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Brand New Arbury Video At YouTube - Arbury & Wandlebury, the non-historical 'King's Hedges' and More!

We've finally managed to get our second video completed for the 'Arbury and Cambridge Bits & Bobs' YouTube channel. We hope you enjoy it! Here, we focus on history vs Cambridge City and County Councils - why their 'King's Hedges Ward' and 'Estate' is historically Arbury (and Chesterton) not King's Hedges at all, and the fascinating research at Arbury Camp, which indicates the site was an iron age fort, not the equivalent of a village as previously thought. We'd love to hear from you, via Blogger comments or email (  Lots more to come.
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Ask Arbury & Arbury Postbag - 4: Arbury Underway Before 1957, Arbury Carnival Revisits The 1980s and '90s, Madonna in Campkin Road, Wompsie Comes Home...

'Cambridge Daily News', 1954: 'The Arbury' is underway. Well, South Arbury anyway. We think this is Brimley Road. Thanks to all that have written. First out of the postbag today is an enquiry from Sanj: Why does Wikipedia say work began on the Arbury in 1957? It was earlier than that because of the council houses going up in the 1954 newspaper article you published, and Arbury School opened in 1956. Good work on your site - it is a must-read for me now and has given me an interest in the district. Hi, Sanj - and thank you! Yes, you're quite right. 'The Arbury' began springing to life in the early 1950s. We think the error stems from the Victoria Histories article on the area, which used inaccurate independent research. These things happen. The Histories make no claim to be infallible, depending as they do on various sources and are a valuable resource - but the sources must be noted and checked. Wikipedia can be quite problematic in our experience, and all

The North Arbury Flood of 1970, The Ship Pub Provides Liquid Refreshment in 1974 and Hairdressing at the North Arbury Post Office in 1981...

Photo captioned 'Flooding at North Arbury, 1970'. The children are having fun! Well, here's North Arbury in flood in 1970! We'll have more on this soon. Note the dear old Jenny Wren on the left - and we've got more on that too! Why 'Jenny Wren'? We'll have the details. South Arbury had the Carlton and the Snowcat public houses, which opened within a couple of weeks of each other in 1959, but for years North Arbury had only the Jenny. Until 1974 - in May the  Cambridge Evening News reported:  Residents of the North Arbury estate did not need a heat wave to remind them of their need for another pub and the opening of The Ship will meet with eager response. Campaigners for real  ale will be pleased to find that Wells of Bedford are making this their fourth Cambridge pub,  providing beer connoisseurs with their prize-winning bitter as well as a wide range of other beers, wines and spirits in spacious new premises... The opening of the Ship in Northfield Aven

TIMBER! The Fall of the Manor Farm Trees

Imagine gazing down Campkin Road from Arbury Road. On the left, you see Arbury Town Park, the Arbury Community Centre and Nicholson Way; on the right you behold the houses and the old farm cottage and a row of lovely old trees, lining the pavement edge... It's almost as hard to imagine as the old Manor Farm cottages, standing in the roadway at the junction of the Arbury and Campkin Roads, but the trees were a part of the original vision for North Arbury, a bequest from the old Manor Farm days... Unfortunately, workmen digging trenches and foundations for the new development inadvertently cut through the trees' tap roots. Nobody realised at first but, within a few years, the trees were plainly dying and had to come down. Some other Manor Farm trees survived - including three in the garden of the Manor Farmhouse, two of which still stand today. Colonel Charles Bennett brought the seeds back from abroad for the garden. Looking down a frozen Manor Farm Drive towards Arbury Road in

Arbury Snippets 7: The Record Breaker At The Jenny Wren, an International Initiative at Arbury Adventure Playground and Late 19th and Early 20th Century Playtimes in Rural Arbury...

Ah, the days of fund raising for the Arbury Adventure Playground on the Nun's Way playing field! Having somewhere safe and supervised for the many children of the district to play was a very high priority. In 1970, 'Arbury's marathon singer' Tony Coleno of Cameron Road, made a record-breaking contribution to the funds... Arbury's marathon singer, Tony Coleno, slept for 18 hours last night after breaking the world record for solo non-stop singing by 12 minutes. He sang from 8 am on Saturday until 11.15 am on Sunday. Mr Coleno, of 46 Cameron Road, survived on a diet of soft drinks and beverages, chewing gum, indigestion tablets and throat spray, and raised almost £100 for the Arbury Adventure Playground Association. The marathon took place at the Jenny Wren public house, Campkin Road. The landlady, Mrs Valerie McCord, said today: 'He was really marvellous, fresh as a daisy even at the end. 'On Saturday night, when he'd been singing for 13 hours, he got up

Arbury Carnival 2024 - We Love The '80s & '90s

The wonderful Arbury Carnival this year takes as its theme the 1980s and 1990s. The fabulous procession will be making its way across the old Arbury Meadows from Minerva Way to the Arbury Town Park, where there will be many attractions to make a great day. That fabulous mythical creature the kracken was a benevolent presence at last year's Carnival, as it romped across the historic Arbury Meadows from Minerva Way to the Arbury Town Park. As usual, the Carnival is organised by volunteers - for the community by the community - and, as usual, we say a great big thank you to all those involved. The '80s and '90s... well, decades of huge change and colourful fashions. We still remember the Rubik's Cube and the shell suits and the brick sized mobile phones (available in the UK from 1985 onwards) and the invention of the World Wide Web and the deely boppers and the Kids From Fame and the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the launch of the Space Shuttle and the Power Dressing and th

Things Called Arbury In Cambridge...

How many things that are, or have been, called 'Arbury' in Cambridge and its immediate environs can you think of over the years? Most 'Arbury' things are clustered north of Arbury Road - one of the most historic Arbury areas in Cambridge, although, nonsensically, part of the "King's Hedges" electoral ward. Check out King's Hedges on the map. That's right. It's north of the guided busway/railway line. The fields north of Arbury Road were known as the Arbury or Harborough Meadows (a variation on the name).  We put our thinking caps on, and came up with: 1) Arbury Road: This road connected the Milton/Ely Road with the Histon/Cambridge Road until the late 1970s when a new road was built across the Arbury Meadows/Manor Farm by the iron age Arbury Camp at the time of the A14 development. The new road connected Arbury Road with the formerly dead-end King's Hedges Road and lopped off the original end of Arbury Road. Council planners called the new

Ask Arbury and Arbury Postbag - 3: Arbury Court Enquiry, Arbury Camp - Fort or Village? The Manor School, Arbury Meadows, Arbury Is Where We Live! 'Yarrers', & Arbury Community Centre At 50.

Adventures at the Arbury Adventure Playground on the Nuns Way playing field in the mid-1970s. We're going to share a few more of our recent comments and queries. All questions receive answers via email or blog comments, so if you're wondering about anything regarding the historic Arbury area (Gilbert Road to King's Hedges Road, and Orchard Park) please don't hesitate to get in touch.  Beginning with an enquiry which readers might be able to help with: Trying to find information on a shop that I believe my Grandmother owned in Arbury court in the early days (Late 50s/60s) her name was Jane Norman - haven’t been able to find anything on line so far - thought you might be able to help😊 We have much Arbury material here, but so far have found nothing. Does anybody out there have any information? And now, some ancient history. Paul W has written: Very interesting site and I wonder was Arbury a village or a fort? We're delving into modern archaeological findings (thanks