Cambridge, along with the rest of the UK, has been under government ordered lockdown since 23rd March 2020, in an attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
This thriving city, with a population of approximately 124,000 people usually attracts, over 5 million visitors every year.
However the normally busy streets have been deserted ever since the start of lockdown, at the end of March, as shown by these captivating images.
If you’ve ever visited Cambridge then you will know that it’s never this quiet. As well as the local residents and visitors, the city also has two universities, with approximately 30,000 students between them.
The city feels like a ghost town (did you know that the Specials wrote their song Ghost Town about Cambridge?).
Under normal circumstances, there are times when Cambridge feels quiet.
This is usually when the Cambridge students have finished term and local students, who study elsewhere but live in the city, have yet to return during the holidays.
But this is different.
Normally at this time of year, many of the Cambridge colleges would be closed to visitors anyway, because it’s exam term.
However, now they are all closed, along with all of the other attractions and businesses. Still no punting for us.
Many of the live events and festivals that would normally take place in the city, have sadly been cancelled this year.
Normally busy areas of Cambridge, like King’s Parade, pictured above, are completely deserted, except for the odd passer-by.
Local residents and frequent visitors to Cambridge will be used to dodging cyclists, even in the pedestrianised parts of town, and having to remember to look both ways even before stepping into one way streets.
No need to do that at the moment.
In the past, some have complained about Cambridge being too busy, about it being overwhelmed by visitors and tourism.
We’re sure that even they would now welcome the return of people to this beautiful city.
Of course, we’re not advocating the lifting of lockdown restrictions until it’s safe to do so, but we’ll be ready to welcome people back as soon as they are.
From a historical point of view, this literally is unprecedented.
These images make for fascinating viewing and with discussions going on about how restrictions might start to be lifted, the chances are that scenes like this may never be seen again.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these images of Cambridge during lockdown.
In some ways, now would be a perfect time to visit the city, whilst it’s so quiet. Of course, you can’t do that at the moment.
For the time being, you’ll just have to enjoy these photos of our beautiful city.
But once the lockdown restrictions start to be eased, it’s likely that it will be some time before overseas tourists start to return, so the city may well be quieter than usual for quite a while yet.
We would like to thank local resident and manager of Campkins Camera shop, on King’s Parade, Owen Howell, for giving us permission to use these images that he has been capturing on his daily walks around Cambridge.