Eva Hartree – Cambridge’s first woman mayor

In 1930 the Cambridge Independent Press published a series of articles titled “Women Workers”, featuring the great and the good who helped make Cambridge the city it is today. Stored in the microfiche collection of the Cambridgeshire Collection, I have digitised most of the women featured here. What follows is the article on Eva Hartree, … More Eva Hartree – Cambridge’s first woman mayor

How did Cambridge shops decorate the town in 1856? Crimean Peace – Part 3

Summary The final piece of an extended article in the Cambridge Independent Press on the peace celebrations following the end of the Crimean War in 1856. Digitised by the British Newspaper Archive here. THE ILLUMINATIONS. “The crowds then dispersed, vast numbers going round the town to witness the illuminations, many of which elicited the highest … More How did Cambridge shops decorate the town in 1856? Crimean Peace – Part 3

The Crimean War of the 1850s comes to an end, and Cambridge has a big party. Part 2

Summary They drank ***how much tea?*** Continued from the previous blogpost – digitised by the British Newspaper Archive here “The whole of the tea was voluntarily brewed Mr. O. D. Brown, consisting of about 750 gallons, and which was pronounced excellent, by competent judges. Ninety pounds of tea were used, sixteen stone of lump sugar, … More The Crimean War of the 1850s comes to an end, and Cambridge has a big party. Part 2

The Crimean War of the 1850s comes to an end, and Cambridge has a big party. Part 1

Summary Early June 1856 and Cambridge celebrates the end of the Crimean War. So momentous was the occasion that the Cambridge Independent Press threw nearly 6,000 words at this newspaper article in a time when attention spans were a little bit longer than those of today. My attention span would challenge a goldfish. The article … More The Crimean War of the 1850s comes to an end, and Cambridge has a big party. Part 1

Cambridge elects French Chef as councillor for Market Ward – Autumn 1878

Summary 65 years after Napoleon had been vanquished by Wellington, Cambridge elected a popular chef from France who had become famous across the town for being the best in the business. The site to the left of this place was once quite a well known hotel. Waterstones, taken by me on a cold winter’s evening … More Cambridge elects French Chef as councillor for Market Ward – Autumn 1878

The Salisbury Conservative Club on Mill Road – laying the foundation stone

Summary From the Cambridge Chronicle in 1891 – the main Conservative supporting newspaper in town. The original article is here and goes on at quite some length. I’ve only transcribed the part describing the laying of the stone and the description of Mill Road in the run up to it in the article. SALISBURY WORKING MEN’S … More The Salisbury Conservative Club on Mill Road – laying the foundation stone

Cambridge builds a swimming pool and Roman baths in 1863, & closes it in 1864

Summary So…what happened? Bad management or someone running off with all of the money by the sounds of it. The building is this one. The full story has already been summarised in this article by Malcolm Shifrin. But as I only discovered the scans of the original newspaper articles the day before, I’d like to think … More Cambridge builds a swimming pool and Roman baths in 1863, & closes it in 1864

One of Cambridge’s first trade unions forms in 1872. In a pub.

Summary A random find after keyword searching through the name of a long lost pub – The Wrestlers in Petty Cury (which was one of the most well-known at the time) From this article in the British Newspaper Archive – one easily missed but also quite significant, this appears to record the formation of the first … More One of Cambridge’s first trade unions forms in 1872. In a pub.

Zooming into the photographic details of Lost Cambridge with Britain From Above

Summary Signing up for a free account with Britain From Above means you get access to incredibly detailed versions of photos of Britain from the sky taken up to 100 years ago. The website is at https://britainfromabove.org.uk/ I’ve shared a number of detailed snaps taken after zooming into particular parts of individual photos on the Lost … More Zooming into the photographic details of Lost Cambridge with Britain From Above