Paston Ridings (c.1906)

A view along Paston Ridings around 1906 showing a large farmhouse on the right. Today the photographer would be standing with Bartram Gate on his right and Cotswold Close on his left.

Paston Valley, Fulbridge Road

Paston Valley, as it was known, off Fulbridge Road. Although the road is much changed, the “valley” area is still very recognisable today alongside Itter Park as shown in the recent image below.

Paston Rectory

An undated image showing Paston Rectory.

The Grade II listed rectory dates back to the 13th century but was remodelled in the late 16th century. A devastating fire nearly destroyed the building in the 1990s but an extensive restoration project returned it to private use in 2000.

Paston Crossing, Fulbridge Road

The old gated “Paston Crossing” carrying the railway over Fulbridge Road. Today the Paston Parkway follows the route of the Midland & Great Northern Railway so the level crossing would be pretty much under the parkway at the Fulbridge road loop junction. This image probably dates to the late 1950s shortly before passenger services ended on the line which was lifted at this point in the early 1960s. 

Soke Parkway / Fulbridge Road Junction (1974)

A 1974 aerial shot showing the construction of the Soke Parkway / Fulbridge Road junction which caused great protest from local residents who saw one end of Fulbridge Road being cut off from the other. Their protests succeeded in the now familiar loop-round junction that maintains Fulbridge Road as a route into and out of the city.

Paston Valley (c.1911)

A wonderfully rural scene at a location known as Paston Valley which today would be the distinctly suburban Fulbridge Road with Itter Park to the left …… the uneven ground to the left is still very recognizable 100 years later !

Paston Almshouses

Hard to imagine Paston as such a rural setting but these snowbound Almshouses were located on a site that would, today, be just north of Paston Ridings, opposite Pittneys.