Cathedral Square and the Guildhall in the days of wooden benches and flower beds.
A series of images kindly contributed by April Plant and appearing to show the fund-raising “Civic Week” in June 1929.
Ian Menzies adds, “Details of Peterborough Civic Week taken from a Grantham newspaper 29th June 1929 ……
PETERBOROUGH CIVIC WEEK
Peterborough Civic Week celebrations began on Wednesday morning, when the Mayor and Corporation, headed by Salvation Army Bands, attended special service in Peterborough Cathedral. The Dean of Peterborough and the Cathedral Chapter, formally welcomed ,the authorities, and a prayer of intercession was offered by the Rev.W. J. Mammersley, superintendent minister of the Primitive Methodist Church. At a meeting which followed, in the Old Town Hall, the Mayor (Councillor Arthur Craig said that since its incorporation in 1874 the population of the city had doubled, and the recent extension of the borough boundaries from 1,878 to 10,022 acres was, with one exception, the largest extension ever granted in England. The Mayor and Corporation then proceeded to beat the bounds of the newly-incorporated parishes. They afterwards entertained 200 guests at luncheon, and later in the afternoon they visited their two waterworks some miles from the city, where a cricket match was played between a team captained by the Mayor and officials. The festivities were continued on Thursday and yesterday.
It explains what they are all doing in the middle of the country. The Royal visit was part of the overall celebrations.”
A nice close up from around 1906 of the Gates Memorial on Market Place. The memorial was a gift to the city in 1898 from Mrs Gates, the widow of the late Henry Pearson Gates. She presented the fountain to the Mayor and asked him to accept it on behalf of the present and future inhabitants of the city. It was hoped that the fountain would provide refreshment to the wayfarer and the weary.
Henry Pearson Gates was born on October 20th 1813 and died on May 6th 1893. During his lifetime he achieved many great things and was a prominent figure in the city; he was the first Mayor of Peterborough and he held the position on 3 separate occasions. He was the official secretary for the Bishop for nearly 25 years and the High Bailiff of the city, as well as the High Sheriff of Hunts and Cambs. He also generously contributed to the Cathedral, having also been a member of the Kings School.
In 1967, the memorial was moved – minus its drinking fountains – to its current home at Bishops Road gardens.
The market stall of Somerset born Joseph Toogood who was an Alwalton based nurseryman. In this Market Place image from around 1908, he was selling seasonal strawberries.