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.

Opening of The Cresset (1978)

The opening of the Cresset at Bretton in 1978 by HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Bretton Centre Bus #386 (1980)

386 bus picking up at Bretton Centre in 1980.

Bretton Woods School Pupils (1978)

Class 1-7 Bretton Woods School in October 1978.

Bretton Woods School

Bretton Woods School alive and kicking shortly before closure and after its demise in 2007.

Bretton Woods School – Class of 1983

Pupils from Bretton Woods School, pictured in 1983.

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.