Half Moon Inn, Quayside
Half Moon and Quayside
Plot (1) on map. Information from T E Faber, An Intimate History of St Clement’s Parish, 2006.
1279: site probably tenanted by Richard Seman
1500: lease granted by Barnwell priory to John Hedynglay, brewer and burgess of Cambridge
1538: William Browne is tenent of the ‘king’s tenement’ and pays Barnwell priory 12s p.a.
c.1545. Probably at about the same time as he acquired the lease of Tassell’s garden, Miles Prance had bought the plot at (2) and c.1548 bought the four old chantry cottages nearby and set about building the inn that became the Half Moon on plot (1). This was completed in 1552. Prance was probably already in possession of old 32 Bridge Street
1580: Miles Prance died and left the Half Moon to his son John.
1595: lease to John Coventry
1604: John Prance leased to Thomas Whiteside, a capital messauge ‘ containing in the dwelling house 3 nether rooms with a buttery leaning to the kitchen and fyve sollars all tiled.’
1618: leased to Richard Ashbye
1628: Magdalene College bought Half Moon from Simon Prance.
1635: leased to Nicholas Coventyr or his widow
1665: leased to John Allen, waterman. John was the son of Richard Allen I who ran several inns in Cambridge circa 1660.
1667: leased to George Kilby
1763: leased to Deborah Sparkes
1782: leased to Thomas Whittred