Summary: Half a century of anti-alcohol campaigning celebrated on Parker’s Piece and The Guildhall. In October 1907 several thousand people – mainly from local non-conformist churches and chapels (though a number of Anglian ones are mentioned), gathered on Parker’s Piece to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Temperance Movement in and around Cambridge. An extensive … More 50 years of Temperance Campaigning in Cambridge, Part 1
Summary: The obituary of William Beamont, who died aged 40 in 1868, reveals an incredibly adventurous life – even for a man of his education. The obituary claims he solicited a large donation for the founding of the Cambridge School of Art, and service as a chaplain in the Crimean War. The below article is … More Rev. William Beamont and the founding of the Cambridge School of Art – today’s Anglia Ruskin University on East Road
As you may have read in previous blogposts, Barnwell Parish was a part of Cambridge that experienced a big population expansion in the 1800s and thus became a notorious slum. One big problem it faced was drunkenness. Despite the building of new churches, mission rooms, schools and even the Cambridge Workingmen’s Club, drunkenness did not … More Stanley Buckmaster and the opening of the White Ribbon Temperance Hotel on East Road in Barnwell
Summary: An insight into the mindset of improving slums in the mid-Victorian period, before the development of modern local councils. What’s interesting about this article is its description of life in Barnwell and where it stands with Cambridge Borough generally. Today I think nothing of wandering across Christ’s Pieces to get from St Andrew’s Street … More Improving Barnwell in the 1860s
Summary: It seems that the old Barnwell district of Cambridge was where it was all happening prior to the rapid growth of housing along Mill Road. By ‘Barnwell’ we are talking about the area known as ‘The Kite’, along with the western section of Newmarket Road, and the quarter that forms the St Matthew’s Estate, … More How fundraising for St Matthew’s Church in Cambridge also paid for the Working Men’s Club building on East Road. 1867.
Summary: Shortly after he married the Suffragist hero Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Professor Henry Fawcett gave this lecture at the Workmen’s Hall on East Road, Cambridge where he called for the founding of what became the Cambridge and District Co-operative Society Ltd. From Ian Hall on Facebook, Cambridge Workingmens Club – the hall built in 1867, … More Millicent Garrett Fawcett’s husband and the founding of the Cambridge Co-operative Society.
Summary: One of the oldest civic society institutions in Cambridge still in existence, former Conservative MP for Cambridge borough, Sir Francis Powell, gave this talk to members of the newly-constructed Workmen’s Hall on East Road, Cambridge – of which Sir Francis was a member. What makes this talk an interesting one is both the content … More Cambridge MP Sir Francis Powell visits Constantinople – and presents to Cambridge working men on his return. 1867
Summary: Reading into more detail of Ellice Hopkins’ research into the plight of the working poor off East Road in Victorian Cambridge. In my first blogpost on Ellice Hopkins, I made the link between her work, Florence Ada Keynes (who introduced me to her work) and Anne Campbell, Cambridge’s first woman MP who, like Florence, … More Ellice Hopkins and the concepts of Working Class Christianity and Democratic Christianity – Cambridge 1884
Summary: Possibly the most famous historical figure ever to feature at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Winston Churchill was at the time an isolated figure on the back benches on the Conservative Party. Within a few months he’d be recalled to Chamberlain’s Government as First Lord of the Admiralty – then a very important post in … More Winston Churchill calls for conscription at Cambridge Corn Exchange debate. May 1939.
Summary An historically important article as not only does it list the schools in Cambridge at the time, but it gives further details of them as the town entertained the children for the King’s coronation. Transcribed from the British Newspaper Archive here. “The first week in September of this Coronation year will be vividly remembered … More Cambridge schools celebrate King Edward VII’s coronation. 1902