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3:00pm-4:30pm on Sunday 3 April
3:00pm-4:30pm on Sunday 3 April

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Helen Weinstein, Old Mill Road Library Entrance Headly Road Cambridge CB1 2GH, CB1 2GH

Join Helen Weinstein, Director of Historyworks, for a history tour around the local area of the Eagle Iron Foundry (now called Ironworks) to explore the neighbourhood inhabited by the skilled working people of Victorian Cambridge.

Public Historian Helen Weinstein will start her walking tour outside the door of the Victorian Mill Road Library on Headly Street CB1 2GH. On the History tour Helen tells the story of how the Eagle Iron Foundry transformed the landscape alongside the Mill Road Bridge in Victorian times with the Headly family business and their foundry workers and coprolite diggers and millworkers all located in the new neighbourhood by the railway line.

The tour will explore the impact of the Headly family’s foundry locally, showing a range of artefacts from bridges and railings, mill wheels and water pumps, weather vanes to boot scrapers that survive from Headlys.

Sturton Town once was a well known area linking East Road to Mill Road, not only serving the railway but a thriving neighbourhood of businesses and shops in Victorian times, from the Iron works at Headly's Eagle Foundry to the Dairies and Brewers, Shoe and Boot Makers, Laundries and Dressmakers who lived with their families in the terraced housing with evidence of these Victorian businesses still surviving to this day at the locations shown in this in-person history walking tour. This project has had input from Cambridge University History MA intern students at HistoryWorks who may join us to talk about Victorian occupations and how Cambridge 'fits' with other railway towns.

Walking tour of 90 minutes from Headly Street off Mill Road CB1 2GH to Geldart Pub on Ainsworth Street CB1 2PF, a short walk, with a rich tapestry of story-telling about the skilled working people of Victorian Cambridge to discover!

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Find out more: View the local history resources about Victorian Cambridge produced by Helen Weinstein, Director of HistoryWorks, which you can view for free here:

For individual properties, please find more on the Sturton Town Project pages Helen Weinstein and the community volunteers are uploading about Sturton Town on Capturing Cambridge here:

Image: Robinson Crusoe Bridge on Coe Fen produced by J I Headly at the Eagle Foundry on Mill Road; photo taken by Helen Weinstein

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Tour
Timing: In person
Cost: Free. Donations requested to Refugee Hardship Fund of £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Cash on day to charity or donations via text to 70560 (standard network fees apply) text REFUGEE10 or REFUGEE5
Event Capacity: unlimited under present covid rules
Theme: Discovery
Accessibility: Step-free access

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