John Bull Studio Portrait

A lovely early 1900s portrait photo taken at the studio of Peterborough born photographer John Bull of 41 City Road who was a true photographic pioneer in the city, operating from his City Road base as early as the late 1860s.

Broad Bridge Street (1915)

1915 on (Broad) Bridge Street close to Town Bridge. The efforts to erect the shop canopy in the foreground come courtesy of Herbert’s Juvenile Outfitters.

House Auction Document (1928)

A 1928 document featuring an auction of houses at Victoria Terrace, Crawthorne Road (top) and Salisbury Terrace, Monument Street (bottom).

The auction took place at the Angel Hotel on Narrow Street.

The End of the Corn Exchange (1964)

The eve of destruction for the old Corn Exchange building in 1964 after it had served the city for ten years as a major music venue under the management of Norman Jacobs.

Building owners Norwich Union refused to extend the lease, leaving Jacobs to set up the Peterborough Palais as the new music venue for the city. The last band to play the Corn Exchange was The Ivy League on 23rd May 1964.

Inside the Corn Exchange

A rare image showing traders inside the old corn exchange building on Church Street.

The Corn Exchange was built in 1846 and opened on 24th November 1848 on the site of an old theatre and went on to become reputedly the busiest Exchange in the region right up to WW2 when it was badly damaged by a German incendiary bomb.

Peterborough Cathedral – Tuck Postcard

A superb Edwardian postcard issued by Raphael Tuck & Sons who were one of the pioneers of artistic picture postcards, dating back to 1866 in Bishopsgate, London.

This card came from the Cathedrals Series issued c.1904.


JH Duddington, Long Causeway (c.1900)

The JH Duddington store that sat on the corner of Long Causeway (right) and Cumbergate (left), pictured c.1900.

St Peters Training College

A colour-tinted image showing the rear of St Peter’s Training College – date unknown.

Peterborough Markets

A 1970s shot covering Cattle Market Road with the cattle market itself in the distance and the more familiar general market in the foreground.

Bridge Street Construction (1962)

Bridge Street in 1962 with the Marks & Spencer store being constructed between Halfords (right) and the original Woolworths store (left).