May 1, 2020

April 2020

In years past, with open fires and thatched roofs, fire was an ever-present danger. Many buildings along Church Street were lost to fire before improvements in safety in the early 20th century. This month
April 1, 2020

Mar 2020

This, of course, is the inside of our beautiful medieval church. You might think it looks the same today but this picture was taken around 1900 and there are some important differences. Although the pews
March 1, 2020

Feb 2020

This is quite an old photo – probably about 1900 and we see the White Hart pub on the right. But what is this building in the middle? It has a shop front but above is a wooden structure with open slatted
January 31, 2020

Jan 2020

This month we see Green St. looking towards Rampton End, probably about 1950. The building furthest away is, more recently, “Rainbow Crafts” but the building on the left was the home of Dennis Jeeps
January 1, 2020

Dec 2019

Election fever 1910. Towards the end of the 1800’s Willingham’s MP (Constituency of Chesterton) was Conservative. But in 1906 Edwin Montagu won for the Liberal party (Labour was in its infancy).
January 1, 2020

Nov 2019

Although there were very few vehicles 100 years ago - mostly carts - the roads still had to be maintained and ruts and potholes filled up. From time to time a steam roller and crew would arrive to do
January 1, 2020

Oct 2019

Here, in the 1960s, we see Charlie Ingle who was station master at Longstanton station for many years. He is not at the botanical gardens – he is standing at the end of the east-bound platform! You
October 2, 2019

Sept 2019

With all the recent openings and closings of "Happy House" I thought I'd include this photo of the village Fish & Chip shop as it was in 1965. This ramshackle building was on the site where "Happy
August 28, 2019

August 2019

This is one of the few photos that shows my own house on the High St.! The date would be early 1950s and the most striking thing about the picture is the mass of greenhouses and outbuildings and the back
August 2, 2019

July 2019

It’s 1960’s and the children are loading on to a coach, presumably for an outing somewhere. The coach is a Crossley SD42 parked just by the cemetery gate on Church Lane. This type of coach was built