29th Cambridge (Old Chesterton): Outline History

Cambridge District Scout Archive

Registered in December 1921 with IHQ number 8448 it was a closed Group.  The initial registration was uncertain about who was the Controlling body and recorded them to be led by  ‘? the Vicar and SM + Chapman’ of St Andrews Church, Old Chesterton. The troop was named in 1920 list and in the Reveille!, single issue magazine , of January 1920.

29th (Old Chesterton). With Mr. Lang, fresh from Gilwell Park, and Mr. B. Armstrong (the IIIrd), what Troop could
help prospering! They alone of our Troops shine at Staff drill and Ingonyama Choruses. We shall hear more of this
Troop in the near future.

The HQ of the troop was The Institute. I have not yet identified this building.

It returned census numbers for Scouts for 1921 – 1923, on registration recording one leader and eight Scouts, in 1922 one leader and fifteen Scouts.

Despite a short lifespan it listed three SM’s

  • A B Westcott   SM       Home address being Dene Rectory Peterborough
  • Edwin King      SM       Trinity Hall
  • JSL David         SM       Queens College
  • Reg. Taylor      ASM

It was listed as in abeyance and not re registered in October 1925.

Note:  ‘Old Chesterton’ is a location used ahead of the start of Scouting. The 10th Cambridge ‘New Chesterton‘ was listed in 1910, although this was possibly not the official title.

JWR Archivist Aug 2022