Town Bridge and the River Nene in a state of flood on Friday 30th October 1903. The month was one of the wettest on record with Peterborough seeing more than 21 rainy days in the month !
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.
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.
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.
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.
A nice colour tinted image of the old Town Bridge showing the Midland Railway’s grain warehouse far right.
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.
The infinitely more attractive 1914 version of today’s Town Bridge which sat a little further upstream with a wharf area sitting between the bridge and the Customs house on the far right of the image.