Saturday, 23 November 2013

Cambridge Historian: Pilot

Hit play and enjoy this podcast about Cambridge History.

On this the pilot show we look at Cambridge Market and Market Hill, Snowy Farr, The Victoria Cinema and Andy's Records. We also have interviews with Edward Fletcher about Fletcher's dairy and Judith Handby about a new film project she is working on looking at people's favorite places in Cambridge.

Photographs featured in this show

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Released Saturday 23rd November 2013
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Around Cambridge Market - 12/11/2013

Below is a collection of Photographs taken on Tuesday 12th November 2013 around Cambridge Market.

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Friday, 8 November 2013

Cambridge Fact File: The Tivoli


The Tivoli was Cambridge's second purpose built cinema designed by George P. Banyard and it opened on the 19th March 1925. It later closed on the 19th November 1956 as a cinema, but carried on being used for other purposes. It is currently home to J D Wetherspoon.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Early Fire Services in Cambridge

The first mention of any fire precautions in Cambridge comes from records dating back to the 16th Century in documents that show a issue of a bucket and ladder given to Colleges and Churches across the town.

It wasn't until 1875 The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed using hose carts and ladders found in seven stations across the town. In 1909 more equipment was acquired including a horse drawn steam engine.
First Motor Fire Engine in Cambridge - St. Andrew Street 1920's

The volunteer fire brigade in Chesterton amalgamated with the Cambridge brigade in 1911.

In 1921, the Cambridge Borough Police Fire Brigade was formed and took over the responsibility of the fire service in Cambridge. They obtained a motor vehicle and pump.

The combined police and fire station was found in St. Andrew Street where the building still remains there today, but used for other purposes. A second station was also set up in Newmarket Road to work alongside the one in St. Andrew Street.

In 1948 the Cambridgeshire Fire Brigade was formed after denationalisation and in 1965 the Cambridgeshire Fire Brigade and the Isle of Ely Fire Service amalgamated into one service called Cambridgeshire & Isle of Ely Fire Brigade. The headquarters and control room were based at a new station in Parkside.

In April 1974, after a number of fire authorities were reduced across the UK the Cambridgeshire & Isle of Ely Fire Brigade amalgamated with  the Huntingdonshire and Peterborough County Fire Service to form one service called The Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service Authority. It is thought this was the first British fire authority to include the word 'Rescue' in it's title.