Not many communities mix village character with business and industry as we do in H&I. The legacy of Chivers is still with us of course with the continuing successful operation of what is now Histon Sweet Spreads but it’s also what’s given us Vision Park which employs 2000 people or thereabouts.
Several organisations have their headquarters here, some are discrete whilst some advertise their presence as little more. I’d always suspected that the International Whaling Commission liked to keep a low profile until I saw the whale shaped weathervane atop one of its buildings.
I’ve had to stretch my definition a little perhaps to include the two H&I based multi-academy trusts so as to make up the list of 10. If you know of any other substantial organisations based here let’s identify them and add them to the list.
One of the Neighbourhood Plan’s cross cutting themes is ‘diverse and inclusive’ but we’re hardly diverse in a visual sense. But if you look a little more closely there’s plenty of people here who bring difference.
As a proxy measure for difference this post looks at ‘native’ language by which I mean what language did you speak at home when you’re growing up.
I’ve very quickly compiled this list of 10 from the people I know. I could easily get it up to 15 plus with a little more consideration. We’ve actually got 5 in Pease Way. I’m sure there are streets in Histon & Impington that would score 10 themselves.
So here’s the fairly simple challenge: how many ‘native’ languages are there in Histon & Impington. The qualifying rules are that you must know the person (it might be you!) and that he or she must live here now. I’m sure we’ll exceed 20 easily but how many more?
Cambridge Open Studios (click here) come round every year in July and there’s generally a good handful of artists from Histon & Impington. This year there’s been a bumper crop with 10 local people displaying their artistic talents.
I know it’s already history but there’s more information about everyone who participated in this year’s event in the catalogue. Click here if you’d like to see a copy.
I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg so please shout if you know of others or if you’ve a creative artist yourself.
It being the summer holidays with lots of younger people looking for activities it would seem appropriate for this list to stimulate a little activity. It’s hardly PokemonGo but it is a journey into the life of our villages before 1900.
To start click here for a document with photos of each of the buildings. Then see which ones you can identify.
These buildings are all still place. Generally they haven’t changed much but there’s one where the original features are 95% obscured.
Some of the photos are from a long time ago and although the buildings are unchanged the context is different so you have to use a little imagination to work out what they may look like today.
There’s no prizes for identifying the most buildings but feel free to post your best guesses under comments below or on HI People.
One of the cross cutting themes of our community is ‘heritage’. We are a modern community but our history shapes us and there’s lots of visible evidence.
We’re not an ‘olde worlde’ village dominated by twee cottages and English country gardens but we do have our fair share of thatched cottages across the two villages.
Here’s a list of 10, not necessarily the best by any criteria but just a representative list. Click here for more information about them, photographs and some of the others.
There’s also more information on the Historic England web-site (click here) although not all of our thatched cottages are identified there. There are links for those that are in the attached document.
The focus in the previous ‘list of 10’ was on Histon because that’s where the High Street is. But there’s a fair number of consumer businesses in Impington as well. They’re not all shops but they are businesses that deal directly with members of the public.
Note that this list does not include consumer businesses on Vision Park (D:licious and Progess) or behind the Station (Station Road Garage). They are in Histon.
The situation may change of course. We are expecting planning applications for the former Bishop’s site, the Station site and the one behind it and it’s hoped that they will be mixed use.
Here’s the detail behind the Impington list:
- The Holiday Inn: hotel, restaurant and health club; mainly a destination
- Anglia Fireplaces: fireplaces (as it says on the can); a destination store
- Richard Stebbings: funeral services; the ultimate destination!
- The Station Stores: convenience store
- The Railway Vue: restaurant, public house and entertainment venue
- Best One: convenience store
- Spire Cambridge Lea: hospital; another destination
- The Geographer: delicatessen and coffee shop
- Well: pharmacy
- Impington Sports Centre: health club