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Turk's Head Coffee House c1876

14 Trinity Street (Turk’s Head Inn)

History of 14 Trinity Street

Turk’s Head Inn, Trinity Street circa 1910

14 Trinity Street

Once the Turk’s Head Inn (much restored), no. 14 shows the heights achieved by Cambridge builders by c.1600. Timber-framed with raised pargeting, it has overhanging upper storeys, two overhanging gables and canted oriel windows. (Pevsner)

The access to the site from Green Street

UK Census and other sources:

17th century

This was a well known coffee house.

Coffee Houses of Cambridge


13/8/1954 This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lloyd’s Bank in Cambridge. In 1804 two brothers named Foster who were already trading as millers established a bank in Bridge Street. In 1835 they transferred to the Turk’s Head in Trinity Street and opened branches in St Ives, Saffron Walden and Ely. In those days two members of staff were boarded on the premises, one sleeping on a bed in front of the strong room armed with a rusty sword. At no time was the building left unattended. In 1890 they acquired a site at the junction of Hobson Street and a new building in Renaissance style was opened in 1894. The Capital and Counties Bank took them over in 1904 and 14 years later they amalgamated with Lloyd’s. In 1919 the two offices were merged and the Sidney Street premises chosen as the main branch. In 1935 a considerable extension was built on the corner site. (Cam. News)


John Paterson Gardner, 54, bankers clerk, b Northants


David James Scott, widower, 62, banker’s clerk, b Cambridge

Elizabeth Alice, 28, b Cambridge

Edith M Glover, 22, servant, b Madingley

Thirza Thompson, 19, servant, b Madingley

Albert John Chivers, boarder, 21, banker’s clerk, b Cottenham



Mrs Pollock family away


The Cafe Luncheon and Smoking Rooms


Cambridge Rugby Club Feb 1925

In early September 1923  four Rugger enthusiasts met at Bunty’s Cafe to discuss forming a club. The source of the name ‘Bunty’s’ is unknown at present but the inaugural meeting of the club was then held at the Cafe in Trinity Street on 11 September 1923.


CDN 29.10.1927: The fascinating experience of lunching in Cambridge in the atmosphere of our Elizabethan forefathers is made possible by the opening of new rooms at Messrs Matthew’s Cafe in Trinity Street.


Matthew’s Restaurant

14 Trinity Street, Matthew’s Restaurant, 1937 (photo J Baldwin)

21/5/1976 The Turks Head Berni Inn, Trinity Street, Cambridge, sucks inside an almost relentless stream of visitors. The upstairs bar serves ducking and scampi but we were heading for the simple steak sort of menu. Our two schooners of sherry cost 32p each and the wine, Cotes de Rhone, £2.34. The food was worth a wait. We had rump steak (£1.91) and a fillet steak (£2.73) which were very tasty, with chips, peas and tomatoes. We followed up with chocolate ice creams, which were included in the main course price. We could have had instead cheese and biscuits. Other offerings were Dover sole (£2.44) and Sirloin steak (£1.89).(Cam.News)

At some point 1970s  there was a disastrous fire. All that was left was the front of the building and the university proposed to demolish that as well. However, it was rebuilt and Laura Ashley set up business there.





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