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37 Trumpington Street

37 (38) Trumpington Street, The Little Rose Public House

History of 37 Trumpington Street

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.

Little Rose 1938 photo by L Cobbet

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)

Little Rose Inn, 1890 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

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

(38a) vacant

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


Little Rose 1938 photo by L Cobbet

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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