Parker's Piece seen from south west corner
History of Parker's Piece
Parker’s Piece[s] (postmarked 1910) looking towards the Catholic Church
A brief history of Parker’s Piece[s] can be found here:
One feature of the site is Reality Checkpoint, a large cast-iron lamp post. The Wikipedia article about the post describes the four possible theories behind the name:
Parker’s Pieces was the location for the Temperance Rally on Tuesday 15th October 1907. In the afternoon, according to the Cambridge Independent Press 18.10.1907, there was a parade and review of the bands of Hope and Temperance Societies.
Cambridge Temperance Jubilee 1910
Controversy was created by the comments of Judge Rentoul in support of the event.
The Judge Rentoul controversy
There were also press reports of a Mansion House banquet at which Judge Rentoul reported seventy-four bottles of champagne had been drunk by the bishops. A spokesperson for the Archbishop of Canterbury called these ‘unfounded allegations.’
Judge Rentoul controversy 1907