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Ask Arbury: From Field Names and North Arbury to the Snowcat and Mr Dean's Shop...

A greeting from the gent at the Kingsway Kebab van during Andy and Deb's Arbury tour recently.

Lots of comments and enquiries here. All requiring personal replies have been dealt with, so here is our round-up of some of the questions you've asked the Arbury Archivists this week...

Hello! I like your blog. Did the original King's Hedges have field names like the Arbury Manor Farm?

Yes, it did! although there were only fifty eight acres, there were names. To find the original King's Hedges on the map, just look north of the railway track/guided busway. We've updated our trusty old map and inserted the names. Nothing to do with the subject, but as an aside, the other side of the Mere Way Roman road was Impington Park and Impington Hall - which was mentioned in Samuel Pepys' diary.

And next...

As an old Arbury geezer I say incredible work. You all deserve medals, not many would bother. Do you have anymore info on the old Snowcat? I was always in there for years.

Thank you - it's a real labour of love! James kindly sent us scanned pages from a 1965 book, featuring a plan of the original building. We'll upload it soon.

A comment from anonymous:

I understand about the inappropriate Kings Hedges ward and North Arbury but you do have an awful lot of stuff about North Arbury on your blog.

We do. Writing about Arbury without North Arbury is a bit like writing a history of Chesterton without the village!

Our 'places named Arbury' map - featuring all the things we can ever recall being called 'Arbury' in the district. Note the cluster north of Arbury Road - including the original iron age site!

Paul writes:

I think I remember Mr Dean's shop in Carlton Way but my Mum says it's not possible as I wasn't born until 1986. Do you know when he left?

Hi, Paul! He was certainly still there in 1992. Andy used to get the coal for his fire there when he lived in Perse Way, so it's possible you do remember him.


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