An undated image showing Main Street in Ailsworth.
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.”
Sutton born John Pauley and his sons were wheelwrights based in Orton Waterville in the early 1900s. This photo of a cart belonging to Longthorpe born John Samworth, who was a farmer at Orton Waterville, was used by John Pauley to send a message in 1911 to Ailsworth Grocer/Baker/Farmer Harry Sharpe and confirmed the imminent return of his cart.
Looking west along Peterborough Road with the Barley Mow pub in the foreground left.
Looking towards Castor on the Peterborough Road with the Wheatsheaf pub in the distant right.
Local villagers pose to perfection for this shot up Main Street taken across the Green from the Peterborough Road.
Looking up Main Street from close to the junction with Peterborough Road. Centre stage is a horse drawn repaer-binder used for cutting crops and bundling them up into tied sheaves.
Looking up Main Street in the early 1900s.
Looking up Main Street from the junction with Peterborough Road.