Steam Roller Crash, Wansford (1912)

A superb 1912 image capturing a steam roller coming very close to crashing through Wansford bridge and into the River Nene below.

Newborough Harvest (1912)

A gloomy group of small holders in Newborough attempting to salvage the harvest after the infamous floods of August 1912.

The Tankyard, Thorney (c.1896)

A very early image from around 1896 showing The Tankyard at Thorney which today houses the Thorney Heritage Museum. The neo-Jacobean building, now known as Bedford Hall, includes a 96 ft high water tower, erected in 1855, that supplied fresh water to the village.

Standing outside the engineer’s cottage building is wife of the Estate Foreman Ann Parker and in the foreground are her children Walter Parker, Ethel Mary Parker, Lucy Maud Parker and Lily Bates Parker.

[Thanks to Helen Parker-Drabble of the Thorney Society for use of the image]

Barnwell Floods

An undated image showing the village of Barnwell in flood. The photo was taken outside of the Montagu Arms public house immediately to the right of the photographer with the Barnwell Brook flowing away from the camera on the far left of the floodwater.

Ailsworth (c.1911)

An evening shot capturing a location in Ailsworth village around 1911.

Mark Smith adds, “That is Kek Cottage (white with thatch roof and opposite what is now the dentist surgery) at the top of Main Street in Ailsworth.

The photo is taken almost on the corner where Main Street goes round into the top of Maffit Road. There was a pig farm just out of shot on the right and in the field behind the cameraman was a small pond. A travelling circus used to pitch up there once a year to entertain the villagers.”

Cart Makers of Thorney

A superb image showing what appears to be a group of cart makers/repairers presumably in Thorney, date unknown.

In the background are two carts belonging to local farmer Edward Balderson (1865-1949) from Second House Farm in Thorney and on the far right is a cart belonging to Ernest William Hurn (1878-1961) from Dukes Head Farm also in Thorney.

After The Storm, Thorney

Two images believed to date back to 1913 and showing damage on one of the approach roads to Thorney.

Eye Green Railway Yard

The eastern end of the railway yard at Eye Green Station – date unknown.

Oundle Station (c.1905)

A westbound passenger train pulling away from Oundle station around 1905.

Stanground Infants School

An undated image showing the demolition of Stanground Infants School in 1974.