Thorpe Road (c.1914)

Despite the quiet rural feel, this scene is still recognizable today as you look along Thorpe Road towards the Longthorpe Parkway roundabout.

Rogers Store on Cowgate (c.1912)

A wonderful shot along the side of Cowgate and looking back towards Market Place.

The very busy hardware store belonged to Peterborian Thomas William Rogers who lived on Thorpe Road.

Neaverson’s on Long Causeway (c.1905)

The wonderful Neaverson’s fruiterers, confectioners and tea room on Long Causeway ….. presumably with staff posing outside.

The plaque above the doorway on the left advertises that Neaversons have stores at both Bridge End and 38 Broad Bridge Street.

The Long Causeway premises was in the name of Herbert Neaverson who was one of many descendants from the Peakirk based Neaversons  and who first showed up as a “grocer’s assistant” at the Bridge End store on the 1891 census. By the time of the 1901 census he was listed at the Long Causeway premises.


Soldiers at Milton (c.1914)

The East Anglian Royal Engineers at camp on the Milton estate and looking suitably proud of their temporary bridge built on the Milton estate lake.

Off to the Bridge Fair (1912)

A fantastic image from October 1912 showing crowds heading over Town Bridge towards Oundle Road and the Bridge Fair at Fair Meadows.

Bodgers Yard under water (1912)

The area behind (Broad) Bridge Street, now occupied by the likes of Asda and the Rivergate developments, was once a network of well populated “yards” that had the misfortune of being too close and too low down in relation to the river and was often flooded as a result.

This photo was taken during the infamous August 1912 floods at Bodgers Yard, named after a store that fronted on Bridge Street. Today, Bodgers Yard would be in the area between the Asda and Iceland stores !

Stenson’s Fish & Chips on Albert Place

Although it has all the appearance of an eating establishment that would be closed down today, “fried fish dealer” Walter Stenson’s Fish & Chips shop on Albert Place was very popular in the 1960s.

Albert Place disappearing into the distance on the left was lost under Bourges Boulevard albeit the gloomy backdrop in the distance remains unchanged today with the railway tarpaulin works looming over what was and still is the Beehive pub.

Midgate Shops

A row of shops along Midgate pictured in the latter days of their existence with the Coltons Cycles shop sitting under the “To Let” sign.

The view is pretty much opposite what was to become the Hereward Arcade looking up towards the junction with Long Causeway. Today the same scene is a series of sterile and characterless office blocks.

Message from Egypt (1916)

A simple postcard message from the military barracks at Abbassia Barracks in Egypt in 1916 stating “A very jolly Christmas to you all – love Cousin Ted” !

The card was posted to Master W Browning of the Browning family who lived in Stanground at the time.

Classic cars on Market Place

A wonderful collection of vintage motor vehicles parked up on Market Place in the early 1900s. An early Boots the Chemist store can be seen in the background.