Burrows Plate & Nickel Works, Dogsthorpe (1942)

Workers from the Burrows Plate and Nickel Works in Dogsthorpe pictured in 1942. Thanks to Roger Negus who sent this one in and whose grandmother Bessie is third left on the back row.

Burrows were based on Dogsthorpe Road between the junctions with Princes Street and Huntley Grove.

Dogsthorpe Tramlines

An undated image showing the Dogsthorpe tramlines heading left along Dogsthorpe Road towards the distant terminus near the Bluebell Inn. The road to the right is Elmfield Road and the image is captured from what would today be close to the Fire Station forecourt.

Dogsthorpe (c.1916)

Dogsthorpe captured around 1916 looking down what would today be St Paul’s Road with Welland Road to the right of the photographer. A slight turn to the right would also show the Blue Bell Inn.

Prefab Housing on Welland Close

Prefabs pictured on Welland Close and kindly submitted by Ruth Smith who adds, “this was at the end of Welland Close where I think there was a cut through to Bluebell Woods. This picture shows myself and the McAlpine sisters whose Dad was Neville McAlpine who was Mr Posh at Peterborough United FC. I remember Christine and Francis but not sure of the other sisters name …. brother was Tom”.

From our Facebook group …….

  • John Newell An amazing photo Ruth. There were a large number of Prefabs in this area. I remember they were in Shakespeare Drive, Cowper Road, but I particularly remember the ones in the Brotherhood’s Sports field, just inside the St. Pauls Road gates, now the entrance to Eaglesthorpe!
  • Ruth Smith Oh yes john the ones off St. Paul’s rd I walked past them going thorough a cut to fulbridge rd school I lived in Rock Road
  • John Newell Ah! Fulbridge Rd school! Went there from 1951 to 1957 then to Lincoln Road. Born in Vere Road opposite the Northfields Pub!
  • Ruth Smith I was born  in peveril rd went to fulbridge in 1953 then moved to rock rd then aldermans drive then went to west town school my husband went to fulbridge then Lincoln rd boys
  • Richard Morris I was born in Cecil Rd corner with Dogsthorpe Rd in 1949 , who remembers the old lady with her motorbike/sidecar who had a garden nursery in Exeter Rd – I used to use my tricycle to get to the shop on Cecil Rd/Peveril Rd corner.
  • George Meadows Was that Parker’s shop in Cecil Road? The other one I can remember around there was Weald’s Exeter Road.
  • Richard Morris Yes it was , I couldn’t remember the name, and Wealds on Exeter Road is the Post Office.
  • John Newell Pleased to hear the post office is still there
  • Andy Jackson my first paper round was for Wealds on Exeter Rd.
  • Christine Wadsley Cunningham My gran and grandad lived in Cecil Rd, the Wadsleys, no 28. Ruby and Albert.  My dad is Keith born 1935. You probably know them
  • Richard Morris. My gran always walked straight past Parkers and went to Wealds, she thought Mr Oarker was rude and his prices exorbitant!
  • Sue Whaley I used to go to Fulbridge Infant and Junior school with Robert Weald, his dad owned the Post Office, lovely shop and family.
  • George Meadows Mr Weald used to come to our warehouse to buy his wholesale fruit & veg. Customers who collected got 2.5% discount, try working that out in £sd you youngsters, no calculators then!

Dogsthorpe Crossing

The railway crossing taking the Midland & Great Northern Line over Welland Road ….. probably captured in the early 1950s.

 Today (2014) you would be approaching the Dogsthorpe “Household Recycling Centre” (aka “Dogsthorpe Tip” !) on your right with the line following almost precisely the road into the facility. Just through the gates on the immediate left is Newborough road which used to branch off at this point before the Paston Parkway and new A47 were constructed which removed this junction …… although the short length of truncated road is still in existence in the undergrowth next to Welland road. The chimneys and buildings in the distance were the Star Pressed Brickworks.

The railway was closed to passenger services in late 1957 although a daily “brick train” continued to work eastbound from the Dogsthorpe Sidings into the 1960s.

Star Pressed Brick Company, Dogsthorpe (1904)

The Dogsthorpe Star Pressed Brick Company site pictured in 1904 with railway trucks in the foreground.

The company later became the Star Brick Company in 1915 and was owned by the same family who owned the London Brick Co. Ltd. who formerly took it over in 1923/4.

In 1997, ownership of Dogsthorpe Star Pit was transferred to the Wildlife Trust. Water was pumped out of the pit to restore the shallow pools so important for wildlife.

Steam through Dogsthorpe ! (1961)

A superb shot of the last days of railway traffic on the M&GN line at Dogsthorpe with the daily brick train departing east with its load from the local brickworks.

The building on the right is the large grain silo that still stands today at the entrance to the household waste tip at Dogsthorpe. The trackbed of the old M&GN line pretty much followed the route of today’s A47 from Dogsthorpe out through Eye to Thorney.

Thanks to Middleton Press for allowing us to use this image.

Dogsthorpe Post Office

This early but undated image is marked as being “Dogsthorpe Post Office” which I presume to be the building on the near right. Note the tram lines running along the left of the road.

Dogsthorpe, The Smithy c.1958

Haven’t been able to work out where The Smithy was other than it was in Dogsthorpe but Nigel Dickinson adds …… “the Smithy at Dogsthorpe was on the corner just along from the old Bluebell Inn.  At the time of the photo, the blacksmith was Mr Starling (Frank, I believe) helped by his son John.”

Dogsthorpe Village

Hard to imagine the current day “suburb” of Dogsthorpe as a village but this image looks rural enough to qualify for the tag …… muddy road included !

The image dates to pre-1924 as the Bluebell pub is shown before it was extended. The building to the right is the original. The smaller cottages (behind the trees/bush) are 5 cottages that were demolished in the early 1920’s and it is believed the materials were used to extend the pub to what it is today.

[Many thanks to Steve Williams of the Peterborough Area Local History Forum for his help with this one]