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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

Castle St Andrew’s Street

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.

Ye Olde Castel Hotel

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

Ye Old Castel Hotel St Andrew’s Street c1920s



Fire at Ye Olde Castel Hotel, 15.8.1934 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

The hotel was seriously damaged by fire and not rebuilt


1937: Regal Cinema built on the site



Castle Public House

Sidney G Bateman


2018: (37)

Castle Bar


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