The Three Tuns, Guilden Morden - Timeline

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1853

Simpson’s Brewery of Baldock (founded in the 1730s) acquired Pryor’s tied estate that included The Three Tuns.

1954

Simpson’s Brewery sells the pub to Greene King & Sons Ltd.

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2013

Linda Walsh retires as landlady after nine years and the pub owner - Green King -  closes the pub and sells it to a property developer. The Three Tuns Action Group (TTAG) is formed.

2014

The Three Tuns is designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).

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2016

Planning Inspectorate refuses planning application (upholding SCDC recommendation).  TTAG broadened to become The Three Tuns Community Group (TTCG).

2018

GMCP agrees on terms with the owner to buy the pub for the community.  A share offer is successful in raising over £250k from over 265 investors.

In November, The Three Tuns purchase is completed and the extensive refurbishment - by our team of passionate volunteers - begins.

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1851

The Three Tuns is recorded as a public house in the UK’s census – it has probably been a pub for over 300 years.

1948

Mr & Mrs Jack Gray retire as licencees (length of tenure unknown). Claude Pearce takes over as landlord.

1977

Claude & Kathleen (Bink) Pearce retire.  Nick Crane takes over as landlord and after 26 years at the helm, retires in 2003. Linda Walsh takes over from Nick.

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2015

The new owner applies for a change of use of The Three Tuns from a pub to a house. South Cambs District Council (SCDC) recommends refusal of the planning application in March 2016.

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2017

TTCG registers Guilden Morden Community Pub Ltd (GMCP) as a Community Benefit Society in order to be able to buy The Three Tuns. The owner then puts the pub up for sale.

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2019

In May, Peter and Megan Friskey become GMCP's first tenants and reopen the pub in June. Here GMCP Chair, John Harrison, hands over the keys. Thus starting a new chapter in the history of The Three Tuns.