160pp 350 ILLUS 2010 OUT OF PRINT HA46



In 1925, a group of Cambridge antiquarians loaded their car with cameras, tripods and glass-plate negatives and their journey took them into a landscape of ancient remains, crumbling churches and dilapidated cottages where residents drank water from wells. These explorers were reviving an earlier project to produce a photographic survey of Cambridgeshire, recording both buildings and a way of life. Petty’s powerful selection of photographs from their pioneering survey shows a way of life that has disappeared forever. The photographs of Cambridge show streets that have since changed beyond recognition and industries, shops and homes that have now vanished. The images are supplemented by contemporary reminiscences and newspaper stories that combine to show the hardship of country life before the Second World War.