Sawtry Green (1909)

The Green at Sawtry pictured in 1909.

The Bell, Sawtry

A 1930s image showing The Bell at Sawtry along with a modern day image below.

TL Barrett Invoice

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).

Thomas Barrass, Baptist Minister

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 !

Henry Lee, Park Road Church Minister (1905)

Henry Lee, minister at the Park Road Baptist Church in 1905.

Park Road Baptist Church Wardens (1940s)

Church Deacons from Park Road Baptist Church pictured in 1940s.

Peterborough Sea Rangers (c.1949)

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.

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.

Edward Law’s Saddlery, Cumbergate

A lovely old image dating to the late 1890s or very early 1900s and showing Indian born Edward Law’s Saddlery Shop (centre) with the Post Office building to the right. In 1904, the shop building was leveled to allow the Post Office to extend to the left.


Walton (School ?) Football Club (1949/50)

From the ages, this may well be Walton School football team captured during the 1949/50 season.