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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 - the most historic Arbury area 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 of the name). 

We put our thinking caps on, and came up with:

1) North Arbury Stores and North Arbury Post Office, Cameron Road.

In the early 1980s, there was hairdressing there too...

2) North Arbury Chapel, Cameron Road.

The North Arbury Chapel gained its own building in the early 1980s.

3) Arbury Kebab, Cameron Road.

A legend in its own mealtime. After a few drinks at the Ship, or an evening stroll, these things are terrific! YUM!

4) Arbury Adventure Playground, Nun's Way playing field.

Wonderful memories for many... another Arbury community effort, as was the Nun's Way field it stood on.

5) Arbury Community Association 

- residents association formed around 1963.

6) Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge

Campaigned for by locals for years and finally made its debut in 1974.

7) Arbury Camp - Arbury Road, Cambridge

The ancient earthwork enclosing an ancient settlement, which gave the road and the whole district its name. 

8) Arbury Camp Farm, Arbury Road, Cambridge

Named after the ancient earthwork and settlement, the farm was on Arbury Road, before the massive expansion and redirection of King's Hedges Road for the A14 motorway in the mid-to-late 1970s.

9) Arbury Orchard, Histon/Cambridge Road

10) Arbury Town Park, Campkin Road, Cambridge 

Another community facility campaigned for by the Arbury community many years ago. A far bigger plot was promised, but the Council put more and more houses on it until it dwindled down to what we have. We're still thankful for it.

11) Arbury fields, Manor Farm, Arbury Road, Cambridge

See map at location 7...

12) Arbury Carnival 

- the one and only, since 1977!

13) Arbury Community Church, Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge

14) Arbury Court, Arbury Road, Cambridge

Shopping centre in the middle of the original Arbury Estate. The original buildings were completed in the late 1950s, with additional supermarket and library buildings added in the 1960s and early 1970s.

15) Arbury Court Recreation Ground, Arbury Road, Cambridge.

16) Arbury Hardware, Arbury Court, Arbury Road, Cambridge.

This was also the Arbury Court Post Office...

17) Arbury School, Carlton Way, Cambridge.

The first of the Arbury primary schools, which opened in 1956. Headmaster Mr Jones and some of Arbury's pupils are pictured in 1981.

18) Arbury Community House, Lawrence Way, Cambridge: 

A late 1970s initiative of Cambridge City Council to help provide advice and community support.

19) Arbury/Harborough Meadows:

Most of the land north of Arbury Road, including the North Arbury/Harborough Furlong, the Arbury/Harborough Furlong at the corner of the Arbury and Milton Roads and West Arbury/Harborough Corner. These later became the Manor Farm, which included the Arbury name as two fields near Arbury Camp.

20) Arbury Terrace:

On the corner of the Chesterton and Milton Roads - part of the Victorian New Chesterton development. The houses are now commercial premises. There was also an Arbury House in Chesterton Road.

21) Arbury Fast Fit (in Arbury Ward, not on the estate), Histon Road, Cambridge.


  1. And so the planners decided to make a 'King's Hedges Ward' out of the most 'real' bit of Arbury? Thank God most people don't take any notice of them! Very high handed and out of touch. Typical. We're like medieval serfs.


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