Ferry Road, Milton Woods (1922)

A mystery 1922 image labelled “Robbers Gate” on Ferry Road, Milton Woods but it isn’t clear exactly where this is. The image was reproduced on an Edwardian postcard by Harrison “Postcard” Smith of Westgate.

Mark Smith adds, “Its on the A47 just past what was Thomas Cook and is now buried under the parkway going west. If you go on the cycle path along side the A47 towards Milton Ferry bridge you go onto what is left of it now. Was previously where the dual carriageway started/ended and was a notorious accident black spot.”

Desmond Stapleton also adds, “I grew up in Longthorpe and the gate on left went into Bluebell Wood while the gate on the right went into Milton Park. There were several people killed on that bend”.

Thorpe Hall Maternity Wing (c.1945)

The maternity wing of Thorpe Hall captured around 1945. Thorpe Hall had been requisitioned for use as a hospital during the Second World War and became a maternity home immediately after. Thousands of Peterborians started life at Thorpe Hall which continued as the city’s primary maternity unit until 1971 when Peterborough District Hospital took over.

Thorpe Park

Cattle roaming in the grounds of Thorpe Hall – date unknown but a photograph taken by and traded as a postcard by Westgate’s Harrison “Postcard” Smith who traded opposite Westgate Church.

Eustace Mountain – Fox & Hounds, Longthorpe

Many thanks to John Newell for this superb image captured outside the original thatched roof Fox & Hounds in Longthorpe. The gentleman centre stage is John’s uncle and the magnificently named Eustace Mountain ….. although he apparently preferred the name “Ron” !