An undated image showing children being escorted out of St John’s Church in Stanground.
A wonderful but devastating image showing the end of the Stanground Manor House after a fire in the early hours of Sunday 8th January 1899. The house was the residence of Irishman John Selby.
The fire broke out in the library and spread rapidly, sending all the inhabitants fleeing in their night clothes and destroying many valuable paintings, silverware and other artifacts.
Three fire brigades battled vainly to halt the fire but the Peterborough Brigade’s steam tender had an accident on route to the fire and was rendered of no use.
The Manor House was sited behind the parish church, underneath today’s Burystead, but fortunately the prevailing winds blew the flames away from the church.
Thanks to Geoff Sutton for these excellent images from 1965. Geoff comments ……
I was 21 years of age in 1965 and staying with my parents on Farcet Road during the summer holidays. From the garden I heard an unusual sound from the road so I went to the front of the house and saw the approach of a showman’s steam vehicle.
I dashed inside to get my camera but was too late to get a shot as the engine had passed by. I then went off in pursuit on my bicycle and caught up with it on what was then the new(ish) Stanground bypass, took a picture, and followed it to its destination. That was to be the old bus station in Bishops Road where it parked on the pedestrian area in front of the old toilet block as an exhibit for all to see.
I’m not sure whether this was in conjunction with any other event but it drew quite a crowd. The date was 10th July 1965. I understand that the vehicle is still attending shows on a regular basis and is in fine condition.
The vehicle, at that time, was owned by a Mr Chamberlain of Farcet.
The locomotive details are:-
Burrell Showman’s Road Locomotive
Builders Number 3912 of 1921
Registration Number CO 4485