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The University Pitt Club, popularly referred to as the Pitt Club, is a club, only open to male students at the University of Cambridge. In the past, most of its membership attended certain private schools, and whilst this is no longer a criterion for membership it is still largely true.

It was founded in 1835 and named in honour of William Pitt the Younger, who had been a student at Pembroke College, Cambridge. The Club has premises at 7a Jesus Lane, which was originally designed as Victorian Roman Baths in 1863 by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt. The baths were an extremely short-lived venture, opening in late February 1863, and closing by December of that year. After the closure, a liquidation sale ensued, and the building was auctioned off, being bought by its own architect, Wyatt for £2,700. Later, the club bought the entire building, and for much of the 20th century, the club occupied the whole of this prominent neo-classical building, but it went through mounting financial difficulties in the 1990s, and in October 1997, it sold a 25-year leasehold on the ground floor of its building to the Pizza Express chain....
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