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VE Day Parade (1945)

A VE Day military parade on 8th May 1945 featuring the Free French Airforce, who were stationed at Westwood Airfield, passing through the Cathedral gates. Many thanks to John Newell for this photo.

Peterborough from the East (1888)

An 1888 illustration looking back along the original course of the Nene through Black Bridge at Stanground and onto a city very much different from today !

Kings School (1883)

A lovely old illustration showing Kings School dated 1883 which was two years before it moved to its current site on Park Road – which would suggest this is the school at its original site in the Cathedral precincts but I’m happy for anybody to correct me on this one …… being an ex-Deaconian, I’m not supposed to know about these things ! 

Cathedral Quadrangle c.1929

Classic motorised vehicles sitting around the Cathedral quadrangle in 1929.

Masonic procession

An undated image showing a procession of freemasons inside the cathedral grounds on their way to a special service attended by masons from four counties.

Cathedral modifications (1883)

A fascinating illustration from The Illustrated London News of 27th January 1883 showing modifications to the cathedral’s central tower.

1883 saw extensive restoration work start on the cathedral, with the interior pillars, the choir and the west front being completely rebuilt under the supervision of John Loughborough Pearson, and new hand-carved choir stalls, cathedra (bishop’s throne), choir pulpit and the marble pavement and high altar being added. A stepped level of battlements was removed from the central tower, reducing its height slightly. 

Peterborough Bank Token (1811)

An 1811 silver bank token embossed with Cole & Co Peterborough Bank and seemingly worth eighteen (old) pence !

Peterborough from the south c.1828

A lovely old print dated 1828 showing the cathedral from across the river somewhere downstream of what would today be the embankment area. 

Cathedral Gateway c.1906

The Norman gateway to the cathedral grounds with Fairweather & Son Coal & Coke merchants on the left and the Cathedral Studio on the right where the Peterborough Advertiser was first produced back in 1854.

The Cathedral Studio was demolished when Narrow Street was widened to form today’s Bridge Street in the 1920s. 

Cathedral c.1860

A very early image of Peterborough around 1860 with a view of the cathedral from what would today be Vineyard Road somewhere near the primary school.