The Greyhound stood on the High Street, on the All Saints (Cambridgeshire side) in the area between what are now Camden House (Betfred) and Nationwide |
When Charles II in 1668 decided to build a new palace further east from the earlier two, the area between the current premises of Betfed and Nationwide was the chosen spot and the houses and inns that were there were replaced. These included the Greyhound. Little is known of this inn and the name was then used for the inn on the St Marys side which ended up as the Carlton.
From Peter May's book "the Changing Face of Newmarket 1600-1760" we have (p.10) "John Pickes died in 1618, leaving to his wife, Frances, the inn called The Greyhound, 'where I now dwell'. When Frances died in 1624 the Greyhound went to son Richard. Richard died in 1836, leaving his wife Margery ' my house or Inn called the Greyhound'
Further in the book (p.23) it is assumed that the Greyhound was the house next door to the Earl of Thomond's house and was purchased in 1668 by King Charles II for £170 10s
Rev William Cole, visiting All Saints' Church in 1746 mentions that a list of Richard Pickes' benefactions were painted on the wall and included a note: all which gifts are payable for ever out of his house formerly the Greyhound in this parish, which is now the King;s House...Until the palace was sold in 1816, these gifts were a charge on the Crown derived from King Charles II's purchase of the Greyhound.
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