Horseshoe Bridge, Crowland (1933)

A lovely August 1933 image of two ladies, marked on the back of the print as “Mrs Wilson & Lily”, retrieving water from Horseshoe Bridge on Peterborough Road in Crowland.

The bridge still exists today albeit the adjacent Horseshoe Farm has gone. The two ladies would have been 62 year old Elizabeth Ann Wilson who was the wife of a labourer at the farm and her 20 year old daughter Lily Wilson.

The photographer also comments that the waterway below, known as Old Pepper Lake, had previously been used to transport a bell to Crowland Abbey albeit the size and location of the drain would make that claim hard to believe !

Longlands Bus (1940s)

A lovely old 1940s Longlands bus probably at Bishops Road bus station.

Longlands were based in Crowland and were one of many small regional bus/coach firms swallowed up by Eastern Counties – in Longlands case in 1959.


Crowland Post Mill (c.1910)

A superb rural view along Postland Road looking towards Crowland with a post mill on the left. The mill was built in 1796 and survived until shortly after this photograph when it was burnt down on Bonfire Night in 1911 !


Crowland Methodists

Free Methodist Sunday School on parade somewhere in Crowland – date unknown.

A fantastic collection of the finest in Edwardian fashion on old and young – check out the hat on the baby !