Photo of Cambridge Inn

grid reference TM 421 907

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last updated 25/01/2020

Beccles Cambridge Inn

also traded as as: Cambridge Stores, Pleasure Boat

historical closure era: mid 20th century

23 Northgate

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This is listed as the Cambridge Stores in the 1909 rating record, so perhaps only off-sales?

David Wallace recalls the following: "My mother used to tell me the tale of how when she was a young girl (circa 1914), she would accompany her grandfather as he drove his horse and cart around the town of Beccles. She recalls that he used to like to call in at the "Cambridge" in Northgate. Only much much later in life did she come to believe he was actually distributing various 'materials' to the Landlord, and these were very likely alcohol or tobacco based items smuggled into the locality via the Waveney River traffic. My Great Grandfather was a long established Marshman for the area, so I guess he got the opportunity to pick up the odd illicit package that was in big demand by the pub landlords. Those were the days."

James Bream recalls the following: "We believe the pub was also called 'The Pleasure Yacht'. We have recently been trying to trace pictures from when it was trading, particularly internally. Interestingly a Beccles society leaflet dropped through our door with an article referring to memories from Sir David Frost whose farther used to drop in regularly to the Cambridge. "

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

Some information from records transcribed by Foxearth & District Local History Society.