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Railway Tavern

Railway Tavern, Great Shelford

Picture source: Keith Evans

The Railway Tavern was situated on Station Road, closing in 2010.
Source: Robert Kaye
Sometime between 1930 and 1939 the tavern was taken over by Albert How and his wife Lily (nee Lilian Elizabeth Phillips). Although coming from London, the How(e) family originated in nearby Swaffham Bulbeck. Lily's parents were in the pub trade. Albert and Lily moved to Cambridge in the 1920s and an Electoral Register for 1930 records them living at 'Twin Villa' King's Hedges Road, Cambridge. In the 1939 Register they were first recorded as running the tavern. Electoral Registers from the period 1945-1955 show them still at the pub. Lily died on 15 January 1956 at Addenbrookes Hospital and Albert and one of their twin sons, Douglas, continued running the tavern being recorded there in a 1960 Electoral Register. Albert died on 8 December 1961 when, presumably, the tavern changed hands.
Roger Butler-Ellis (June 2019)

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