I am pleased to announce that we have another new Cambridgeshire Community Archive Group (CCAN). The beautiful village of Elton in the very far north west of Cambs has joined our brilliant community archives network. They have a very good village society and have a wonderful heritage project on the go, with exciting events such as their very own ‘Big Dig’ and the involvement of the whole community and village school is something to be admired, I had a lovely visit to see them and was made very welcome. I am really looking forward to seeing the Elton CCAN group additions to the CCAN website.
CCAN is Cambridgeshire’s online community archive, a place to see old pictures, photos, written and recorded memories, pod-casts and video clips along with living history, as groups record their activities from today for the history of tomorrow.
I had a nice time visiting the very active St Neots Community Archives Group the other week. This is a great CCAN group, very busy and full of ideas and upcoming projects. The St Neots CCAN group includes adjoining parishes such as Yelling, Eaton Socon, Wyboston, Staploe and Paxton to name but a few. The group met for their meeting in the St Neots Musuem which is well worth a visit if you are ever that way. I am particularly fond of this museum as it is home to a life size wall chart depicting my relative, James Toller, The Eynesbury Giant.
St. Neots Community Archive has been set up to collect information about the past from the above-mentioned parishes and the surrounding villages. If you have any pictures, old maps or interesting stories that you would like to be included in the St. Neots Community Archive, please contact Pam Ostler at St. Neots Museum or Sue Jarrett at email@example.com
If you would like further details of how to have your own CCAN site then please get in touch.
Last week I visited the Soham CCAN (Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network). They are a very active lot with their history in Soham! There are several history related groups and even the museum, which will soon have a home and all the groups are linked one way or another. The Soham CCAN group have been working on some great research projects such as the evacuees, the Jewish School and they have been busy collecting and recording oral history around the town. I really enjoyed my visit to the group, as not only were they a lovely bunch but I also used to live in Soham and I always enjoy my visits back there.
I had a lovely visit out to the brilliant new Community Centre and café in Cottenham a couple of weeks ago. I had a nice meeting there with Cottenham Community Archives Group (CCAN) and was so impressed by all the hard work and interesting things that the group are working on. They already have 20 pages, with over 360 old and interesting pictures already!!!
The wonderful new Community Centre and café is well worth a visit if you are going through Cottenham and is a fantastic example of a community lead centre with such a great buzz about it. To find out more click here - http://cottenhamcc.org/
To get involved with the Cottenham Community Archive and find out more just visit
Are you interested in local history, or just in finding out more about the place that you live? Do you have any stories about Cottenham that you would like to share with others?
To find out more about this project contact the Cottenham Village Society or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I visited the Ely CCAN Group yesterday, at their meeting held in Ely Museum. Ely CCAN group is a friendly and very active group and I was pleased to see some familiar faces there. Many of members of the group also attend Mike Petty’s Fenland Fridays at the Ely Library. The Ely CCAN group have a great working relationship with the Ely Museum and have a good balance of members doing different tasks such as oral history interviews, area photographs and local history. A well known local photographer had also attended the meeting yesterday to bring along some of his amazing photographs for the group to see and add. I used to live in Ely myself, so I'll have to dig out my Ely photos and write up any tales I have and add them to the Ely group!
ELY Community Archives Group
Are you interested in local history, or just in finding out more about the place that you live? Do you have any stories about Ely that you would like to share with others?
You can contact the Ely Community Archive Group through the Ely Museum on 01353 666655 or email us at email@example.com
I have been helping out with a fantastic new project in Stilton, Cambs. I had been meaning to go to Stilton for a long time, I always thought I'd take an afternoon drive out there to visit and buy some Stilton cheese and then go on to Melton Mowbray to get a pork pie and then find another local foody place, just for fun. When I finally managed to visit Stilton a few weeks ago I was surprised how close of the A1 it was. I had always noticed the signs for it on the A1 when going up towards Peterborough but thought that it must be several miles away, when in fact it is right next to the A1. When you enter Stilton - which is in Cambridgeshire - you immediately take note of the impressively wide main street, which you'll soon realise was the original 'A1' or rather the Great North Road. It definitely has the 'Roman Road' look and feel about it but most likely goes way back, as a routeway, into prehistory. The current A1 is a bypass to Stilton. The next thing you'll notice are the wonderful old and impressive buildings lining this road. Several of which were very large coaching houses for weary travellers of the past to take rest.
I had a lovely meeting with the Stilton history expert in one of these, now restored, coaching inns, where we discussed all the exciting plans for the upcoming projects in Stilton including Stilton CCAN, Stilton Cheese, Films and Heritage Centres :)
One of the rooms we had coffee in was called the Turpin room, where the famous Dick Turpin, Highway Man, is reputed to have stayed.
We of course had to eat lots of different Stilton cheeses!!!
I had the great pleasure of giving Cottenham Village Society a talk on the same night that they celebrated their 40th Anniversary! It was a really special occasion and so good to see that societies such as these across the county can go on for so long and still remain active, interesting and be such an important part of their village life.
Cottenham also has its very own CCAN group and it is going very well, with enthusiastic group members adding archives to the site. Click here to find out more.
I had a lovely evening a couple of weeks ago at the Haddenham & Aldreth 1940’s pre-event to their amazing Blossoms & Bygones weekend which is coming up in May. The chapel in Aldreth was decked out in 1940’s gear, from banners and flags, clothes and furniture to a gramophone (working and playing great tunes) and original film projector and reels. The building was packed out for this lovely gathering and the evening kicked off with Mike Petty giving us a great talk about Cambs during WWII, I then followed with a brief stint about 1940’s makeup and style, finishing of the evening with a local chap giving his memories of the war - and of course there was a couple of lovely tea breaks with home made cake and bread and butter pudding. I can’t wait until the main event in May :) Pictures below from the evening and then the main event.
In the meantime why not check out the Haddenham & Aldreth CCAN Group!
Cambridgeshire History Pages:
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Alternatively, you can use the search box above to search by keyword or you can use the index further below.
Summerfield: House, Street & Area History, Newnham, Cambridge.
Newnham Walls (Newnham, Cambridge) Church Rate Walk/Newnham
Exciting Old Photograph Album
History of Lammas Land, Newnham, Cambridge (Newnham Park)
Brief History of Jesus Green, Cambridge
Motorbike Girls, Oxford Road, Cambridge c.1928 Violet Broom & Marie Cruden
Cambridge University Press Memories by Elizabeth Toller-Brown
Teversham Recreation Ground
Elton Community Archives Group
St Neots Community Archives Group
Soham Community Archives Group
Cottenham Community Archives Group
Stapleford Recreation Ground
The Beechwoods Cambridge
Guilden Morden Cambridge. Teaching & Artefacts
Ely Cambridgeshire Community Archives Group
Stilton Cambridgeshire Community Archives & History
Cottenham Village Society
Haddenham & Aldreth Blossoms & Bygones 1940s Event 2011
1963 St Giles Cemetery, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge - grave of Ada Hatchman (nee Broom)
1955 Oxford Road, Cambridge
Violet & Arthur Cruden Passport 1931 Cambridge
George Cruden, Military Cambridge c.1940s
Oxford Road Cambridge Family c.1935
1st Camb. Headquarters. Cambridge 1925
Rowing on the River Cam 1925
George Cruden, Russell Street, Cambridge
The Wayman Family, Oxford Road, Cambridge
George Cruden, Oxford Road, Cambridge
Marie Cruden, sitting in back garden of house in Oxford Road, Cambridge
Eaden Lilley of Cambridge adverts for household items c.1920's
Cambridgeshire Transport Section ? WWI
Cambridgeshire Transport Section WWI
Cambridgeshire Transport Section WWI
Arthur Cruden Oxford Road, Cambridge WWII?
Room in Oxford Road, Cambridge. 1915-1925
Granny working at Chivers Fruit Farm & Pye Radio Cambridge
National School, Russell Street, Cambridge c.1918
Russell Street, Cambridge and Pimple Face!
The Globe Pub Cambridge and shoe money c.1915
Great Uncle Russ and the Balloon 1919
Lilly Langtree & Cambridge
War Time Child in Cambridge. WWII
Cadbury's Picnic Bar, Adkins Corner
Picnic by the River Cam, Newnham c.1984
Castle Hill, Cambridge 1984
The Half Moon Inn, Trumpington Street, Cambridge
A Garden of Memories by George Cruden
Cambridge War Time Letters - Oxford Road
Cambridge War Time Letters Home Front Christmas WWII
Cambridge Home Front War
Letters 1945 WWII
Home Front WWII Cambridge Family War Letters
More Cambridge Home Front Letters - Vicarage Terrace WWII
The War in Cambridge WWII
Marie & George Cruden, The Backs of Cambridge Colleges 1941
Outings During the War - WWII Cambridge
Memories of Richmond Road School in Cambridge
Cambridge - WWII - Toys, Games & Occupations
WWII - Food & Clothing - Cambridge
Living with the Horrors of War - Cambridge WWII
A Child's WWII Home Front Poem - Cambridge
Toller Family Tree Notes - all over Cambs
Home Front Letters. More WWII Bombing in Cambridge 1941
Home Front Letters WWII Bombing in Cambridge 1941
Tales from Cambridge Part 2 by Joan Punter (nee Toller)
Tales from Cambridge Streets during and just after WWII
Wall in a Tree, The Botanical Gardens, Cambridge, 2010
National School, Russell Street, Cambridge 2010
Clunch (Chalk) blocks in wall behind Hill's Road 2010
Russell Street & Cambridge Cattle Market voice recording oral history
Punting on the River Cam, by Paradise Woods, Newnham. 2001
c.1988 - View from the Top of Great St Mary's Tower, Cambridge
1983 - Arthur Cruden, Cambridge City Bowls Club, Christ's Piece, Cambridge
1983 - Cambridge City Bowls Club, Morley Cup.
c.1985 Marie Cruden, Campkin Road
c.1975 - George & Marie Cruden Golden Wedding Anniversary, Campkin Road, Cambridge
c. 1965 Visitor's Passport for Violet & Arthur Cruden, Oxford Road, Cambridge
c.1975 George & Marie Cruden outside St John's Church Cambridge
c. 1975 George Cruden, rear view of 146 Campkin Road, Arbury, Cambridge
25th Jan 1941 - George Cruden WWII
Views from the building site for the Cambridge Grand Arcade, during the archaeological dig 2005
Archaeology Field Trip in the Fens, Stretham Pumping Engine, 2000.
The Birds Nest at Chippenham Park Cambridge 1999
The Old Walled Garden Chippenham Park 1999
Violet Cruden - nee Westley, Histon, Cambridge 1928
Pet Show at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Arbury, Cambridge c.1979
George Cruden, Russell Street, Cambridge c.1918
Arthur Cruden, Bill Goodes & friends, Cambridge. 1910 - 1930
George H Cruden age 17 KRRC Cadets, Cambridge 1917
Elsie Cruden, lived at Russell Street Cambridge
About & how to use:
This is a blog page for the archives in my own collection. It includes many of my personal & family archives, tales and scrapbook items to all kinds of general archive items from Cambridgeshire UK.
The Categories below are really the keyword index of what is on the Cambridgeshire History Pages. Each is a clickable link which will take you to an article or blog which contains that word or subject.