Town Bridge and River Nene (c.1930)

An aerial shoot looking down on the Town Bridge in the last days before building work started on today’s river and rail bridge. Peterborough East station is just in shot top right while the newly opened (1929) Power Station is out of shot bottom left with coal wagons being served up from the main line.

Birdman Over the Nene (1971)

Kent based Bert Hansell aka “The Birdman” launches from bankside in an attempt to fly across the Nene in October 1971 ….. needless to say, he failed and was rescued from the water soon after !

Nene Star Boat Trips

The Nene Star based at Ferry Meadows shortly after the park opened and operating boat trips around the lake and for short distances out on the Nene around Milton Ferry. The Nene Star was built in 1980 by a Mr Wright from Kettering.

Rock & Co Engraving

An old (c.1840?) steel-etched vignette engraving published by Rock & Co, London founded by William Frederick Rock (1801-1890). Most of his known works are from the south east of the UK and little is known of this engraving or the date.

Coffer Dam, River Nene (1937)

Two images showing the 1937 construction of a Coffer Dam downstream of the city to enable the laying of a main sewer pipe under the river bed. The dam would be a temporary river enclosure that would then be drained to enable the pipe to be laid.

 

Motor Torpedo Boat, Embankment (1946)

A wartime motor torpedo boat berthed on the Embankment in 1946.

The wooden-built veteran of European hostilities arrived at Peterborough under tow from a small steam-tug which normally pulled one of the last ‘gangs’ of Fenland lighters.

It was a familiar site on the river between 1946-1951 and was deemed to be on “special duties”.  The Admiralty was keen to “promote sea-mindedness” and 777 acted as HQ for the Sea Cadets, moored alongside the Customs House.

During wartime, the wooden boat had seen active service (1945) on the Dutch and Belgian coasts. Disarmed and without engines, the 777 remained, nevertheless, a naval vessel until disposed of by the Admiralty in the early 1950s.

 

 

Firefighters from Town Bridge

A wonderful undated image showing firemen putting on what was presumably an impressive display outside the Customs House with (Broad) Bridge Street in the distance.

Note the wharfside on which the onlookers are standing which was to vanish under the new and current day Town Bridge when it was built.