The Silver Jubilee, Bretton

A series of images showing the Silver Jubilee pub on Heltwate, Bretton through stages of life, followed by closure and dereliction, followed by the fire of March 2018 and back to burnt out dereliction.

Edith Cavell Hospital, Bretton

The Edith Cavell Hospital, on the site of the current Peterborough City Hospital, was opened in 1988 by HM Queen Elizabeth II as a complimentary facility to the main Midland Road hospital.

In 2006, a decision was made to merge both hospitals and work commenced on the Peterborough City Hospital which opened in 2010. Despite the building work, Edith Cavell Hospital continued to function right up to November 2010 before closure and subsequent demolition in 2011 to create the car parking space for the new hospital.

Sainsburys @ Bretton (2002)

The build up to and the opening of the new Sainsburys Superstore at the Bretton Centre in early 2002.

The new store opened the day after the old Sainsburys store, just yards away across the car park, closed and, at 48,000 square feet,  was 50% larger in floor area. Work started on the new building in August 2001 and was completed just before opening in March 2002.

Bretton Centre (2002)

The original Bretton Centre dating back to the early 1970s, pictured in 2002 just before extensive modifications.


McDonalds Bretton (2016)

The McDonalds restaurant on the petrol station forecourt at Bretton, closed and levelled in early 2016 to be replaced by an M&S food store.

Ice Rink Opening Gala (1982)

A newspaper advert for the official opening gala for the Bretton ice rink featuring Torvill and Dean who had been using the rink since its unofficial opening in November 1981 to develop their gold medal winning Bolero routine which was debuted at this show on 23rd May 1982.

The show also featured the first ever appearance of the Peterborough Pirates ice hockey team in a short two period fixture with Streatham.


Status Quo Ticket (1992)

A ticket for Status Quo live at the Mallard Park Centre (next to the Hotel) in Bretton, 9th January 1992.

The track list on the night was ………

1. Down Down  2. Roll Over Lay Down  3. One Man Band  4. Mystery Song / Railroad / Most of the Time / Wild Side of Life / Rollin’ Home / Again and Again / Slow Train  5. Hold You Back  6. Fakin’ the Blues  7. No Problems  8. Dirty Water  9. Whatever You Want  10. In the Army Now  11. Rockin’ All Over the World  12. Don’t Waste My Time  13. Roadhouse Blues / The Wanderer / Marguerita Time / Living on an Island / A Mess of Blues / Break the Rules / Something ‘Bout You Baby I Like / The Price of Love / Roadhouse Blues …….. Encore: 14. Burning Bridges  15. Rock ’til You Drop  16. Let Us Dance / No Particular Place to Go / I Hear You Knocking / Lucille / Great Balls of Fire  17. Rock and Roll Music / Bye Bye Johnny

Bretton Parkway – early 1970s

From the days when not too many people lived here !

The car is about to turn off towards the Bretton Centre left and what – today – would be the hospital on the right.

Image kindly supplied by Mark Warrick from his Flikr page which you can view HERE.

Mowbray Road, Marholm/Bretton (1922)

Looking out along what is now Mowbray Road in Bretton towards Marholm but predating the crematorium which would be on the right just beyond the trees in the foreground. The image below shows an aerial shot of the location in 2012.

Marcus Thompson adds, “the wooden posts either side of the road show where the road crossed what was known as ‘The Old Brook’. Bretton was built around this brook, its course meandering between Watergall and Outfield, but it used to become stagnant in the summer months and was eventually filled in but its course can still be seen via Google Earth.  Just west of the original path and north of Bretton Way is the estate road named Oldbrook – presumably in its honour !”

Image courtesy of Marcus Thompson from the Harold Burleigh Thompson collection

Ice Hockey boom time 1985

It was February 1985 and the city’s newest sport, ice hockey, was enjoying boom times with crowds queueing around the ice-rink at Bretton just to get in. Note the old Court Hotel and tennis centre in the background which popped in and then popped out again in what seemed like just a few moments !