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Cowgate Shoppers

An undated view down Cowgate looking towards Market Place with the premises of Peterborough born pharmacist John William Bodger in the centre.


CE Thomson & Co., Cowgate

An original enamel sign for Thomson’s of Cowgate featuring – with a degree of artistic license – an image showing the aerial walkway between their stores on both sides of the road.

Cowgate Graveyard – Wilfrid Wood (1945)

A wonderful watercolour painting of the top end of Cowgate and showing the old graveyard.

The painting dates to 1945 and was produced by urban landscape artist Wilfrid Rene Wood (1888-1976). Wood was born in Cheadle Hulme near Manchester but moved to Barnack in 1937 after which he was responsible for some superb paintings of both Stamford and Peterborough.

Cowgate Roundabout

A view of the top end of Cowgate on completion of Bourges Boulevard and the Cowgate roundabout.

Crescent Bridge Opening (1913)

Local dignitaries cutting the ribbon for the opening of Crescent Bridge on 15th April 1913. Location is presumably at the top end of Cowgate on or near Station Road.

Cowgate Roundabout

Construction work taking place on the Cowgate roundabout and Bourges Boulevard in the 1970s.

Cowgate (1940s)

The top end of Cowgate, probably pictured in the 1940s.

Cowgate (1977)

A view along Cowgate towards Bourges Boulevard in 1977.

Blue Bell Inn, Cowgate (c.1900)

The Blue Bell Inn on Cowgate around 1900. In later life this building became the more familiar Robertsons Cycle Shop which only stopped trading recently.

38 Cowgate Revealed (2014)

Thanks to Ed Jones for this fascinating photo of 38 Cowgate.

Ed comments, “I work at Kall Kwik, just over the road from Topo Gigio on Cowgate. Yesterday, 12 November 2014, the frontage of the building 38 Cowgate, formerly DV Nails, was removed as they have moved and exposed a Millets sign and decorative framework, it’s still visible today although the framework has been covered up now, it only looks temporary.”

A 1940 trade directory show that Milletts traded from this address and information on the Milletts website suggests this was one of the very first Milletts stores in the UK.