Kettle & Son, Door Plate

A cast iron door plate marked Kettle & Son who may well be George Kettle Senior and George Kettle Junior. George Senior was born on the Elton estate in 1843 and, along with his son, worked as an engine fitter on the railways in the late 1800s but by the early 1900s the family had moved to School Place off Albert Place where George Senior was operating as an “iron planer”.

Bus on Bourges Boulevard

Superb image from the early 1970s showing a bus heading down Bourges Boulevard with the Woolworths building far left and the old Huntings Butchers still standing defiantly but dwarfed alongside it !

1970s Peterborough from above

A fascinating pre-Queensgate aerial shot over the Bridge Street/Albert Place/Wentworth Street area of Peterborough.

Albert Place is visible from top right down to bottom left in the image.

Stenson’s Fish & Chips on Albert Place

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.

John Bland Grocer

An invoice/receipt issued by Aldwinckle born John Bland who traded as a Grocer on Bridge Street in 1898 but can be traced back to Albert Place in the 1870s.

Peterborough Electricity Works opening (1929)

Finely dressed guests await the opening of the Peterborough Electrical Power Station on June 28th, 1929 which was formally opened by HRH Prince George who, on the same day, also laid the foundation stone for the new Town Hall and opened the children’s wing of the Memorial Hospital !

Thanks to Lynne Dawkins for the image.

Albert Place demolition (c.1970)

Looking up Albert Place towards the junction with Bridge Street in the early days of the construction of Bourges Boulevard. Amongst the rubble on the left was the popular little fish and chip shop that operated under what is today the Woolworths/TKMaxx building which had not started construction at this time.