Drakes Christmas Lights, Thorney Road, Eye

For many Peterborians of the recent past, Christmas started when George and Christine Drake’s family on Thorney Road, Eye switched on their wonderful house and garden lights drawing in families from all over the area and raising many thousands of pounds for local charities.

They first set up their impressive display in 1986 and looked to add an additional festive centre-piece every year before calling it a day in the early 2000s.

Locals claim that visitors still visit the house every year in the hope that the display might have made a return !

Eye Green Station (1962)

Looking east from the Crowland Road bridge in 1962 with Eye Green Station on the right and the Northam brickworks on the left.

AE Dighton, Eye

A fleet of lorries from AE Dighton (Haulage) Ltd of Hodney Road, Eye. Undated but probably from the mid 1960s.

Cyclists at The Greyhound, Eye

A group of cyclists line up outside the old Greyhound pub on Crowland Road in Eye Green. The building to the immediate right of the pub was a Post Office and Grocery store.

The pub closed in 2009 and became The 5 Spice restaurant.

Odams Flour Mill, Crowland Road, Eye

Odams Flour Mill off Crowland Road in Eye. In 1975, the site was redeveloped as the office and printing works of Central Printers and, today, behind the office on the right – which is still standing – is the Sue Ryder charity shop.

Eye, Hodney Road (1940s)

A 1940s view looking down Hodney Road, Eye towards the distant bridge from the junction with Peterborough Road and with Redhead’s shop near left. In 2016 the Toscanini Restaurant would be sitting just out of picture in the foreground left.

Eye Brickworks Aerial Ropeway

Two images showing the brickworks ropeway at Eye. The top image looking towards Hodney Road and the lower image showing the ropeway crossing over Crowland Road.

The ropeway ran for about one mile and carried clay from Dogsthorpe to the Northam Works kilns for brick making.

Eye Green Station

Looking east from the Crowland Road bridge over Eye Green station with the Goods Shed in the background – date unknown.

Eye War Memorial (1920)

The opening of the War Memorial in Eye on 4th April 1920. The view is from within the cemetery looking out onto Crowland Road, not far from where today (2015) we have the Sue Ryder charity store.