Early Meeting Places

Cambridge District Scout Archives

1908 – 1918

The meeting places of early troops reflect the institutions of the era.  Activity centres were provided through the established conduits of social care and development, not then Nationalised bodies.

Head Quarters            No troops claimed a ‘Head Quarters’ in the sense of owning or hiring a building for that use alone, though as some troops that meet up to four times a week may have dominated a space.  The Perse school was aspiring to a dedicated space in ‘the new building’ in 1912.

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1939 – 45       

 The 13th met at Tracey Hall in 1924 which had ‘no facilities like toilets and water, only gas lighting’.


‘The provision of Scouters and the provision of Headquarters remain our two most urgent needs’                       AGM report

Cambridge Troops that listed meeting places in between 1910 – 12, the 1918 report and in the list of the 1960’s:

The use of the Rectory has been included in the category of Church Hall/ rooms.  Whilst it was the home of the Rector they were often large buildings which provided facilities for community use.

The nuances in the use of Reading rooms, Village Hall, Parish room, Institute and Memorial Hall were probably of local tradition.    A Reading Room with expectations of quiet repose is unlikely to have been hired to a troop.

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The meeting places in the 1910 – 12 and 1918 lists were before the post war, red brick ‘Memorial Halls’ that are now, 90 to 100 years on being renovated.  It may be assumed that the post 1918 influx of buildings (above) was an improvement on what was available before.

The address Bleak House was given for the 12th Cambridge District Bottisham Troop in the 1918 Annual Report – they were gone by 1920. The hardy 9th Cambridge District Linton who met in the ‘Crown Hotel yard’ (now the Crown Inn, below) lasted three years.


The 2nd Cambridge met for a time on Silver Street Bridge.

JWR Archivist Mar 2019