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

Wednesday 12th September: 18.00-19.30/20.00
New Chesterton History Tour
From Histon Road to Mitcham’s Corner - via Victoria Road, Chesterton Lane, the surrounding streets.....and the river Cam!

What do you know about 'New Chesterton' ? Discover the area today, and learn about its past:
  • Explore how medieval village fields were transformed into a 19th century urban suburb.
  • Visit the famous Histon Road cemetery,
  • See the last Cambridge windmill,
  • Hear about 'Waifs and Strays' .... David Kindersley.....Coprolite digging,
  • and ....find out about Mitcham’s Corner and the importance of 'Tony'.

Did you think Victoria Road was dull ? Not true! Come and see for yourself.

Meet: Histon Road Cemetery, Histon Road Entrance.
End: Staples, Mitchams Corner
Cost: £8.00. Under 16 free. Families welcome. 
Just turn up, but places are limited. Please book in advance to guarantee a place - see email below

"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.