Jubilees, coronations and celebrations

Platinum Jubilee in 2022 (Queen Elizabeth II had reigned for 70 years).

Lighting the beacon on Castle Hill

Gwydir Street Community Tea 2022

A house in Gwydir Street wished to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth in 2012.


There was a street party as well. Click here for more photos.

Gwydir Street had a street party during Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee weekend (June 1st 2002).

This is part of the picnic, outside the Cambridge Blue.

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Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee was in 1977, as shown in this display in a sweet shop on Mill shop. The Union Jack was painted, but the centre display was entirely made of sweets. In Cambridge, the beacon was lit from the top of Castle Mound - the closest approach to a mountain locally. Ely had to light a rocket from the top of the cathedral! The pubs were open all day, a rare event then. Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee

Cambridge Market Square with coronation decorations

Market Square

Queen Elizabeth's coronation was in 1953, the year after her father, George VI, died.
I was born in that year, which is why I have these souvenirs.

Queen Elizabeth's Coronation Queen Elizabeth's Coronation

I found this in a charity shop in 2022.

Queen Elizabeth's Coronation

Celebrating end of war Celebrating end of war

Gwydir Street celebrating the end of war in Europe (VE Day) in 1945. You can see an air raid shelter in the background. This can also be seen on the page for no. 60.
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Devonshire Road's VE Party. Jim Wingett (ex 49 Devonshire Road) wrote to me saying "The vicar on the right of the photograph is the Reverend Rushton from St. Barnabas Chuch Mill Road. The girl to the left is Mary Gardener, next to her is her sister whose name I forget, then John Sprague, next and hidden from view was me. To the right is an unknown infant and next to him is my brother Michael who still lives in Cambridge. I believe the lady standing at the left was Mrs Zeobel who escaped from Nazi Germany. The second kid in from the right is my brother Michael worrying that there don't seem many buns for all those people."

King Edward VII Coronation King Edward VII Coronoation This medallion was found in a garden shed in Gwydir Street. It commemorate the coronation of Edward VII 'King of Great Britain and Ireland, Emperor of India' in 1902. The other side says 'Borough of Cambridge - George Kett JP Mayor - Coronation Year' with the city coat of arms.

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee was in 1897, seen at the top of this plaque on a wall in the old Pye site off Gwydir Street. It also mentions Canada, Australia, Africa, W.Indies, N-Zealand, Burmah, Gibralr, Malta, Cyprus, Egypt, Empress of India and Victoria 60 years Queen of Great Britain & Ireland. There is an identical wall plaque in Hough Leyland. Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

Parkers Piece picnic

On the 28th of June, 1838, the Municipality of Cambridge organised one of the largest banquets ever prepared at Parker's Piece to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Victoria. The total number of participants was 32,000, with 15,000 diners and 17,000 spectators, at a time when the population of Cambridge was less than 30,000. The dinner itself - for the 'deserving poor' was free - but tickets were sold to the spectators. In total, the diners consumed 1,015 stone of meat, 72 lbs of mustard, 140lbs of salt, 125 gallons of pickles, 4,500 loaves of bread, 1,608 plum puddings of 6.5 lbs each, and 99 barrels of ale (3 pints per man, 1 pint per woman, and 1/2 a pint per child). Not only was it one of the largest banquets, but it was organised in just 13 days!

This information is taken from a display in the Hobb's Pavilion, during the 'Skipathon 2017' (a revivial of an ancient custom of skipping on Parker's Piece on Good Friday).

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