Photos of City Centre in 1971 & the Kite in 1981

This isn’t Mill Road related, however a good source of photos of Cambridge past is worth recording.

In 1971, the late Peter Soar, a Cambridge solicitor and keen amateur photographer, set about recording the last days of the parts of Cambridge city centre destined to be demolished to make way for major redevelopment. He also photographed the area during construction and after most of it was completed.

You can see the photos at http://www.fine-photographs.co.uk/index.php/adminicle/90-lion-yard-cambridge

On the same web site is a series of photos taken of the Kite Area in 1981 before its conversion into the Grafton Centre.

They can be seen here http://www.fine-photographs.co.uk/index.php/myphotos/the-kite-area-hammans

Thanks to Anthony Carpen for the links who also has written about some of our missing social venues at https://adragonsbestfriend.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/lostcambridge-the-demise-of-our-citys-social-venues/ and collected some scanned old photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/puffles2010/sets/72157666927226872.

Covent Garden Blue Plaques

A flashback to 2013 when Mill Road History Project founder member Ian Bent featured in the Cambridge News.

11/06/13 Blue plaques in Covent Garden - Petersfield, Cambridge 11/06/13 Ahead of their street party, residents of Covent Garden, in Camobridge, have all got 'blue plaques' in the window about previous notable residents of their houses.  Eileen O'Brien, landlady of the Six Bells, is pictured with local historian Ian Bent. Picture by Keith Heppell
11/06/13 Ahead of their street party, residents of Covent Garden, in Cambridge, have all got ‘blue plaques’ in the window about previous notable residents of their houses. Eileen O’Brien, landlady of the Six Bells, is pictured with local historian Ian Bent. Picture by Keith Heppell

You can read the original news story on the Cambridge News website and more detail about Robert Browning on Capturing Cambridge.

The History Society is looking at a similar scheme for notable people along Mill Road.  If you would like to help out with this project then please contact us.