Parkway construction showing the Nene Parkway left to right with the Longthorpe Parkway moving off into the distance. The road down to Thorpe Wood has not been added at this point.
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”.
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.
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” !
An excellent shot of the original Fox & Hounds in Longthorpe village with hounds – presumably from the local Fitzwilliam Hunt – providing an apt foreground !
The rear gardens of Thorpe Hall pictured around 1915.
A lovely early image of the original Fox & Hounds Inn in what is now Longthorpe. At the time of this photograph, it was simply known as Thorpe.
No date for this one but probably c.1920s.
This view shows the main entrance to Thorpe Hall with the now demolished Park House on the right.
In the centre of the image is the old Toll House which has also long since vanished.
The entrance is still there today and you can identify the walling on the far right. Apart from that, the scene has changed dramatically with the country gate mid-left representing what was to become the start of today’s Mayors Walk with Audley Gate now sited behind the two boys on the left.
This view looks back along one of the main entrance routes to Thorpe Park with the Lodge House in the background.
The Lodge House is no more but would have been sited pretty much on the roundabout at the junction of Thorpe Road and the Longthorpe Parkway.
If you check out the public footpath leaving the roundabout towards Thorpe Hall today then you can pick up the faint outline of the inital part of this track which is now well grassed over.