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17 Trinity Street (Blue Boar Hotel)

History of 17 Trinity Street

See Stage Coaches by Enid Porter for an overview of coaching inns in Cambridge.

Listed Building

C18. 4 storeys; painted brick; wood cornice with mutules below parapet; 4 windows with jalousies; wrought iron grilles to 1st floor windows.


Remmington Pratt, 47,  innkeeper Blue Boar & 2 stables, b Shelford

Harriet, 48, b Cambridge

Harriett, 18, b Cambridge

Lucy R, 16, b Cambridge

Ellen, 6, b Cambridge

Susannah Kidman, servant, 35, b Comberton

Sarah Unwin, 24, b Essex

By 1861 Remmington Pratt was living at Ventress Farm on Cherry Hinton Road.



(Blue Boar)

George B Harris, 57, hotel and livery stable keeper, b London

Eliza, 49, b Suffolk

George W, 24, b London

Edith E, 19, b London

Janet J, 18, b London

Gertrude C, 15, b London

Mary A Roper, sister in law, 55, b Suffolk

Esther Morgan, servant, 23, b Essex

Melinda Pearson, servant, 21, b Suffolk

Herbert Alflat, servant, 20, stable boy, b Norfolk



Blue Boar Hotel

Samuel Sleigh, 44, hotel proprietor, b Staffs

Emily, 43, b London

Emily B, 18, b Suffolk

Grace M Hempstead, 21, barmaid, b Kent

Beatrice M Miller, 26, waitress, b Fulbourn

Ada E Owen, 26, waitress, b London

Florence M Petit, 15, servant, b Cambridge

16/1/1903 Samuel Sleigh, formerly occupier of the Blue Boar Hotel, Trinity Street, Cambridge, sued an architect for damages. In 1899 he took the lease of the Blue Boar which was very much out of repair, both structurally and otherwise. Trinity College, the owners, recommended Coulson and Lofts to carry out alterations and consented to expend £3,000, but no more. When the costs went over budget he had been sued for the extra but claimed the architect had been negligent. His case was dismissed (Cambridge Press)

Blue Boar Inn, Cambridge ?c1910


Blue Boar Hotel

Benjamin Sadler, 42, hotel proprietor, b Derbyshire

Kate, 42, assisting in business, b Northants

John Howard Whitland, visitor, 21, gentleman, b London

George Caldecot, servant, 25, hotel waiter, b Cambridge

William Thomas Grimsey, 28, hotel cook, b Essex

Alice Maud Doel, 23, hotel servant, b Suffolk

Eliza Whiteland, 26, hotel servant, b Cambs

Annie Mayweth, 18, hotel servant, b Cambs


The Blue Boar Hotel and Restaurant

B Sadler proprietor

Headquarters Cam Sailing Club

Mrs Pankhurst visits Cambridge – 1913

21/2/1936 A new Blue Boar hotel, refined and distinctive yet homely has been taking shape in Trinity Street. A new Georgian cornice and canopy has been installed with flood-lighting producing a beautiful effect. Internally structural alterations, redecoration and refurbishing make the hotel a place of comfort and restful beauty with every modern refinement to ensure the enjoyment of residents who have a choice of gas, coal or electric fires in the bedrooms. The main lounge was originally a cobblestone yard into which coaches were driven. It was covered in in 1900. (Cam. News)

At the sign of the Blue Boar p1

At the sign of the Blue Boar p2

At the sign of the Blue Boar p3


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Blue Boar Hotel c1960s

Blue Boar Hotel c1960s



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