Reuben Elsden

Revisiting the Scales Hotel

I wrote about the Portland Arms, the pub in Cambridge that my grandfather Reuben Elsden once held the license, and I was reminded of a post I wrote some time ago. Here it is: From the Scales Hotel to the Portland Arms was no distance at all because they were one and the same! The […]



  I didn’t ever know my granddad Reuben, he died the November before I was born in January. However, my dad Donald spoke of him so often and told me so many stories about him, as did his brother and sister, Sidney and Joan, that I feel as if I did know him. He was born in 1888, the third in a […]