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Shelford Road / Trumpington Road junction, date unknown

Shelford Road / Trumpington Road junction

History of Shelford Road / Trumpington Road junction

AA box Shelford Road, Trumpington (after 1912)

Then and Now (David Gent)  – Trumpington.
View along Shelford Road towards Shelford.

First picture shows the AA box and patrol man. This postcard is undated.  First introduced in c.1912, the AA box was a place for the AA patrol man to wait between emergencies. Later used as a means for AA members to seek assistance, and to shelter from weather while waiting for that assistance. The boxes were lit by oil lamps, and had maps, a fire extinguisher and a telephone available for members’ use. Members were issued with a key that fitted all AA boxes. The 1970s and 1980s saw boxes phased out and replaced by more economical designs, ultimately simply a telephone on a post. The spread of mobile phones in the 1990s rendered the boxes largely obsolete, and in 2002, the AA abandoned its telephone network. In their heyday there were almost 1,000 boxes – now only 19 remain, eight of which have a Grade II heritage listing.

Second picture taken July this year

Shelford Road, Trumpington (photo DG 2022)

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