Small landmarks have disappeared
WHEN we moved to Huntingdon 25 years ago, it was a small, historic market town. Since then there has been much change, some for the better, but I am concerned that we have lost some historical features and wonder why and where are they now. There was a wo
WHEN we moved to Huntingdon 25 years ago, it was a small, historic market town. Since then there has been much change, some for the better, but I am concerned that we have lost some historical features and wonder why and where are they now.
There was a wonderful stone fountain, similar to Hobson's Conduit in Cambridge, outside the old County Hospital.
It was dismantled at one time and is now lost. Could this be rebuilt somehow?
There was a sign in Chequers Court near R and B Shoe Repairs, indicating the site of the old Marshalls Brewery: now taken down and lost?
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An old red post box on the corner of Ingram Street and Hartford Road was removed some years ago for "safety reasons" but, instead of being relocated elsewhere in historic Huntingdon, I understand it went to Cambridge. Why?
We seem also to have lost the pillars from the old meat market which held up the gazebo and the gravestones.
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What about the loss of an ancient right of way up St Germain Street, now blocked by a gate, and the rare Indian bean tree cut down for the new bus lane?
Other old trees near the library will soon be lost too.
I do not want to live in a sanitised, modernised, faceless town. Why is Huntingdon not worthy of retaining its original features? I call upon the district council and the town council to exercise their duty to preserve our heritage.
RUTH PUGH, Euston Street, Huntingdon