Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959: long rectangular range bordering the street was built in the 16th century; the structure includes a gabled N bay, now in separate occupation, and a gabled S bay containing an open carriageway… Inside, chamfered cross and longitudinal ceiling beans with plain and geometrical stops are exposed on the ground and first floors … some reset fragments of panelling of c. 1600 remain in the inn.
Mentioned by Pepys, the Little Rose was a stopping place for country carriers.
1830: Wm. Reynolds (Pigot’s)
1839: Wm. Wornes (Pigot’s)
1845 – 47: Alfred William Farrall, innkeeper, flyman & licensed to let horses and gigs (London Gazette)
1851: Charles Moore (Gardner’s)
1852: Chas Moore (Slaters)
John Tunwell, landlord. The pub was the departure point for carriers going to Thriplow, Shepreth, Ickleton, Melbourn and Bassingbourn.
1869: Daniel Cole (Post Office)
Daniel Cole, inn keeper, widower, 55, b London
Anna M Cole, daughter, 9, b Cambridge
Kate F Cole, daughter, 6, b Cambridge
Elizabeth Anderson, servant, widow, 60, bHilton Hunts
Rebecca Beckwith, servant, 15, b Soham
George Eagle, groom, 18, b Suffolk
William Bond, boarder, clerk (out of employ), 29, b Cambridge
1879: James Irwin (Kellys)
James Irwin: inn keeper, widower, 40, b King’s Lynn
Annie Irwin: daughter, 14, b Cambridge
Eliza Irwin: daughter, 12, Cambridge
James Irwin, son, 10, b Cambridge
Louisa Irwin, daughter, 8, b Cambridge
Maud Irwin, daughter, 6, b Cambridge
Hannah Hodby, servant, 24, b Buckden,
William Christman, boots, 18, b Bassingbourne
1883: John Hammett (Kellys)
1888: Wm E Sawyer (Kellys)
1891: (38) Public House Little Rose
Walter S Ffitch, 41, publican, b London
Emily, 41, b London
Charles B, 13, b Kent
Mable F, 7, b Kent
Edith L, 8, b London
1892: Walter Samuel Ffitch (Kellys)
There is also in 1892 a newspaper report mentioning a Thomas Philips and referring to the licence holder.
1896: D’Arcy Barnes (Kellys)
Thomas Philips was licensee. His son Thomas Phillips was born here in 1899. (email from JT 2023)
1901: Little Rose
Arthur Fothery M Denton, 33, licensed victualler, b Kent
Haily, 26, b London
Ethel Noel, 4, b London
Hally Ruth, 4, b London
Lewes Arthur, 1, b London
Grace Helen Dower, 15, b Landbeach
1904: James Valentine Palmer (Kellys)
1913: Gerard F Gloyer, The Little Rose
1916: Mrs Ada Buckworth
It was in the 1930’s the meeting place for two undergraduate clubs. The ‘Little Rose Club’ is exclusively for Saloon Bar Undergraduates, the ‘Bluffers’ being open to anyone who drinks in the Public Bar.
The activities are trivial enough, but the ideal is spreading friendship around the world. Members wear a special tie and before the war any undergraduate coming into the Saloon not wearing the tie was either asked to join, by standing a pint all round, or else to go into the Public Bar. [Varsity cutting posted on Mike Petty Fenland History]
Harry Bond, landlord
In 1982 (25 Feb) the CWN wrote of Harry Bond:
Some knew him as the rudest landlord in Cambridge. He would not stand any nonsense from undergraduates and would turn the soda syphon on them if they were cheeky. But he had a lot of patience with motorists who frequently got their cars stuck in the runnels of the conduit at the side of the road. He kept a plank in the pub to enable drivers to reverse out of the conduit. In 1955 Harry Bond’s daughter Evelyn embroidered the signature of all the regulars at the Little Rose. The tapestry still hangs in the pub today.
1962: The Little Rose PH
2018: Loch Fyne Restaurant
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