A receipt for one term’s tuition and board at Laurel Court in 1899.
The beneficiary was 10 year old Arthur Tuke Kirkby of Sutterton, Lincolnshire who, at the time, was the only boy at an otherwise all girl school. He did have his older sisters at the school, 14 year old Alice and 13 year old Jessie.
An undated image showing Laurel Court in the cathedral precincts. The Grade One Listed house dates back to 1690 with subsequent extension in the 1720s and has at various times bean a Deanery, a school and a home to Peterborough Cathedral’s choir.
A VE Day Parade in front of the Cathedral in 1945.
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.
The funeral march for and burial of Reverend, later Canon, John James dating back to December 1868.
Dr John James, born 1782, held many significant roles within the area including headmaster of Oundle School (1809-1829), Vicar of Maxey (1832), Vicar of St John’s in Peterborough (1833-1850) and Canon of Peterborough Cathedral for forty years until his death in 1868.
He was buried in the grounds of Peterborough cathedral where a memorial plaque on the cathedral walls described him as a “preacher and a writer” and also referred to him as a “learned, loyal and devoted priest”.
A Great War enlistment poster featuring Edith Cavell who, as a 19 year old, attended Laurel Court School in the Cathedral precincts as a pupil-teacher.
An early 1900s photo of The Vineyard which was sited in the Cathedral Precincts and has since been converted to flats.
An old print dating to 1731 and produced by the Buck brothers, well known 18th century engravers and printmakers.
An old (c.1840?) steel-etched vignette engraving published by Rock & Co, London founded by William Frederick Rock (1801-1890). Most of his known works are from the south east of the UK and little is known of this engraving or the date.
An engraved image by the artist John Charles Varrall (1795-1855) and dating to 1827, showing a view of the city from the south west which presumably places the site somewhere just upstream of Town Bridge.
Presumably in pre health and safety days, a steeplejack captured on one of the cathedral spires in 1982.
This image is simply entitled “Vineyard, Peterborough” and relates to a lodging within the Cathedral precincts – date unknown.
A very old 1860s photograph taken from what appears to be an area behind what would today be Bishops Gardens.
A church parade for discharged WW1 soldiers from the Cathedral onto Market Square on 14th April 1918.
Two images showing the visit of Whitsted’s Light Infantry to Peterborough on 6th March 1915.
Workmen up in the roof space of the Cathedral in the 1930s working on an infestation of death watch beetles.
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.
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 !
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 !
Classic motorised vehicles sitting around the Cathedral quadrangle in 1929.