The Green at Sawtry pictured in 1909.
A 1930s image showing The Bell at Sawtry along with a modern day image below.
An early sales invoice from the store of Tom Lawrence Barrett incorporating a wonderful scene full of artistic license given that his store opened in 1893 !
There were two Barretts stores on opposite sides of Long Causeway at the Midgate/Westgate junction ….. this would be the store on the corner of Midgate (left) and Long Causeway (right).
Baptist minister, Rev Thomas Barrass (nicknamed ‘the Nonconformist Bishop of Peterborough’) whose popularity was behind the construction of a new building on Queen Street capable of seating 800 people in 1870.
The building only lasted for 35 years until, early in the morning of October 16, 1905 the chapel and most of the “Barrass Memorial Hall” built in 1904 alongside were completely burned down leaving only the shell of the buildings standing. The cause of the fire was unknown, but it is listed among the ‘great fires of Peterborough’.
Pictured below are the buildings before the fire and the devastation afterwards, along with smartly dressed onlookers !
A late 1940s image showing the city’s smartly turned out Sea Rangers.
The Sea Rangers began to appear in the early 1920s as a nautical wing of the Girl Guides Association and were well established across the UK by the time of WW2 at which point many became WRENS.
Although the Guides dropped the Sea Rangers wing in 1973, the Sea Rangers Association established themselves and continue to operate today.
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.
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