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The Three Tuns, Guilden Morden - Timeline

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


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

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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.


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



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


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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In April,  after many months of searching for a suitable tenant, GMCP welcomed Scott and Sarah Martin as our new tenants and they plan to re-open the pub in June.


GMCP Chair, Mike Allton, hands over the keys to them so as to continue the success story that is The Three Tuns public house.


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


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


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.



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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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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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. The tenancy manages to survive the pandemic but ends in August 2022.

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