Ask Arbury: From Randy, Rippett and Raft and Swinging Cats to a 1970s Road and a Manor School Diary...
Every so often we like to upload some of the questions posed by readers via email. Here's another selection.
I enjoy the blog, but are you seriously telling me that the majority of King's Hedges Road is late 1970s, and that the area around it wasn't King's Hedges historically, not even King's Hedges School?
We are constantly answering this question. Sorry, but yes. King's Hedges School is historically in the Arbury/Harborough Meadows (Harborough was a variation on the Arbury name), and the majority of King's Hedges Road has nothing to do with King's Hedges either, but an awful lot to do with historic Arbury, running right by the ancient earthwork which gave Arbury its name.
Northfield Avenue was named as the famous Roman villa with underfloor heating was discovered in a North Arbury field.
Much of King's Hedges Estate/King's Hedges Ward is also historically Arbury - although it does extend into Chesterton.
A lot of people are startled by the fact, particularly those who don't know the area well or who do not remember the vast King's Hedges Road expansion and redirection in the late '70s as part of the A14/Cambridge Northern Bypass development. Many others just call the district 'North Arbury' (a far more legitimate name) or 'The Arbury' - lumped in as one estate with South Arbury. North Arbury is the most Arbury of Arbury areas historically. Check out our trusty old maps, the modern misinformation display, and the 1977 road building photograph below.