St Radegund (pub)

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Coordinates: 52°12′28″N 0°07′36″E / 52.207676°N 0.126801°E / 52.207676; 0.126801

The St Radegund public house with the current sign

The St Radegund public house, in King Street, Cambridge, England, is a notable English pub. The pub is named for St Radegund, a Frankish saint associated with the nearby Jesus College.

It is the home to the Cantabrigensis Hash House Harriers, a successful rowing club,[1] famous cricket team [2] and is the start/finish venue on the legendary King Street Run. All of these activities and more were encouraged (and in the case of the cricket team, started) by Terry Kavanagh (1937-2012), who was landlord between 1992 and 2009.

In 2008, the saga of the 2003 St Radegund Cricket Tour to Croatia,[3] The Ascent of Mount Hum,[4] was published, to critical acclaim.[5]

Renowned as the smallest pub in Cambridge, the St Radegund serves beers from the local Milton Brewery, Fullers, and Czech Budweiser Budvar. Friday night is Vera Lynn Appreciation Society night when large gin and tonics are served to the sounds of the wartime forces sweetheart.

Like The Eagle, on Bene't Street, the pub ceiling has been adorned with the candle signatures of locals and notable guests.

In 2007, it was pointed out that the pub sign depicted the arms of the Austrian municipality, Sankt Radegund bei Graz rather than the Saint herself. A local artist was commissioned to correct the mistake and the story attracted media comment.[6] In 2010, the new landlord, James Hoskins, reverted to a design incorporating the former (incorrect) arms. He is currently carrying out a programme of refurbishment and redecoration of the premises.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cambridge Evening News 26 July 2003
  2. ^ Cambridge University Library online file reference [1]
  3. ^ Slobodna Dalmacija 23 September 2003, p.51
  4. ^ Steven Haslemere (2008). The Ascent of Mount Hum. Signal Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-904955-48-1. 
  5. ^ The Wisden Cricketer February 2009, p.84
  6. ^ "Pub fixes historic mistake on sign". Cambridge Evening News. 5 November 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2009.