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

Thursday 26th July: 18.30 (1 hour 30 mins to 2 hrs)
The Mill Road History Tour

A walk along Mill Road with local historian and Blue Badge Tour Guide Allan Brigham

Mill Road was recently described as 'the new Islington'!
Others still remember it as the route to the Workhouse.

Take a stroll down Mill Road and SEE the Victorian workhouse!
Discover the site of the mill that gave the road it's name.
See where the only steam locomotive manufactured in Cambridge was made.
And hear about life in the recent past when children still slept four to a bed and the tin bath hung on the outside wall awaiting 'the weekly 'bath night'' scrub.

Meet: Parker's Piece - opposite entrance to Parkside School.
End: Mill Rd railway bridge.

Cost: £8.00 (Under 16 free). Just turn up on the day, but numbers are limited. To guarantee a place please book in advance.
Dales brewery

"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.