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1986/1987/1988: Mrs Hinchcliffe's Old Arbury, Chesterton And Vicarage Terrace Memories - Part 5

Mrs Elizabeth Jones outside her house in George Street, Chesterton in the 1920s. 'Uncle Albert built the bay window onto their house,' said Mrs Hinchcliffe. 'He was a very clever man.' Mrs Grace Hinchcliffe's memories, contributed to the Arbury Archive in the mid-to-late 1980s, continue.  'It makes me think, how the school leaving age has gone up and up. My mum and dad were eleven when they left. I was fourteen. Now it's sixteen [1987]. Of course, it's eighteen if you stop on. But I often think how young Mum, Dad, Uncle Arthur, Aunt Lou and them were when they left. 'Uncle Arthur and Aunt Lizzie were the oldest two.  'Uncle Arthur was born in 1881 - I saw his birth certificate when he applied for his pension - and Aunt Lizzie a year or two later. Well, Uncle Arthur worked as a maintenance man for one of the colleges, then had to go to war, then worked at Girton College until he retired. His wife was ill for years, and Uncle Arthur coped, all very

Orchard Park - the Arbury Camp Earthwork and The Cleverness of Planners...

Wonderful to mix, merge and match old maps of the historic Arbury area with modern aerial views. The planners at Orchard Park (originally Arbury Park) were rather ingenious to include the outline of the earthwork of the iron age Arbury Camp in their plans - this is called 'Ring Fort Road'.  Arbury was believed by archaeologists to have been an undefended site, an iron age settlement within a circular ditch in which people lived, for many years. The ditch was believed to have been for keeping the animals belonging to the settlers safe from wolves and robbers. But other, more recent, excavations on the site indicate otherwise - that Arbury was a defended site. We'll take a delve into all this soon. The earthwork outline looks great from above - a real indication that people have lived in the area for over two thousand years, and of the origin of the Arbury name. A broader view of the district, with some historic and modern inserts. The Arbury/Harborough Meadows, north of Arbu

Arbury Road: Standing Firm at Cherry's Corner - 1989

Cherry's Corner in the 1920s - before the parade of shops was built on Arbury Road. Photo: Cambridgeshire Collection. When Andy began the Arbury Archive in 1983, he knew well the fact that the junction of Arbury Road and Milton Road was 'Cherry's Corner' - plus the fact that the Cherrys had built the parade of shops on Arbury Road by the corner. Older friends and relatives often referred to 'Cherry's Corner' and relayed the history to him as Andy's great-great grandparents had lived next door at No 1, Arbury Road, years before. But he didn't know that Mrs Ceta Cherry, wife of Ernest, still owned the shops until this delightful Cambridge Weekly News article, published on 7 September, 1989:         Mrs Ceta Cherry with some of her tenants and their staff at Cherry's Corner. From left, Elaine Williams, Heather Mothersole, Heidi Morewej and Peter Workman. Cherry's Corner is what older local people call the junction of Arbury Road and Milton Roa

Picturing the REAL King's Hedges...

The original King's Hedges - and the original end of King's Hedges Road, disappearing into the original King's Hedges. How things have changed! Amazing what extending a road and setting it on a course across Arbury can do, isn't it? VROOM! VROOM! Click on image for larger view - we've marked the train's location on our 1900 map. Local history researcher Jim, a good friend of the Arbury Blog, recently pointed us to a BFI film made by Edward Thorp of Leigh On Sea, who had a hobby of filming rail routes at weekends, accompanied by his wife, Edna, and their dog, Mickey. On one occasion, Mr Thorp recorded the shortly-to-close Cambridge to St Ives route. Much treasure there for Cambridge historians, including a sweep by King's Hedges. Yes, the original King's Hedges, the original fifty eight acre plot, north of the rail tracks (now guided busway) and now split in two by the motorway. Council plans were already in hand to extend and redirect King's Hedges R