Steam Roller Crash, Wansford (1912)

A superb 1912 image capturing a steam roller coming very close to crashing through Wansford bridge and into the River Nene below.

Corn Exchange Receipt (1904)

Some form of receipt/invoice from a Corn Exchange transaction in 1904.

H Mobb was Peterborough born Bridge Street boot maker Herbert Mobb (1860-1906) who was son of John Mobb who also ran a shoe making business in the city dating back to the mid 1800s.


Sir Nigel Gresley at Peterborough

LNER Class A4 #4498 “Sir Nigel Gresley” at Peterborough in July 1967.

Clun Castle at Peterborough Station (1967)

A rare sight at Peterborough (North) Station on 17th September 1967 as GWR Castle Class #7029 “Clun Castle” visits on an Ian Allan Rail Tour charter.

The Bells of St John’s (1910)

The ring of eight bells from St John’s Church undergoing restoration in 1910 at the works of Gillett & Johnston in Croydon who are still in business today, more than 170 years after the business started.

Peterborough Standard Special (1979)

Peterborough Station in 1979 and a double headed Class 31 special excursion carrying a “Peterborough Standard Special” headboard and headed by #31309.


Newborough Harvest (1912)

A gloomy group of small holders in Newborough attempting to salvage the harvest after the infamous floods of August 1912.

The Tankyard, Thorney (c.1896)

A very early image from around 1896 showing The Tankyard at Thorney which today houses the Thorney Heritage Museum. The neo-Jacobean building, now known as Bedford Hall, includes a 96 ft high water tower, erected in 1855, that supplied fresh water to the village.

Standing outside the engineer’s cottage building is wife of the Estate Foreman Ann Parker and in the foreground are her children Walter Parker, Ethel Mary Parker, Lucy Maud Parker and Lily Bates Parker.

[Thanks to Helen Parker-Drabble of the Thorney Society for use of the image]

Barnwell Floods

An undated image showing the village of Barnwell in flood. The photo was taken outside of the Montagu Arms public house immediately to the right of the photographer with the Barnwell Brook flowing away from the camera on the far left of the floodwater.

Ailsworth (c.1911)

An evening shot capturing a location in Ailsworth village around 1911.

Mark Smith adds, “That is Kek Cottage (white with thatch roof and opposite what is now the dentist surgery) at the top of Main Street in Ailsworth.

The photo is taken almost on the corner where Main Street goes round into the top of Maffit Road. There was a pig farm just out of shot on the right and in the field behind the cameraman was a small pond. A travelling circus used to pitch up there once a year to entertain the villagers.”