Allan Brigham

'Town NOT Gown'

Cambridge history tours for local residents

Discover the hidden history of Cambridge with local historian & Blue Badge Guide Allan Brigham. Allan is Chairman of the Friends of the Folk Museum. He regularly speaks and writes about Cambridge.

Articles by Allan Brigham

Romsey Recreation ground
Town v Gown a thing of the past?
Romsey Town 1966-2006
Christ's Pieces
"Does Cambridge need more houses?"

Links to articles about Allan Brigham

Interview on BBC Cambridgeshire
Allan's honorary master's degree
2013 interview by Alan Macfarlane
Romsey Town
Cambridge road sweeper-turned-tour guide

Photos of Allan Brigham

Various photos
City Arms

Many local people know more about villages visited on holiday in Tuscany or Yorkshire than about their home town.  These Walking Tours offer an introduction to Cambridge for all those who always meant to take a closer look, but never quite had the time.

Tours last 1 ½ to 2 hours unless specified. All welcome, children too! Group tours can be arranged for work or social groups.
You can just turn up on the day, but numbers are limited. To guarantee a place please book. Please let me know if you can't come as  there is a waiting list for some tours.
To book a place or for more information, contact Allan Brigham 01223 212189 or

Sunday 24th September: 10.45-12.30
Castle Hill: Cambridge before the University!
An introduction to the first 1,200 years. Plus a bit on the last 800 years too!

A walking tour around the OLDEST part of Cambridge - where Cambridge began nearly 2,000 years ago.
When did you last climb the Castle Mound ? Check out the view and discover the history of 'Castle End' - From Julius Caesar to Theresa May.
Was Cambridge founded by the University ? No. The Romans were here first! When did the University arrive here ? Only 800 years ago!

Join this walking tour around the OLDEST part of Cambridge - where Cambridge began nearly 2,000 years ago and where the town first rose to prosperity as an inland port..
Hear about Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, 19th century slums & Victorian social reform.
...AND some of the best 20th century social housing ever built in Cambridge. Can anything as imaginative be repeated today?
Plus: Includes entrance to The Museum of Cambridge to see recently acquired painting by JM Ward showing Castle Hill area and Cambridge before the 19th century expansion onto the fields

Meet: At Quayside (by the punts).

Cost: £8.50 (under 16 free). Includes entrance to The Museum of Cambridge.

Just turn up, but please book to guarantee a place. Families welcome!

Museum of Cambridge

"What an eye opener! We have seen so many things we never noticed before.
We can truly say that Allan brought our city to life for us with his knowledge and his enthusiasm. A great guide!

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Group tours can be arranged for work or social groups.