104 – 105) King Street, King’s Arms, Royal Arms Public House, Glaziers Arms

History of 21 King Street


William Austin, beer seller

James Creek (Pigot’s Directory)


In 1851, Thomas King Fletcher was living in King’s Court. In 1853 he is described in the press as the keeper of the King’s Arms in King Street.


Thomas Fletcher (Slater’s Directory)


(104) Maria Kidd, 73, formerly cook, b Essex

(105) Glaziers Arms

William Austin, 57, glazier and painter, b Cambridge


(104) Burbage

(105) Glaziers Arms


Robert William Watson (Kellys Directory)


John Weeds (Kellys Directory)




Reuben William [Whiffin] Hawkes (Kellys Directory)

Reuben was the eldest son of William James Hawkes of Garden Walk and 107 Victoria Road.


Reuben Hawkes (Spalding Directory)


Reuben Whiffin [Hawkes] (Kellys Directory)

ML noted in 2024: “There was a photograph with Uncle Reuben wearing a brass helmet – I believe he was a volunteer fireman. He was a publican – kept a pub in King Street (Royal Arms) where I remember visiting with Auntie Hannah*. They’d let me go up to the Club Room where I was allowed to “bang about” on the piano.  There was a picture on the wall above the piano – it was ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ – I would have been about 3 or 4 at the time** .  He moved from King Street to Chesterton Road (Mitcham’s Corner – ‘The Jolly Waterman’.  Stan and I held our wedding reception there in 1937.
* Auntie Hannah – Reuben’s sister (a seamstress making shirts) would visit her brother in King St on her way home from delivering shirts to Bodger’s shop
** the age memory fits with date given on this page recording Reuben at The Royal Arms in 1904 – my mother was born in 1911.


Frederick Charles Crane (Kelly’s Directory)


(21) Royal Arms P H

Royal Arms, King Street (MoC 24/92/70)


Corner House, 1 King Street, 1970 (MoC12/89/70)


(1) Cambridge Brew House


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