Laurel Court, School Fees Receipt (1899)

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.


Laurel Court

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.

Funeral of Rev. John James (1868)

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”.

Rock & Co Engraving

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.

VE Day Parade (1945)

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.

Kings School (1883)

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 !