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 6th July: 18.30 - tour lasts 2 hours.

Newnham History Tour:

From Cambridge to Paradise - Newnham, Village of the Dons

  • Walk from Cambridge to Paradise and discover Newnham, the village of the Dons.
  • A quiet hamlet outside Cambridge in the middle of the 19th century, Newnham grew once the Dons were allowed to marry.
  • Academic ghetto or the most desirable address in Cambridge ?!
  • Come and take a look - a lovely walk through leafy Cambridge ending at the river!

Meet: Mill Pond, Mill Lane (by the punts & The Mill pub).
End: Paradise Nature Reserve

Cost: £7.50 (under 16 free). Families welcome.

Mill Pond

"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.