Images of Cambridge, compiled by Michael J. Petty
Published by Breedon Books in 2006, 212 pages.
Large substancial Hardback with Dust Jacket - 30cm by 22cm (N3435)
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This book is a fascinating and detailed pictorial history of Cambridge, and is packed full with black and white photographs showing the town, it's people and the local area in decades gone by.....This book will undoubtedly delight anyone with an interest in the history of the Cambridgeshire town, it's people and the local area.......
Images of Cambridge is a unique picture of one English city during the 20th century. Spanning the period from the death of Queen Victoria to the present day, and with a glance forward to possible developments, the book covers Cambridge from King’s College to the suburbs of King’s Hedges, and from the first bus to the ‘Green Bicycles’.
It brings together photgraphs from a wide range of sources, from formal groups to family snapshots, most never before published in book form, and draws extensively upon the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Central Library in Lion Yard and the archives of the Cambridge Evening News.
Looking behind the fine historic faces that help turn a relatively small town into a world city, the book charts the developments as they happened. It demonstrates slum clearance and house building, the growth of the Arbury estate, changing shopping patterns with small shops making way for Lion Yard and the Grafton Centre, traffic - from Mitchams corner by day and night - and the new Elizabeth Way Bridge which solved the city’s notorious problems for a brief period.
With the Cambridge University it covers rag-day activities, new colleges and departments and May ball breakfasts in Fitzroy street - just a few steps away from the new Anglia Polytechnic University.
Its chronological arrangement makes it possible for the reader to see Cambridge as they first knew it, either as a child in the 1920s, as an undergraduate in the 1950s or a resident in the 1980s. They can then see how and when the changes occured or turn back the pages to discover what had happened in previous decades.