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”.
An undated view downstream from the bridge at Milton Ferry.
A lovely 1950s image showing the old A47 passing Milton Ferry on the left.
The East Anglian Royal Engineers at camp on the Milton estate and looking suitably proud of their temporary bridge built on the Milton estate lake.
As the caption states, the East Anglian Royal Engineers at Milton – date unknown.
Three superb images showing the grand setting of Milton Hall being put into use as a Red Cross Hospital during WW1.
Marked simply as “The Ferry, Peterborough”, my guess is that this is one of the houses sitting at the entry to Milton Park. If you know better, please let us know !
A bit of a mystery image marked as being in Milton Park, Peterborough in 1914 and believed to be soldiers from the West Yorkshire Regiment. If anybody knows better or different, please get in touch !
Milton Ferry bridge, spanning the River Nene, formerly supported a toll-gate for charging pedestrians who used the local path to and from Alwalton.
Records show that toll collectors were still working the bridge well into the 1960s and were usually based at the nearby Ferry Cottages (right) which were actually moved up the hill to make way for the new A47 road.
A tablet on the side of the bridge shows that it was originally built in 1716, financed entirely by the Right Honourable William Earl Fitzwilliam.
The distant buildings are Ferry Lodge (far left) and Ferry House (centre) which flank the main entrance to Milton Hall and Park.