Threshing at Sawtry

What appears to be an early threshing machine in operation in the Sawtry area ….. date unknown.

Council Steam Engine

A Hunts Council Steam Engine at an unknown location but very possibly in or around Sawtry.

St Judiths Lane, Sawtry (1905)

St Judiths Lane, Sawtry in 1905 around the site of today’s playing fields car park.

The old thatch cottage was owned by the Wiles family and it caught fire in the late 1970s and was replaced with a pre-fab bungalow. The bungalow was lived in until sometime in the 1990s when Bill and Marie Wiles passed away, after which it was knocked down and the house that is there now was built on the land.

Green End Road, Sawtry (1909)

A 1909 view along Green End Road in Sawtry.

Church Lane, Sawtry

A view down Church Street in Sawtry. Date unknown but may be a view from the junction with High Street.


Sawtry Corn Mill

An early 1900s photo of Sawtry corn mill off Green End Road near the junction with Gidding Road and, below, sacks of corn being loaded in the yard onto trucks from Lough Transport of nearby Holme.

Sawtry Green (1909)

The Green at Sawtry pictured in 1909.

The Bell, Sawtry

A 1930s image showing The Bell at Sawtry along with a modern day image below.

Wilcocks Garage, Sawtry

A battered car from a crash on the Great North Road being towed into the nearby garage of CM Wilcocks in Sawtry who also ran a roadside cafe in a building just out of the top picture to the left.

Sawtry Post Office (1909)

The Post Office on Green End Road, Sawtry pictured in 1909 with sub-postmistress Laura Parsons (1858-1923) in the doorway. Laura worked with her sister Helen Parsons and they also shared lodgings with Yorkshire born head school teacher Annie Bell.

The sign above the door to the right advertises “Mrs Bell, Dressmaker” who was locally born Rose Bell while far right is the Grocer, Draper and Provisions Store of Anna and Kate Clayson.