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.

Town Bridge Procession

Crowds grabbing every vantage point to watch a procession over Town Bridge. Date unknown but every likelihood that this is the official opening of the “new” Town Bridge in 1934.

Bridge Street Wharf

A wonderful undated image showing the Town Bridge end of Bridge Street and the Customs House wharf which is today lost under the current Town Bridge. On the right of the wharf appears to be some form of chute for loading up vessels.

Dismantling Town Bridge (1933)

Wonderful image showing the dismantling of the old iron Town Bridge in 1933. The new concrete Town Bridge, which we know today, was positioned slightly downstream of the previous bridge and is just visible in the background right.

Town Bridge (1860s)

A very early image showing the original wooden Town Bridge captured in the 1860s by local painter/decorator Charles Colls.

The view is looking towards the Embankment with T Hill’s Wharf in the background right.

The Building of the new Town Bridge

A lovely image showing the early stages of the construction of the current Town Bridge which opened in 1934. The image clearly shows how the current bridge sits downstream of the old bridge in the background with its foundations on the right sited on the old wharf next to the Custom House.

Town Bridge 1934

A nice aerial shot of the newly opened Town Bridge in 1934 ….. note the more natural lines of the river bank downstream and the, as yet, undeveloped embankment area.

Robin Clark has asked, “Are you sure that is the “newly opened” town bridge – looks like the old bridge to me, although they might just be starting to build the new town bridge.”

Robin is correct, it is definitely the old bridge as it is positioned further upstream than the new bridge thus the old customs house wharf is still visible.

Temperance Hotel, Broad Bridge Street

A lovely view from the river looking across to Broad Bridge Street with the old Temperance Hotel and Restaurant on the far left. The old riverside wharf is visible to the right of the bridge – today it is under the new town bridge which was built on this side of the old bridge in this image. Date unknown.

Bridge Fair c1904

Crowds crossing the Town Bridge on their way to the opening of the Bridge Fair. The tradition of the Peterborough Bridge Fair dates back to the reign of King Henry VI and continues today.

This image was captured from the railway crossing that used to take the line from Peterborough East station across the main access road to the city from the east …… the Town Bridge in these days simply bridged the river rather than today’s bridge which takes out the railway line too.