The Rivergate Roundabout on Bishops Road under construction – dating to the mid 1970s.
A lovely James Valentine image showing an immaculately prepared Bishops Road Gardens in the early 1900s.
With baggies and boots all ready, the Peterborough branch of the Manchester United Supporters Club about to head off from Bishops Road Bus station on a 1970s game day !
The Regional Swimming Pool shrouded in scaffolding during construction in 1976.
The old City (Temperance) Hotel on the corner of Bridge Street and Bishops Road and pictured around 1908. In 2017 we would be looking at the Poundland store.
Wonderful 1970s “soul boy” fashions on show in front of the cafe on the old Bishops Road Bus station site.
The school was later known as Bishops Road School and was sited where today’s Magistrates Court is, opposite the Pound Shop.
A busy shot of the Lido pool captured in 1938, two years after opening.
A lovely Edwardian scene showing the seemingly popular Bishops Road Gardens.
An undated image showing Bishops Road Gardens before the hedging was replaced by flower beds !
The latter days of the bus station on Bishops Road as a new landscape takes shape all around. The Key Theatre is in the background behind the pylon and the road under construction in the central foreground is today’s dual carriageway that sweeps around the back of the Magistrates Court building which is just visible far right.
The late Peggy Wright at work at the Lido in the 1950s where, as a very popular instructor, she taught many a young Peterborian to swim.
An aerial view of Bishops Road (top of picture) in the late 1970s and showing the Wirrina Stadium top left and the embryonic athletics track in the foreground.
Peterborough (outdoor) Swimming Pool as it was known when it opened in the late 1930s, better known today as the Lido.
A Whittlesey / Coates bound Morleys bus at a rainy Bishops road bus station in the 1950s.
A familiar scene to so many, the Bishops Road Bus Station in the 1950s.
The sign states “St Johns, Peterborough – Group 2” and is probably St Johns School on Bishops Road in the early part of the 1900s.
Thanks to Geoff Sutton for these excellent images from 1965. Geoff comments ……
I was 21 years of age in 1965 and staying with my parents on Farcet Road during the summer holidays. From the garden I heard an unusual sound from the road so I went to the front of the house and saw the approach of a showman’s steam vehicle.
I dashed inside to get my camera but was too late to get a shot as the engine had passed by. I then went off in pursuit on my bicycle and caught up with it on what was then the new(ish) Stanground bypass, took a picture, and followed it to its destination. That was to be the old bus station in Bishops Road where it parked on the pedestrian area in front of the old toilet block as an exhibit for all to see.
I’m not sure whether this was in conjunction with any other event but it drew quite a crowd. The date was 10th July 1965. I understand that the vehicle is still attending shows on a regular basis and is in fine condition.
The vehicle, at that time, was owned by a Mr Chamberlain of Farcet.
The locomotive details are:-
Burrell Showman’s Road Locomotive
Builders Number 3912 of 1921
Registration Number CO 4485
A very old 1860s photograph taken from what appears to be an area behind what would today be Bishops Gardens.
An early shot of the Peterborough Lido made more interesting by the distant backdrop of the city.