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Sun Inn / Whewell’s Court (Master’s Court)

History of Whewell's Court

This is the site of the Sun Inn which survived until the mid 19th century.

1628: Sir Edward Hyde, afterwards the earl of Clarendon, was elected to be High Steward of Cambridge in 1660. While staying in Cambridge in Trinity College at the age of 20 he contracted smallpox  while accompanying his uncle, Nicholas Hyde, then Chief Justice. Edward was moved out to the Sun Inn across the road from Trinity and placed under the care of Mr Crane, the famous apothecary.

Sir Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon

1798: Robert Whitechurch, innkeeper (Universal British Directory 1793-98). At this time the Sun Inn may well have been the post office.

1830: William Ekin (Pigot’s)

1839: James Hunnybun (Pigot’s Directory)


Pevsner (Cambridgeshire p. 232, 2014) notes that the architect was Salvin and the construction took place 1859-60 and 1865-8. ‘The group of these three stone-faced Pugin-Gothic courts is among the most satisfying of C19 Cambridge buildings … the best thing about Whewell’s Court is the sensitive scaling of the parts…’


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