14th Cambridge District: Outline

Cambridge District Scout Archive


  • Cambridge District troops are those outside Cambridge Town boundaries.  Some troops altered from Cambridge District to Cambridge as the boundaries altered. This system ended in steps between 1928 and 1935 and all roups used Cambridge numbers.
  • Packs were not formally attached to troops until the move to the Group system in 1928.
  • Many of these District troops are poorly recorded.
  • 14th Cambridge District (Coton)                   1912 – 1913
  • 14th Cambridge District (Stapleford)                        1914
  • 14th Cambridge District (Bartlow)                1921 – 1922
  • 14th Cambridge District (1st Cottenham)     1924                Open               12655

14th Cambridge District (Coton)

Note in the 1912 – 1913 AGM report that Coton was in the process of being formed.  It was mentioned in 1915, but the context is lost and the start of Stapleford, clearly recorded by the contemporary Secretary’s notes, suggests that it had failed.

14th Cambridge District (Stapleford)                        1914

Listed February 1914 it was based at the Council School, Stapleford with one leader and 6 Scouts.

  • SM       W N Kirkland   (Walter Newman Kirkland, later Lt. RASC)

It was noted as Independent, probably as opposed to Controlled rather than existing outside any association.  Mrs Myers wrote in October 1914 for help.  C K Mowll revived the troop.  Mr Harvey, School House Stapleford is interested.

14th Cambridge District (Bartlow)                1922

A Troop registration form for September 1921 remains but it was not used.

It has HQ Reg 845a noted but no HQ stamp nor any signatures.

  • ASM     Miss M Purkin Barham Hall Linton .

Presumably active, if not registered, it lists one officer and 10 Scouts.  It was ‘closing down’ in October 1922.

14th Cambridge District (1st Cottenham)     1924 – 1925                Open               12644

An open troop ‘in connection with Cottenham Church bit open to boys of any denomination’ it met at the Church school.  Listed 1926 Gazette.

Registered June 10th 1924  as 12655with 9 Scouts and two leaders

  • SM       A E Osborne    Crowland Villa, Cottenham
  • ASM     E F Osborne     Crowland Villa

It was reported as defunct October 1925.

Cottenham became 46th Cambridge (Cottenham) on start of Group system 1928.  It was later to drop the 46th Cambridge in line with the Groups moving into the new district of North Cambridgeshire at the four way split of the very large Cambridge District in 1934.   It did not survive to transfer to East Cambridgeshire (purely a change of name) in 1935.

JWR  Archivist Jan 2023