A Daily Mail “official war postcard” from 1918 being used by Cowgate based hardware merchant Thomas William Rogers.

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.

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.

Crescent Bridge (c.1913)

The road in the foreground is Cowgate (right) leading into Thorpe Road (left) which up until just before this photo was taken (1913) would have taken people across the dual-gated Crescent Crossing. The horse drawn carriage is coming out of Station Road with the Crescent Bridge builders sign still present behind it. The Cleveland Bridge Engineering Co., Darlington is still a thriving business in 2014 !

The Great Fire of 1956

In August 1956, fifty firemen turned out to fight a major fire on Cowgate that destroyed both Robert Sayle’s department store and Turner’s shoe shop. At one point the fire threatened to spread to further stores in Cowgate but firemen worked all night to limit the damage.


“Werner’s Own” Leaving for War (c.1914)

A poignant image from the Great War days showing recruits walking in good spirits down Cowgate towards the railway station on the first leg of their journey to the home front. The recruiting office was in the background, just off Market Place and these men were all colleagues from Werner, Pfleiderer and Perkins on Westfield Road, renamed shortly after the war to the more familiar Baker Perkins, and became known as Werner’s Own Regiment.