Saw this superb advertising sign being sold on ebay recently …… the seller claims he rescued it during the demolition of the old City Cinema.
The cinema was built in 1927 on Bridge Street and was demolished in 1963 to make way for the city’s first Marks & Spencer store.
Two images of the Bell at Stilton from the early part of the 1900s and showing a sign indicating that the inn was supplied in these days by Huntingdon based brewery “Marshall Brothers”.
The desolate road disappearing into the distance was the Great North Road, albeit a little quiter than today’s A1M replacement that passes a few hundred yards behind the Inn.
An early shot of Wansford Bridge from around 1910-1920 showing the 10mph limit sign on the left and the agricultural road surface ….. otherwise a scene that hasn’t changed a whole lot over the last 100 years.
There used to be an eight-arched wooden bridge on the site. In 1221, a remission of 10 days penance was granted to anyone giving alms for its repair. After floods damaged it in 1571 it was replaced by a thirteen-arched stone bridge. Only the seven northernmost arches remain, the other six being replaced after about 100 years. Further rebuilding in 1795 after more flood damage left a single span over the main stream, making navigation easier.
The one thing that always fascinates me about this bridge is that the road is no minor country track but the Great North Road as it was known in those days and now better known as the A1.
As traffic volumes started to make the bridge too much of a bottle neck on such a major North-South route, a new bridge was built and the A1 redirected along today’s route leaving Wansford and the bridge in relative peace !