Ye Olde Castle Hotel 38 St Andrew's Street
38 St Andrew’s Street, Ye Olde Castle Hotel, The Castle Inn, Rudd’s Hostel
History of 38 St Andrew's Street
Outside the Barnwell Gate (1915) states that his is the site of a building which in 1283 was given by Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, to St John’s Hospital as part of the compensation for the loss suffered by the removal of his scholars to the newly-founded Peterhouse. In the foundation deed of Peterhouse the tenement is described as “hospicium contra fratres predicatores.”
14th century Cambridge map
Castle Hotel pub sign
Caius in his history of Cambridge writing 300 years later call’s the building ‘Rudd’s Hostel’ and says it stood a little beyond the church of the Friars Preachers but on the other side of the street. Richard parker, writing in 1622, says that ‘it is now become the Castle Inn’. In 1915 it was the property of Corpus Christi College.
The Old Castle
Castle Hotel St Andrew’s Street
According to ‘Fenner’s Men’ by Willie Sugg, the Union was one of the earliest Cambridge pub clubs dating from around 1820 . Being within easy reach of Midsummer Common it was sometimes known as the “Common Club” to distinguish it from its competitors who played on Parker’s Piece. The Union, Fountain and Castle [clubs] played relatively low key matches between themselves. As the Cambridge Cricket Club folded, they became the crucial factor in maintaining and rebuilding the town’s cricketing structure.
This was the last of the pub cricket clubs to fold, in 1837 after an innings defeat of March.
Ye Olde Castle Hotel, James Hammond proprietor
Headquarters of the Vincent Ramblers Cycling Club, Cambridge Town Football Club, Cambs Cricket Assoc, 99 Rowing Club, Cambridge Butchers’ Association and Cambridge Horse Club
Albert Percy Hammond
William Walden Hammond
Castle Hotel, St Andrew’s Street
Castle Public House
Sidney G Bateman