Cross Keys Inn (Bird's Yard) 1911
Cross Keys Yard, Magdalene Street
History of Cross Keys Yard, Magdalene Street
Cross Keys Yard:
Matthew Ball, 63, vinegar maker’s clerk, b Hackney
Frances Levitt, 51, house servant, b Lolworth
Magdalen Street: (unnumbered)
William Ingle, 41, ironmonger, b Cambridge
On 15 September 1858 Josiah Chater reports in his diary a fire opposite Magdalen College, next door top Ingle’s.
1.Sarah Blett, 55 college servant, b Cambridge
2.William Ingle, 51, whitesmith, b Cambridge
William Adison, carpenter
Henry Purkis, corn merchant
Gawthorpe, engine driver
3.B W Rich
1.James Evans Silk, coachman
Cross Keys Yard, 1920
Cross Keys Yard was home to Messrs W K Bird, a malt vinegar brewer and mustard and potted meat manufacturer, for 105 years before the premises were acquired by Magdalene College in 1915.
By 1932 work was underway on Mallory Court.
Cross keys clay pipe (Museum of Cambridge)