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Fengate Post Mill – Wilfrid Wood

From a 1940s painting by urban landscape artist Wilfrid Rene Wood (1888-1976).

Also known as Peterborough Post Mill, it is thought to have been built in the eary 1700s and it ceased work in 1903 but remained in a semi-preserved state, minus the sails, until it was destroyed by fire on the 9th May 1919. The surrounding buildings were eventually lost under the Frank Perkins parkway.

The exact site of the mill would be very close to the end of Atkinson Street off Star Road and would, today, sit alongside the Parkway just as the eastbound sliproad down to the Boongate Roundabout starts.

St Peter’s Isolation Hospital, Fengate

A rare aerial photo showing the latter days of the St Peter’s Isolation Hospital on Potters Way in Fengate. The hospital was opened in 1901 on the site of Low Farm to tackle the widespread outbreaks of Scarlet Fever, Diptheria and similar and continued to treat infectious diseases through to 1981.

Parkway Bridge under Construction

Early construction work on the bridge carrying the Frank Perkins Parkway over the River Nene downstream of the Embankment and, below, an image from a later stage.

Isolation Hospital, Fengate (1982)

The main office of the Isolation Hospital at Fengate pictured in 1982, nearly a year after it had closed. Also known as the St Peters Hospital for Infectious Diseases, it was based near Potters Way in Fengate and would, today, be buried under the Frank Perkins Parkway at the point where the Sewage Farm was sited.

Gote Engineering Plaque

An alloy metal plaque from “sluice gate specialists” Gote Engineering Ltd of 40 Fengate.

Chris Bennett adds, “Gote Engineering Ltd was a subsidiary company of Root Harvesters Ltd who manufactured potato and vegetable harvesters among other agricultural products for many years at their factory in Fengate.  Gote is an old English word for a watercourse and as Gote Engineering made and repaired sluice gates the name seems quite appropriate.”

Harvesting on Vicarage Farm

Harvesting the corn on Vicarage Farm, pretty much on the site of today’s Vicarage Farm Road in Fengate.

Frank Perkins Bridge – Fengate (c.1973)

The bridge carrying Frank Perkins Parkway over Fengate under construction around 1973 – looking towards the city centre. Most, if not all, of the buildings in the distance are still standing but are now off the busy road and existing more peacefully on their own quieter version of Bishops Road !

Peterborough Sanatorium (c.1906)

This image is marked as The Sanatorium, Peterborough and dates to around 1906. The Sanatorium was also known as St Peters Hospital for Infectious Diseases and was based near Potters Way in Fengate and would, today, be buried under the Frank Perkins Parkway at the point where the Sewage Farm was based.

Low Farm, Fengate c.1890

Low Farm was demolished in 1901 to make way for a thirty bed Isolation Hospital that was much needed to handle the widespread outbreaks of Scarlet Fever, Diptheria and the like. This later became St Peter’s Hospital.

Fengate Postmill

Also known as Peterborough Post Mill, sited half a mile east of the cathedral on the west side of Car Dyke. The mill is thought to have been built in the eary 1700s and it ceased work in 1903 but remained in a semi-preserved state, minus the sails, until it was destroyed by fire on the 9th May 1919. The surrounding buildings were eventually lost under the Frank Perkins parkway.