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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.

Market Place and Church Street (1952)

Looking along Church Street in 1952 on what was evidently a market day.

Market Place Shops

A very early 1900s image looking across Market Place to the shops on Church Street.

Church Street Market Stall

Busy shoppers on Church Street during Market Day.

Mobile Tea Room, Church Street

The wonderful little Edwardian mobile Tea and Refreshments Room that used to sit on Church Street and was used by local horse drawn taxi operators during the first twenty years of the 1900s.

Church Street & The Corn Exchange

A wonderful undated image of Church Street on a busy market day with the Corn Exchange on the left.

Church Street

The Town Clerk’s Office sitting alongside the Guildhall – date unknown but possibly late 1940s or early 1950s.

Town Clerk’s Office Demolition (1950s)

The careful demolition in the 1950s of the old Town Clerk’s Office and Police Station which used to provide the only access into the Guildhall ….. you can still see the old doorway high on the Guildhall today.

Church Street (1979)

A row of tastefully painted red/grey phone boxes on Church Street in 1979.