Portland House, Whittlesey

Portland House in Whittlesey pictured around 1915. The house was built as a private residence, dating back to the early 1600s and was believed to have been built by the second Earl of Portland. It was demolished in 1945 but some remains (gates, stone garden walls, diagonal paths and a rose garden) still survive today off Manor View in the town.

Sir Harry Smith School Prospectus (1954)

Pages from the 1954 and first school prospectus for the newly opened Sir Harry Smith School in Whittlesey.

Opened in 1953 on the former site of the Whittlesey Workhouse, the school was named after 19th Century English Army General Sir Harry Smith who was born in Whittlesey, and whose grave is situated in the cemetery adjacent to the school. The school was renamed a Community College in 1971.

Whittlesey Girls School (c.1900)

A very early image showing Whittlesey Girls School around 1900. The school was located at the junction of Low Cross and West End.

The school opened in 1850 and was still operating, albeit in an overcrowded and run down state in the 1940s. In late 1947, the Ministry of Education agreed to build the Sir Harry Smith School to replace both the Girls School and the Station Road Boys School.

Construction of the Sir Harry Smith School started in August 1950 and by the end of 1953, the old Girls School had closed. The building remained in use as the Broad Street Infants School until Park Lane Primary School was built in 1968, when it was finally demolished to widen the road.

Zion Chapel, Whittlesey (1904)

The Zion Chapel on Gracious street in Whittlesey which was built in 1836 and granted status as a place of religious worship in 1838. It later became known as Whittlesey Baptist Church and remains as such today (2016).

Private Walter Coles, Whittlesey (1915)

9919 Private Walter Coles of the 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on 25th September 1915, which was the First Day of the Battle of Loos. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

CWGC states that he was the 25 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Coles of Nags Head Cottages, Factory Road, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.

Soldiers Died in the Great War states that he was born at Whittlesea and had enlisted at Northampton.

Some basic internet research reveals that he is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Whittlesey along with his two brothers, Herbert and Arthur Coles who also died during WW1.

Whittlesey Firemen (1907)

Fireman of the Whittlesey Urban District Council pictured in 1907 with their second-hand horse drawn Tilley Manual Fire Engine which originated from the POW Camp at Normans Cross. The horsepower was usually provided by a local farmer or sometimes even the local undertaker !