The Eagle, Cambridge

One of my favourite pubs in Cambridge though I did not manage to visit The Eagle on my recent Short Break.

Pints and Pubs

Eagle cigarette card 1939

The Eagle claims to be one of Cambridge’s oldest inns; Greene King dates it back to the 14th century. Jonathan Weiner’s Long for This World says a tavern stood here in the year 1353, “with beer for three gallons a penny”. Earlier still there may have been a pilgrim’s hostel on the site. A chalkboard inside the pub reads ‘serving Cambridge since 1525’. This may refer to the date the land was bequeathed to Corpus Christi.

The Eagle stands on an area of Saxon occupation from c. 8th century, opposite the oldest building in Cambridgeshire, the late Saxon stone church tower of St Bene’t’s church which dates from around 1025.

26th March 1566

What is certain is that records from Corpus Christi College record the lease, on 26 March 1566, of a “new build, called the Egle and the chyld” for 40 years at an annual rent of £3 6s…

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