Park Road - or Watery Lane?

Park Road Group

The Volunteer Inn and Park Road
The Volunteer Inn and Park Road
Impressed by the sight of a car in Park Road!
Impressed by the sight of a car in Park Road!
Camside, with an unknown family
Camside, with an unknown family
Sheep in Park Road c. 1970
Sheep in Park Road c. 1970

Park Road is frequently given its earlier name of Watery Lane, which more aptly describes the problems faced by the residents over the years – there is always a risk of flooding from the River Cam or water sweeping down from The Leasows.

Although there have been inevitable changes over the centuries, it is possible to get a feeling for the way that people have lived here, and this curiosity has driven the Park Road research group which has been investigating the history of this old street for some years.

Alison Gough, with Sue Badger, Geraldine Rogers and VinĀ  Kelly, has studied parish records, censuses, directories, books and newspapers to identify the families and their stories. Photographs taken over 100 years ago have enhanced the descriptions of people and events.

Here are four chapters of ‘The Park Road Story’: the group is inviting people to read and add more information or memories.

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