LOOKING BACK: Surprises in store?

Marks & Spencer in Peterborough. When was the picture taken?
Marks & Spencer in Peterborough. When was the picture taken?
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Black Friday has been and gone in Peterborough– thankfully without unseemly punch-ups between bargain hunters looking for that perfect (and cheap) Christmas gift.

Like most things, the world of retail has changed dramatically.

Do you remember Sheltons on Broadway

Do you remember Sheltons on Broadway

Today’s pictures showcase city retailers from a bygone age – although some remain in business today not least Marks & Spencers.

Soon to move out of its Bridge Street store and to have its entire city centre operation in Queensgate, the picture shows its original location in the city from 1932 to 1964. Do you know where this was?

Sheltons was a major store in the city located on Broadway next to where the theatre now stands.

Other less well known stores to “newcomers’’ like me are Trollope’s on Long Causeway.

Trollope's store. Do you know where this was?

Trollope's store. Do you know where this was?

The Jon Bryan and John Wells stores are opposite each other on the Midgate crossroads. Were these pictures taken at the same time?

The weather looks wet and miserable and the cars seem to be from a similar era.

The 70s perhaps?

The pictures of smaller and older retailers are perhaps less familiar except perhaps the one of Franks Bros the butchers, which was one of the city’s most iconic small traders until it closed last year after trading in the city centre for 130 years.

Do you remember the Jon Bryan store

Do you remember the Jon Bryan store

The other shops pictured include Will Blackman’s tobacco store on Long Causeway and the Home and Colonial store on Narrow Street which back in 1926 was pushing the sales of margarine.

The final picture is Bob Woodmans & Co cycle shop, but where was it located?

If you have any information or memories of these stores please get in touch or add a comment below.

John Wells store. What did they sell?

John Wells store. What did they sell?

One of the city's iconic small traders, Frank Bros

One of the city's iconic small traders, Frank Bros

Where was Blackmans tobacco store?

Where was Blackmans tobacco store?

The Home and Colonial store in Narrow Street

The Home and Colonial store in Narrow Street

Woodmans Cycles. Do you know where this was?

Woodmans Cycles. Do you know where this was?