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Hoop Hotel

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The Hoop Hotel was situated at 4 Bridge Street. This pub is now in retail use.
The 'Hoop' in Jesus Lane, the 'famous inn' at which young Wordsworth alighted in 1787, was also used for political celebrations.
The Cambridge Town and County Choral Society held its fortnightly meetings at the 'Hoop' from 1830 to 1847 Ref. O. E. Deutsch, 'Cambridge Music Societies 1700 1840', Camb. Rev. 13 June 1942, 3734.
It was a coaching inn in the early 19th century, i.e. stage coaches to London and other destinations set out from there. The coaching inn suffered harder times when the advent of rail travel badly affected the coaching business. By the beginning of the 1850s, most of the inn was owned by William Ekin, a brewer and wine merchant. In 1855 Ekin let the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Society two upstairs rooms, which were accessible from Park Street, or through the back entrance on Jesus Lane.
The ADC Theatre eventually occupied the whole building (in 1882), and a new stage was built. In 1933 the stage was ruined by a disastrous fire - and two years later the Theatre re-opened in a new building near the same site.
Tanya Yurasova (October 2017)
From Peterloo Live 1819: 'The latest news from Cambridge, where there have been serious outbreaks of violence after the election of a new MP, is that the mayor, town clerk, and chief constable have led 50 volunteers with flaming torches to the Hoop Inn to disperse rioters'.
A C Baker (December 2019)

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