Tram on Westgate

A nice image captured by local photographer George Caster showing a tram heading out along Westgate. The tram is unusually showing a destination board for Queens Drive.

Westgate House, Westgate

The long since demolished Westgate House which was owned by the Tomlin family. It later became Miss Willoughby’s Boarding School for girls.

Willey’s Newsagents, Westgate

The top end of Westgate in the 1960s when the road used to continue round to the right and become Westwood Street. At the junction with Ackland Street (distant right) is the Six Bells Public House. Willey’s newsagents shop is in the foreground and furthest left is Morrison’s paint shop.

Below are a set of photos of Ernest and Christopher Willey outside their shop, Christopher inside the shop and Ernest outside in colour in the 1960s.

Black Horse Inn, Westgate (c.1900)

In 2017, the photographer would be standing at the John Lewis end of the Wortley Almshouses and looking across to the corner of Westgate and Lincoln Road. This image shows the view around 1900 with the Black Horse Inn far left and the iron fencing far right that protected Peterborough’s first underground toilets in the middle of Westgate !

Westgate Mansion House – Wilfrid Wood

Looking down Westgate, with the old Mansion House on the right, viewed from the junction with Long Causeway/Broadway as depicted in a wonderful 1940s watercolour painting by urban landscape artist Wilfrid Rene Wood (1888-1976).

Bull Hotel – Back Yard

The back yard / car park of the Bull Hotel on Westgate pictured around 1972.

The local lads with the car include well known local musician Lloyd Watson with the afro-cut at the very rear. The others are Robin Wilcock (left in vest), Steve “Gunner” Gunns (front on bonnet), Richard Prudames (standing right) and Pete Stanley (on roof in blue).

Johnson’s Corner

The corner of Westgate and Lincoln Road in the 1960s showing newsagent/tobaconist/bookseller/stationer “Johnson’s Corner”.

Despite becoming a Grade II listed building in 1973, the only remains of the building today are parts of the foundations on and around a car park !

Edwardian Family Portrait

A nice family portrait from around 1910 and captured by photographer May Bone working at her Westgate studio. May listed herself as a “photographer’s apprentice” as a 14 year old at her home base at Fakenham, Norfolk and by age 30 had studios in Fakenham, Aylsham, Hunstanton and Peterborough.

After her death, her Peterborough studio was purchased by John Rozelar and then, in 1957, by Thomas Howell and became part of the locally well known Campkins business.


A nicely detailed shot of Westgate – date unknown. Amongst the shops on the near right is the hairdressers of Harold Keech while middle right shows the Royal Hotel which is, today (2016), The Banyan Tree.

Lovells Garage, Westgate

Lovells Garage on Westgate with Becketts Butchers next door to the left. Today this would be pretty much across the road from the Wortley Almshouses.