Hotpoint Production Line (2002)

Workers on the production line at Woodston’s Hotpoint site in early 2002.

Gray’s Art Studio, Oundle Road

A lovely Victorian portrait of a couple and their dog, possibly in the back garden of Gray’s Art Studio.

Peterborough born photographer Nathaniel James Gray (1875-1957) operated from Chessington Villa on Oundle Road.

Nene Parkway (1972)

A 1972 image showing Nene Parkway under construction. In the distance is Morley way heading into Woodston and in the foreground is a spur that will become Malborne Way.

Woodston from the Air (1932)

A 1932 aerial photo showing the LNWR Engine Shed at Woodston (top left) which is the site of Railworld in 2016 and also the houses of George Street and Jubilee Street (bottom).

Woodston School, Oundle Road

Woodston School at its original site on Oundle Road in 1910, prior to its relocation to Wharf Road. To the right of the school building is Lovell’s Tailors of 41 Oundle Road.

Oundle Road Bridge, Woodston

An undated image that appears to show the rebuilding or strengthening of the Oundle Road rail bridge in Woodston.

Wharf Road School

Wharf Road School pictured in the early 1900s.

The school opened in 1873 as the Woodston Parochial School before becoming the Woodston C of E Mixed School in 1900. In 1957, the school was significantly altered and became St Augustine’s CE (Aided) Junior School which eventually moved from Wharf Road to Palmerston Road in 1973.

Former pupil Peter Thomas was at the original Wharf Road School in 1948 and commented, “the school site contained two buildings, an infants school for two forms and the original building from the 1870s. This had separate entrances and separate playgrounds for girls and boys. The school field was not exactly level and contained some treacherous patches of stinging leaves. Even in 1950 the only toilets were outside and individual classrooms were heated by coal fires or stoves.”

Oundle Road, Woodston (1920)

Looking up Oundle Road towards the railway bridge in 1920. The Cherry Tree pub would have been just behind the photographer on the left.

Savoy Cinema, Woodston

Based on Palmerston Road, the “Woodston Cinema” was housed in converted brewery buildings and was opened on 29th March 1920 with “The Girl Who Came Back” and had 400 seats.

It closed in 1931 and had been the last cinema in the city to convert to sound. It was altered and enlarged to 500 seats before re-opening on 26th December 1933 as the “Gem Cinema”.

A change of owner in 1939 resulted in a further name change to the “Savoy Cinema”. It eventually closed on 1st October 1955 with the last films being John Payne in “The Blazing Forest” and Ray Milland in “Rhubarb”. It went on to become a furniture store for John Blundell and then became a warehouse before being demolished in the 1990s.

Below is a wartime advert for the savoy and an undated image.

Wharf Road, Woodston (1912)

Wharf Road – or as it was known at this time, the more appropriate Water End – in Woodston during the August 1912 floods.