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21 St Andrew's Street in 1922 (Cambridge Collection)

21 St Andrew’s Street / The Chalice

History of 21 St Andrew's Street

In medieval times this property, long called ‘The Chalice’, was the property of Corpus Christi College. It was sold and then given to Emmanuel by Dr Harvey in 1584. Other nearby houses were purchased by Emmanuel at the beginning of the 17th century from a prominent Cambridge citizen called Wolfe. Other property in the vicinity was at one time in the possession of Thomas Bracebridge, a well known yeoman-bedell. There is a large coat of arms on the facade, under which is the sign of the Chalice.

It was the Chalice Inn by 1578 until 1616/37. When the property was being researched by Rev H P Stokes one of the occupants 1910-12 was Rev Fredrick George Walker, secretary to the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. This suggests that the Chalice sign might have been self-conscious antiquarian statement.

This an some of the following notes is taken from the Grand Arcade Archaeological Excavation Report (2019)

The archaeology suggests three phases of occupation of the site: midC15- midC16, earlyC14 – midC15, and midC12 to earlyC14.

1029: timber boards from an oak tree felled in this year, well and cesspit.

Mid12th-earlyC14: wattle lined well and cesspit within timbered building. Thetford and St Neot’s type ware jars.

Mid14th-mid15th: wattle-lined well as well as two water filled features possibly used for soaking cattle horns or retting flax.

MidC15-midC16: two water filled features found that had upright ladders left in them when they were backfilled.

c.1723 -1815:

Headley family of tallow chandlers and grocers. The Grand Arcade excavations interesting debris in wells and soakaways on this site that was probably debris from the inn. Evidence of tea, coffee and a clay pipe, therefore tobacco. All of these sold from the Headley grocery shop. Evidence of cucumber seeds and also grains-of-paradise, a West African member of the ginger family. There is no evidence at this site of chocolate cups but these were found elsewhere. The pipe was produced however by Samuel Wilkinson at 11 Sidney Street.


Edward Jay, 43, merchant, b Herts

Edward Jay Junior, 16, b Cambridge

Frank, 9, b Cambridge

Marianne Dockerill, visitor, 46, proprietor of houses, b Hunts

Emma Wandly, 29, independent, b Upwell

Denny Melbourn, servant, 60, b Herts

James baker, 31, assistant grocer, b Melbourn



James Baker, 41, grocer formerly hop and seed merchant, b Melbourn

Ann Elizabeth, 39

Edward Jay, partner in trade, 26, corn shop and seed merchant, b Cambridge

Martha Haughton, 16, servant, b Bourn



James Baker, 51, grocer

Ann E

Mynott T Moule, nephew

Rebecca Rayner, 17, servant, b Barton



James Baker, 62, grocer, b Melbourn

Ann E, 59, b Melbourn

Mynott T Moule, 21, grocer assistant, b Whaddon

Emma Stonebridge, 15, servant, b Girton



Ann E Baker, 69, grocer, b Melbourn

Elizabeth Titchmarsh, visitor, 51, living on her own means, b Melbourn

Louisa Jenkins, 62, companion to a lady, b Melbourn

Lucy Barker, 38, nurse, b Bucks

Elizabeth Mansfield, 24, servant, b Cambridge



Sidome Smith, 33, dressmaker, b London

Annie Spratt, boarder, 26, dressmaker, b Norfolk



Frederick G Walker, 53, clerk in Holy Orders, b Middlesex

Mary Harcourt, 49, b Middlesex

Humphrey Bevis Meredish Walker, 19, student, b Kent

Maria Marlow, 75, retired nurse, visitor, b Herts

Ivy Gwendoline Bird, 17, servant, b Chesterton


Flack and Judge, date unknown

1915: Messrs Flack and Judge’s


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