3th 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 Groups 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.

The following iterations of the 3rd Cambridge District may be minor name changes rather than significant changes in their organisation or status.  Unfortunately the information is patchy and the links or clear-cut breaks are not evident. Only two registration forms remain in the core collection of forms.  All others are garnered from mentions elsewhere.

  • 3th Cambridge District (Newton/ Harston/ Shelford)        1910    }                      
  • 3th Cambridge District (Newton)                                          1910    }
  • 3th Cambridge District (1st Newton)                                                1910    }
  • 3th Cambridge District (Longstanton and Lolworth)                                  1912    }
  • 3th Cambridge District (Longstanton, Lolworth and Willingham) 1915    }
  • 3th Cambridge District (Lolworth)                                                    1919    }
  •             3th Cambridge District (Grantchester) P Pack          1919
  • 3th Cambridge District (Duxford)                                          1927    }
  • 3th Cambridge District (Duxford and Ickleton)                    1934    }

3th Cambridge District (Newton/ Harston/ Shelford)        1910

A single reference to the three villages, all as close to each other as later combinations in the area, but never repeated.  This was in the early subdivision of Cambridge A District, a system that did not last long at all.  Grey scarf and dark green shirts at this date.


3th Cambridge District (Newton)                                          1910

Dark Green Shirts and Grey Scarf        Possibly just a short version of the previous name and probably not significantly different to the following 1st Newton.  The 1st Newton is, however, a form generally seen in single name village troop and may reflect a change to a single village focus.


The Scout magazine mentions the 3th Cambridge District in February 1911 providing a guard of Honour for the Mayor alongside eight other troops.


3th Cambridge District (1st Newton)                                                1910

This clearly did not last beyond 1912. 


3th Cambridge District (Longstanton and Lolworth)                      1912

The combinations of Lolworth/ Longstanton/ Willingham appear to be genuine extensions and contractions of one troop. They are probably also shortened versions of the name as occurred with many troops with long composite names.  A third element is the existence of the separate villages having discrete ‘Patrols’, each of which may have engaged in some events as a detached body and possibly named in error as a Troop.

Rev C T Wood became the SM of Lolworth in 1913, which suggests a separate Troop


See also 1st Willingham: Outline History


3th Cambridge District (Longstanton, Lolworth and Willingham) 1913 

December 1913. 

  • SM       (Protemp.) Rev C T Wood
  • ASM     P Goose

It is noted that Willingham was registered as a separate Troop (19th) and, in the same hand,

  • SM       Rev C T Wood
  • ASM     J C Ford           Queens’
  • ASM     E E Fenwick     Queens’

It is not clear who the later list of leaders were with, the 3rd or the 19th.


3th Cambridge District (Lolworth)                                        1919     Re-founded after the Great War


3th Cambridge District (Grantchester) P Pack                      1919    Very likely an error.  Grantchester was 5th Cambridge District although their history is very muddled at this time.


3th Cambridge District (Duxford)                                          1922                15820   7572

Duxford (3rd from 1922, previously 11th District from 1912) later recorded as Duxford and Ickleton. 

Registered 6th November 1922 with 1 and later 2 leaders and 19 Scouts

  • ASM                 George William Kenzie
  • Chaplain          Rev. Browning                         Rectory Duxford
  • ASM                 Gilbert Harding
  • ASM                 G Tippins                                 RAF Duxford
  • ASM                 B N Wisbey

They were an Open troop meeting initially at the school and later J Wedd Esq., Barn, High Street Duxford.

Royal blue scarf in 1925.

  • They re registered as a Group in 1928 with the shift to the Group system, IHQ number 7572.  The scarf was black and white halves in 1928.


3th Cambridge District (Duxford and Ickleton)                    1934

            1935 09 04 – James Binney purchased the Manor of Pampisford with the mansion, grounds and estate in 1895. He served as a Magistrate, Deputy-Lieutenant and High Sheriff as well as special constable, churchwarden, chairman of the parish council and Commandant of Duxford and Ickleton Boy Scouts. From Mike Petty Cambridgeshire History Facebook

The 3rd Cambridge District (Duxford and Ickleton) moved to South Cambridgeshire District in the four way division of the very large Cambridge District in 1934.  They dropped the 3rd Cambridge District, as did the other groups that transferred.  The records after 1934 are not held in Cambridge District Archives.

JWR Archivist Feb 2023