Trumpington Village Sign unveiled June 2010, designed by Sheila Betts.
Trumpington Local History Group

Growing Up, Grantchester Road
Copyright © Trumpington Local History Group, 2014. Updated 3 July 2014.
Brian Goodliffe

This is the first part of a series of childhood memories of Trumpington in
the 1940s and 1950s. For an introduction to the series, see
Childhood
Memories of Trumpington.
I was born in the Cambridgeshire village
of Linton in May 1944, but in
November 1946 my late father, Ron
Goodliffe, got a job as a tractor driver
on the Pemberton estate based in
Trumpington, and we moved into a tied
cottage in Swan's Yard, a small row of
terraced cottages that used to be off the
east side of the High Street.

When I was aged four, we moved to 18
Grantchester Road, or Dated Cottages
as it was then known, as it had the year
1654 on the front in big metal numbers.
It also sported an ancient plaque of the
Sun Fire-Insurance Company, depicting
a smiling face with rays of the sun
coming out of it. With the English Civil
War still going on at the time, perhaps
they thought it prudent to get the newly
built property covered by insurance. I
hope they weren't too disappointed
when they got the policy through, and
read the small print that excluded 'acts
of war and civil unrest'. Off the back
bedroom there was a narrow doorway
to some stairs that took you up to an
attic that I had as a playroom. An
enormous wooden beam ran right
across the middle of the attic floor,
somewhat restricting the layout of my
Hornby wind-up train set. There was
also an opening skylight; and by
balancing on the raised foot-rail of the
old feather bedstead that was kept up
there for the occasional guest, I could
reach out onto the roof and gather
interesting clumps of moss. I remember
a lone lady American tourist taking a
photograph of the house, with me in my
wellingtons posed in front. A few weeks
later she sent me a copy of the photo all
the way from America. American
photography must have been years
ahead of ours; because instead of just a
plain square photo, all four edges of the
paper were scalloped.

In around 1954, we moved
next-door-but-one into Park Cottage, 22
Grantchester Road; the left hand half of
the row of old thatched cottages
opposite the church. There were, and
possibly still are, three front doors; but
even by then it had long since been
converted from presumably three into
two dwellings. An elderly couple, Mr &
Mrs Hislop, lived in the other half.
Continue with the next part of Brian Goodliffe's childhood memories of Trumpington in the
1940s and 1950s.
18 Grantchester Road from the entrance to the Trumpington Church, August 2008
20-22 Grantchester Road from the entrance to the Trumpington Church, August 2008
Front view of 18 Grantchester Road, from the
entrance to Trumpington Church. Photo:
Andrew Roberts, August 2008.
20-22 Grantchester Road from the entrance
to Trumpington Church. Photo: Andrew
Roberts, August 2008.
Looking east along Grantchester Road from the churchyard, August 2008
Trumpington Church from Grantchester Road, September 2007
Looking east along Grantchester Road from
the churchyard. Photo: Andrew Roberts,
August 2008.
Trumpington Church from Grantchester
Road. Photo: Andrew Roberts, September
2007.
Brian Goodliffe, mother, maternal grandmother and brother, summer 1950, in the back yard of 18 Grantchester Road
Brian Goodliffe (front
left), mother, maternal
grandmother and
brother, summer
1950, in the back yard
of Dated Cottages, 18
Grantchester Road.
The trees and bushes
to the left are on the
line of Campbell
Lane. Photo:
Goodliffe family.
Side view of Dated Cottage, 18 Grantchester Road, 1955, from the garden of 22 Grantchester Road
Side view of Dated Cottages, 18 Grantchester
Road, 1955, from the garden of Park Cottage, 22
Grantchester Road. Photo: Goodliffe family.
Brian Goodliffe’s mother on the doorstep of 22 Grantchester Road, 1956
Brian Goodliffe's mother, Jean, on the
doorstep of Park Cottage, 22 Grantchester
Road, 1956. The front door lock may
have been an original feature, as the key
was large scale, similar to a church key.
Photo: Goodliffe family.
Park Cottage, 22 Grantchester Road, 13 July 1957, from Grantchester Road
Park Cottage, 22 Grantchester Road, 13 July
1957, from Grantchester Road. With Brian
Goodliffe, rear left (aged 13), Michael
Goodliffe, front (aged 7) and one of the Parr
family. Photo: Goodliffe family.
Dated Cottages, 18 Grantchester Road, 13 July 1957, from Grantchester Road
Dated Cottages, 18 Grantchester Road, showing the Sun-Fire Insurance Company plaque and the 1654 date
Dated Cottages, 18 Grantchester Road,
13 July 1957, from Grantchester Road,
showing the Sun-Fire Insurance
Company plaque and the 1654 date.
With Brian Goodliffe, rear left (aged
13), Michael Goodliffe, front left (aged
7) and the younger boys of the Parr
family. Photo: Goodliffe family.
A Goodliffe family photograph from early 1952
A Goodliffe family photograph from early 1952, in
the rear of Dated Cottages, 18 Grantchester Road,
with father, Ron, mother, Jean, Michael and Brian,
plus Trixie the dog. Photo: Goodliffe family.
Brian Goodliffe as a Trumpington choir boy, 1953
Brian Goodliffe as a Trumpington choir boy, in the
rear garden of Dated Cottages, looking towards the
rear of other houses on Grantchester Road, 1953.
Photo: Goodliffe family.
Footnote: a newspaper cutting from
the Cambridge News referred to the
proposed demolition of cottages on
Grantchester Road, Friday 19 July
1968. These included Park Cottage,
22 Grantchester Road. Fortunately,
the demolition did not take place.