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