Newark Tram on Midgate (c.1905)

Midgate viewed from the junction with Long Causeway as an inbound Newark Tram approaches the turn into the city centre terminus. The top image dates to c.1905, the bottom one to 2017.

Midgate Demolition

Looking along Midgate towards the junction with Long Causeway. Curtess Shoes in the distance is at 20 Long Causeway and is, in 2018, Greenwoods Menswear.

Hereward Arcade

Two images from c.2001 and showing the now lost interior of the Hereward Arcade that ran from Midgate to Broadway.

Midgate (1963)

Looking along a quiet Midgate towards the junction with Long Causeway/Broadway/Westgate in 1963 with City Road to the left.

TL Barrett Invoice

An early sales invoice from the store of Tom Lawrence Barrett incorporating a wonderful scene full of artistic license given that his store opened in 1893 !

There were two Barretts stores on opposite sides of Long Causeway at the Midgate/Westgate junction ….. this would be the store on the corner of Midgate (left) and Long Causeway (right).

Tram on Midgate

A lovely Edwardian image showing a Newark tram heading along Midgate and about to swing round to the terminus on Long Causeway near Market Place.

On the far left is the “Midgate Glass & China Warehouse” of Somerset born Edmund Gill and his wife Sarah, who were operating from New Road in the 1880s but were in Midgate by 1900.

Midgate and Barrett’s Corner

Looking down Midgate in the 1960s from the junction with Long Causeway ….. known by locals as “Barrett’s Corner” because of TL Barrett’s department store on the corner.

During development work in late 2009, the old Barretts signage was uncovered by builders.

All Change on Midgate

A fusion of the old (left) with the new (right) on a quiet Midgate. Undated but probably either late 1970s or early 1980s.

Midgate Shops

A row of shops along Midgate pictured in the latter days of their existence with the Coltons Cycles shop sitting under the “To Let” sign.

The view is pretty much opposite what was to become the Hereward Arcade looking up towards the junction with Long Causeway. Today the same scene is a series of sterile and characterless office blocks.

New Road and Midgate (1960s)

Looking back up Midgate from the point it becomes New Road with Swans Place heading off to the immediate right. Fredrick Morley and Co Ltd are on the corner, at number 16 Midgate. They were an outfitters and pawnbroker. The sign for the Swan Public House can be seen behind the pawnbroker sign on Morley’s. On the other side of the road is Bullman’s Gents Hairdresser, the Smiths Arms (a Steward and Patterson pub), A & W Foulis Ltd. (children’s outfitters) and then Manders Paints Ltd.

From our Facebook group ……..

  • Judith Gow Oh my goodness, I remember my dad taking me to have my hair cut in Bullmans….a gents hairdressers!!! also going to Manders to buy paint and wallpaper. Any idea when Bullmans closed?
  • George Meadows Along there to the left was Radford’s Fruit and Nut shop.
  • Penny Fower O dear for the chance of a new town Peterborough lost so much history
  • Sue Kiddle Mamone Remember Manders but not much else.
  • Sue Kiddle Mamone It is only the villages that have been saved…thankfully.
  • Ruth Smith I think if morleys was no 16 that means the building opposite must have been the dominion cafe at no 17 Midgate
  • George Meadows You are right Ruth, the numbers in Midgate are a bit unusual, they go down one side from Broadway to Morley’s No 16 and then across the road to the Dominion No 17 which later became the Wheel Cafe, and then back up to Long Causeway, instead of having odds one side and evens the other.
  • Trudie Meadows George Meadows I think it was the Wheel Café before it became the Dominion.
  • George Meadows Iv’e just looked it up and it was the Dominion in 1940/1952 and was the Wheel in 1958, but in 1969 just came  under the owners name, Kitchener, so must have been renamed the Dominion then.
  • Ruth Smith I think we sorted that out on another post George , but I had no photos of it , only in my mind , it’s great to see it I can remember the 2 stone steps down into the shop , Maurice & Daisy Kitchener owned it
  • George Meadows We did Ruth, just wanted to remind myself as I couldn’t understand the numbering! I am disappointed that no one has commented on Radford’s the fruiterers. At Christmas they had a sign in the window “This is the nut shop” – there were three brothers that I knew of, one ran the shop, one used to push his barrow up Westgate many times a day to buy from us, and one stayed at home in Brook Street and nobody ever saw him!
  • Doreen Campbell Wasn’t there a fruit and veg shop think 60s on Broadway and  Midgate  was it Needles . That seems to ring a bell.
  • George Meadows Dick Foster was on the corner of Broadway and Midgate later moving to opposite Sheltons, Needles was in Long Causeway near the Bird in Hand.
  • Doreen Campbell Thanks knew there was a Needles somewhere
  • George Meadows They also has a shop in Millfield and a market stall. The names I can remember are Chris Barker and Jack Dove, Mosher Needle I was told lost his life in a motor accident on the A47 Leicester Road. Not sure who the owner of the business was but a Mr Wall from London appeared on the scene in the early 60’s, perhaps he was a relative.
  • Alan Cunnington George Meadows I can remember Radfords you had to make sure the big fella there didn’t sneeze in your bag of apples lol. Also used to go to Bulmans for my haircut, and the wife worked at Manders, when she first left school.
  • George Meadows Did Manders move to Westgate later on Alan Cunnington? If so would your wife have remembered a Mrs Walker there?
  • Alan Cunnington George They had two shops one in Midgate and one in Westgate Mrs Walker certainly in Westgate and the wife knew her well.
  • George Meadows Mrs Walkers husband Charlie was a salesman with GM Ltd Alan, he taught me a lot about the fruit trade.
  • Karen Sparkes What would the view be today?
  • Alan Cunnington Karen Sparkes This google shot is not far off.
Alan Cunnington's photo.
  • Richard Morris Oh how its changed , in my opinion not for the better – the character of the street has disappeared !!!!
  • Stuart Goodliffe probably the worst part of the city centre now. And having to drive through there most days, the positioning of the zebra crossing is awful and considering the lack of traffic hardly necessary.
  • Sue Kiddle Mamone Spot on Stuart !
  • Christine Wadsley Cunningham I used to go to Needles at Millfield with my Gran. She called that shopping
    area ‘The Top’
  • Karen Sparkes Thanks Alan…I drive up to this road every day to work, turning left into the Wheel Yard that leads to the Cathedral Precincts.  I never would have guessed that was the same scene.
  • George Meadows I had wondered where Wheel Yard was. In the 1952 it is listed between Morley’s No 16 and the Dominion No 17 – it is an odd way of numbering as I mentioned in my post 3rd May.
  • Ruth Smith Hence the Dominion was called the wheel cafe first after wheel yard
  • Karen Sparkes Curious to know why this area is called the Wheel Yard now.  Anyone?

Sticky Backs on Midgate (c.1900)

This bizarre property dated back to the 1600s and was positioned at the junction of Midgate (to the right) and Long Causeway/Broadway (to the left) such that it actually protruded out to partially block access to Broadway. Probably ideal for attracting passing trade which is maybe more than can be said for what would, today, be deemed a politically incorrect sign outside !

The owner of the premises here, around 1900, was evidently a photographer who is clearly making great play of the fact that he offers “sticky backs” which were sequences of small postage stamp sized images with adhesive on the back. In appearance, they wouldn’t look wholly different to the photo-booth passport style image strips of today albeit these were produced by human hand rather than by machine !