|Eliza and George BRUCE in Canada|
|RIP Peggy 1953-2011|
|The 3 Blackbirds after restoration|
By 1933 the licence had been dropped. This marked the end of the inn but the building continued to be used as a residence until the mid- 1970s.
Much discussion and planning took place before the Ely Preservation Trust, who had bought the premises in 1981, began the restoration and conversion of the building in 1983. This work was formally commenced by the Rt. Hon. Francis Pym, M.P. on 5th August, in the presence of invited guests who looked on the excavated hearth for the last time before sand was scattered over it to mark the beginning of the restoration. In subsequent years the building was converted into three separate dwellings.
It is with enormous pleasure that I discovered this week, while updating my research for this blog, that in recent years, the building has been reunified to restore it to its medieval glory.
The Three Blackbirds is Grade II* listed being of architectural or historical interest. Although described within the English Heritage listing as being 16th - 17th century, architectural experts believe the property actually dates back to the late 13th century and is one of the oldest inhabited secular buildings in Cambridgeshire. Originally a hall house, by the 18th century it was a public house which traded as such until the 1930s. It was subject to a comprehensive programme of improvements during the 1980s and then sold as 3 separate properties.