LOOKING BACK: Big occasions in Peterborough

Market Place (now Cathedral Square) in 1901
Market Place (now Cathedral Square) in 1901

Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony often (with some justification) bemoans the size of crowds in Peterborough – but there was no lack of support from city folk for the events featured in this week’s pictures!

Mind you the events in question were very special.

Peterborough celebrates Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897

Peterborough celebrates Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897

The magnificent first picture shows a huge gathering in Market Place (now Cathedral Square) as the mayor Mr G Fitzwilliam reads the proclamation of King Edward VII in February 1901.

It is a wonderfully evocative picture of times past.

Two other pictures were taken at the same location four years earlier as the city joined the nation’s celebration for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Last week I featured some old pictures of Westgate and mentioned the street was infamous for the last reading of th e Riot Act in the city after angry locals besieged the butcher’s shop of German born Frederick Frank.

Another view of the celebrations for the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria

Another view of the celebrations for the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria

Just by chance I came across a picture which shows a crowd gathered outside his shop which is guarded by police officers.

It all looks very orderly – in fact I’ve seen more of a “riot’’ at the first day of the Next sale!

Women and children are among the (smartly dressed) mob... maybe they were all after some cheap sausages!

The final picture shows another packed but well behaved crowd for the opening of the city’s Central Library in Broadway in May 1906.

Police stand guard outside Frank's butcher's shop after a mob gathered

Police stand guard outside Frank's butcher's shop after a mob gathered

It was funded and opened by American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

I have been inundated with pictures and memories from readers from which I am very grateful.

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Andrew Carnegie opens Central Library in Broadway in 1906

Andrew Carnegie opens Central Library in Broadway in 1906