The Milton Ferry Boathouse on the River Nene just downstream from Milton Ferry bridge. Image undated.
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”.
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.