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The Man Loaded with Mischief

The Man Loaded with Mischief, 34 Madingley Road

History of the Man Loaded with Mischief

An original sign for this pub is in the Cambridge Folk Museum. It was painted by Richard Hopkins Leach (29 Maids Causeway). The reverse of the sign shows an earlier scene where the husband, enjoying a pint, is set upon by his wife and animals.

The Man Loaded With Mischief pub sign by Richard Hopkins Leach

The inspiration for the sign is thought to have been taken from Hogarth, who painted a similar sign in the early 1800s. It hung outside an inn on Oxford Street in London and shows a man leaving a public house called ‘The Cuckold’s Fortune.’ The man is weighed down by his gin-drinking wife, a monkey, a magpie and a padlock around his neck. The sign illustrates the saying ‘a monkey, a magpie and a wife, are the true emblem of strife.’

OS map 1898 Madingley Road


John Rowell (Gardner’s)



Frederick William Wallis (Kellys)


1906: John Samuel Chittock (Daughters Christening record)


1911: The Mischief

John Henry Hazlewood, police pensioner licensed victualler, 53, b Northants
Mary Hazlewood,  assisant, 52, b Brecon
Doris Evelina Mary Hazlewood, daughter, 10, b London


1913: The Man Loaded with Mischief

Benjamin John Pry

A J Burgess, resident manager, Old Brewery


1916: The Man Loaded with Mischief

Benjamin John Pry


1962: The Man Loaded with Mischief

Nicholas B Bebbington


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