JP Hall & Sons, Queens Walk

Workers from J P Halls and Sons who manufactured water pumps for ships and industrial use . The company was started in Wallsend, Newcastle Upon Tyne by John Perry Hall and moved to Peterborough in 1893. The factory closed in 1963 when Bennie Lifts bought the London Road / Queens Walk premises.

Town Bridge and River Nene (c.1930)

An aerial shoot looking down on the Town Bridge in the last days before building work started on today’s river and rail bridge. Peterborough East station is just in shot top right while the newly opened (1929) Power Station is out of shot bottom left with coal wagons being served up from the main line.

Thorpe Road Gaol (c.1924)

A superb early 1920s aerial image looking down on Thorpe Road and the old Gaol building.

Built in 1840, the buildings were only a prison for a relatively short period of time as, by 1878, the buildings had become the home of the Liberty of Peterborough and the Liberty magistrates’ court with the prisoners having been transferred to Cambridge or Northampton.

The frontage of the old gaol is all that remains today, having become a Grade II listed building in 1973.

Deeping St James (c.1905)

A wonderful image showing Church Street in Deeping St James around 1905 with the Drapers/Grocers of John and Jane Shillaker near right. John died in 1903 so it was Jane who was running the store by the time of this photograph.

Newark Tram on Midgate (c.1905)

Midgate viewed from the junction with Long Causeway as an inbound Newark Tram approaches the turn into the city centre terminus. The top image dates to c.1905, the bottom one to 2017.

Steam at Crescent Station

Stanier 4-6-0 #45615 “Malay States” powers away southbound under Crescent Bridge and alongside the wonderful old Crescent Station buildings …… Peterborough’s very short lived third railway station !