An unusually quiet market scene with just a handful of traders in front of the Guild Hall.
An original enamel sign for Thomson’s of Cowgate featuring – with a degree of artistic license – an image showing the aerial walkway between their stores on both sides of the road.
A view of Midland Road in 1981 captured from the junction with Thorpe Road.
The photographer didn’t quite nail this one but still a wonderful and early shot along Broad Bridge Street and taken from close to Town Bridge.
A northbound fly ash train departing Peterborough Station in 1988 and hauled by Stratford based BR Class 47 #47328 which was withdrawn from service and cut up in 2005.
An early sales invoice from the store of Tom Lawrence Barrett incorporating a wonderful scene full of artistic license given that his store opened in 1893 !
There were two Barretts stores on opposite sides of Long Causeway at the Midgate/Westgate junction ….. this would be the store on the corner of Midgate (left) and Long Causeway (right).
Baptist minister, Rev Thomas Barrass (nicknamed ‘the Nonconformist Bishop of Peterborough’) whose popularity was behind the construction of a new building on Queen Street capable of seating 800 people in 1870.
The building only lasted for 35 years until, early in the morning of October 16, 1905 the chapel and most of the “Barrass Memorial Hall” built in 1904 alongside were completely burned down leaving only the shell of the buildings standing. The cause of the fire was unknown, but it is listed among the ‘great fires of Peterborough’.
Pictured below are the buildings before the fire and the devastation afterwards, along with smartly dressed onlookers !
Henry Lee, minister at the Park Road Baptist Church in 1905.
Church Deacons from Park Road Baptist Church pictured in 1940s.
A late 1940s image showing the city’s smartly turned out Sea Rangers.
The Sea Rangers began to appear in the early 1920s as a nautical wing of the Girl Guides Association and were well established across the UK by the time of WW2 at which point many became WRENS.
Although the Guides dropped the Sea Rangers wing in 1973, the Sea Rangers Association established themselves and continue to operate today.