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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

3.William Addison, 30, cabinet maker, b Cambridge

4.Charles Stearn, 26, labourer, b Histon

5.Charles Gawthrop, 24, brewer’s drayman, b Histon

Old Cross Keys Yard:

Thomas Stubbings, head, 45, brewer’s man, b Carlton

Mary Johnson, head, 64, bedmaker, b Caxton


William Adison, carpenter

Henry Purkis, corn merchant

Gawthorpe, engine driver

Howard, flyman


3.B W Rich

2.Mrs Ready

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.

Cross Key’s Yard, print by Rita Genlloud c.1926

By 1932 work was underway on Mallory Court.

Cross keys clay pipe (Museum of Cambridge)



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