The Wetherby Crossing. |
Local residents are aware of the long established pedestrian crossing of the railway line, connecting the Granby Street area on the north side to the Cricket Field Road/ New Cheveley Road area on the south side. The line also provides a boundary between the counties of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Sandra Easom has had a query from Town Councillor Peter Hulbert who is looking for evidence (including personal testimony, that the Wetherby crossing was always a public right of way. I know older Newmarket residents must have memories of using the crossing in their younger days.
Sandra has sent sent him a section of the 1896 OS Map which appears to show a dotted footpath coming from there. However, extra evidence to back this up would certainly help matters. If anyone has anything please send it to me or Peter (in that case please copy Sandra in)
Tony Pringle is positive that every single day of any year at least several dozen folk would have used that route from Newton Terrace to town, and hundreds on some days. Living as his family did at the town gate side and his father running his business from the Maltings, they were in a better position than most to judge the use of the crossing. Even the days when there were 7 or 8 lines in constant use during working hours no one was ever hurt there.
Newmarket Pubs website.
Tony also confirms that the new website about our pubs is now live on the net. After some 50 years of off and on of his research, plus additions from Joan Shaw, the late Les Jewel and other members, not forgetting Peter Norman's immense collection of photographs, eventually it has all been brought together.
Please take a look at www.newmarketpubs.co.uk . It covers every pub, club and hotel that has been discovered in the town since medieval time, many which few of you will ever heard of, many closed since WW1 and several that should bring back memories for some of the members..
March 17th 2020.......Was to have been a "Old Photographs of Newmarket" show from the vast collection of member Peter Norman,but was the first hit of the COVID19 cancellations
February 18th 2020....The last meeting before the COVID19 lock down was a talk by Andy Peachey "From Pre-history to the Saxons", about the excavations in the Deben Valley in East Suffolk where works were being undertaken to link off shore wind turbines with distribution sites in the area
January 21st 2020.....Peter Green, of the National Trust, East of England spoke of "Lifeon the Edge, the story of the Butcher family of 5 Lode Lane, Wicken.
December 2019 ....The usual members Christmas gathering, buffet and quizes by Peter Norman and Chris Easom.
November 2019......Talk by Dr.Paul Saban on the History of the Medical Practices in Newmarket, as covered by his website www.talkingdust.net
October 2019........Talk by member Brian Parsley on the 2019 archaeological dig at Scotsdales Nursery, Fordham
September 2019......Mike Petty gave a talk on the life of James Reynolds Withers, the Fordham poet.
August 2019........The Society's summer hibernation
July2019........Visit to the Bottisham Air Museum. Although not quite completed the museum presented a fascinating display of artifacts in the few original building left of R.A.F. Bottisham in WW2. Another visit to see the completed works was planned for summer 2020 but is not now known when this might be possible
. 2019..Newmarket pubs: After many years of research by Tony Pringle, Peter Norman, Joan Shaw and other members, Tony has at long last put together a website detailing the history of the pubs, clubs and hotels of Newmarket, many of which no longer exist, many indeed that readers here may never even have heard of.www.newmarketpubs.co.uk. As ever you are invited to offer any exra information on this subject,especially photographs.
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