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.

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.

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.

Early Motor Vehicle near Sawtry (c.1910)

A wonderful c.1910 image of an early chauffeur driven motor vehicle carrying a well dressed lady and having just passed a horse drawn cart in the background.

The photo is marked as Great North Road but the nature of the road and the bend would suggest it is a local road nearby.

George V Mail Van, Sawtry

A nice George V Royal Mail van parked up somewhere in Sawtry – date unknown. The lower shot suggests the mailman may be posing outside of his family home.

Rest-A-Wyle Cafe, Sawtry

The interior of the “Rest-A-Wyle” cafe on the Great North Road just south of Sawtry ….. pictured in the late 1920s.

Bus to Holme

A bus turns off the A1 Great North Road to take the B1090 towards Holme – date unknown.

The Black Bull, Sawtry (c.1912)

A lovely old image showing the Huntingdon Breweries owned Black Bull public house at Sawtry around 1912 ….. which was also known as or later known as (not clear which) The Durham Ox.

The Black Bull was situated at the junction of Green End Road and St Judiths Lane and although no longer a drinking establishment, the building is still standing as a private residence in 2016.

Belgian Refugees in Sawtry (1915)

A family of Belgian refugees in Sawtry in 1915.

More than 250,000 Belgians were taken in by the UK at the start of WW1 as the German forces overwhelmed the Belgian defences. Appeals were put out for UK citizens to provide accommodation and huge numbers stepped forward in an effort to play their part in the conflict.