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B1 Steam at New England

Colwick based Thompson B1 class #61285 in wonderfully grimy condition in front of a familiar New England backdrop on New Years Eve 1964.

Railway Cottages, New England

The rear of a row of Railway Cottages at New England with the footbridge over to the Engine Repair Sheds in the distance. The view is three rows of cottages back from Lincoln Road, adjacent to the Sports Ground. Probably dating to late 1950s/early 1960s.

Beeby & Son, Coal Merchant

A horse and cart of Alexander Beeby & Son coal merchants in a yard ….. possibly at the back of the railway cottages near the Triangle on Lincoln Road but they were known to have had a number of yards around the city and in villages around the city.

Beyer Peacock Garratt at Spital Yard

A huge 150 ton Beyer Peacock Garratt engine #47981 at rest near the coaling tower in Spital Yard in 1951.

Built in 1930, these unusual 2-6-0+0-6-2 engines had a fixed coal bunker and were more typical of continental heavy freight engines. They were phased out from British rail use in the 1950s.

Track Workers (c.1910)

Track workers pictured around 1910 with the Midland & Great Northern Railway flyover in the background on the site of what would today be the A47 Soke parkway rail bridge.

[© National Railway Museum and SSPL]

New England Locomotive Shed (1967)

Two 1967 images showing the impressive loco shed at New England, the year before it was demolished.

Closure of Spires Bakery (2016)

The last Saturday of May 2016 saw the closure of New England’s long standing and much loved Spires Bakery. The Peterborough Telegraph reported ……

Last Saturday saw the last fresh bread and sweet pastries sold at Spires Bros Bakery, the family business which has been operating in Peterborough for 136 years.

Roger Spires is the fourth generation of his family to have run the bakery at the Triangle off Bourges Boulevard in New England, but having started helping out with the business aged five, he is looking forward to finally having a break to enjoy his first holiday.

Roger and wife Lynda (63), who served the customers, now plan to tour Britain with a caravan.

“We are just retiring. I got to 65 and had just had enough,” said Roger, who was born in the flat above the bakery. “I want to do things and I’ve never had a holiday. I’m pleased this is over really, we’ve got past the sadness. But it was difficult to stop – we’ve got a lot of customers. There’s one chap who’s 85, he’s been coming in since he was a little boy.”

Lynda said: “There’s a chap from Whittlesey and one from Hunstanton. Every time he comes to see his grandson he comes in. They all think it’s sad but they understand we need a bit of a life.”

Roger’s life since leaving school has been 4am starts and working Mondays to Saturdays non-stop. “I don’t know what it’s like not working,” he said. “You wonder what it’s going to be like.”

Spires has served the Great Northern Hotel and the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium but changes to the road outside the shop have made business a bit trickier in the past five years. “Before they did this road we had builders queuing up,” said Lynda. Roger added: “It gets increasingly difficult to keep the place going. We used to be incredibly busy.”

Roger said: “We’ve just had some good laughs and some nice customers.” Lynda added: “It’s sad to say goodbye to everybody.”

The Triangle, Lincoln Road

Crowds enjoying a late sunny afternoon on the Triangle on Lincoln Road – date around 1918.

V2 at New England Shed (1960)

Doncaster based Gresley V2 #60880 cooling down alongside New England Shed in late 1960.

[Photo by Ron Fisher]

The Triangle, Lincoln Road (c.1918)

A wonderful image showing the Triangle on Lincoln Road around 1918.