LOOKING BACK: Keeping track of city’s history

When was this picture of Peterborough station taken?

When was this picture of Peterborough station taken?

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Peterborough and the railways are so closely linked that many only know of it as an East Coast mainline stop.

The railway first came to the city in 1845 with the East Station which operated until 1960 and was located on the south bank east of Town Bridge.

Aerial picture of  Peterborough station taken in 1990

Aerial picture of Peterborough station taken in 1990

Five years later the North station opened on the site of today’s station.

At one point in 1901 it’s estimated that a quarter of the city’s adult males worked on or for the railway.

Today, we have of course a modern recently revamped station and the journey time to and from London remains one of the city’s key selling points.

For fact fans Peterborough was the site of the first mast to be installed as part of the East Coast Main Line electrification project to Edinburgh

Peterborough station under construction  to be as it is today.

Peterborough station under construction to be as it is today.

Today’s main picture comes with the simple caption “Peterborough station’’. There is no date nor any other information. Despite the changes it looks remarkably similar to today’s station.

The aerial picture was taken in 1990. At the bottom you can just make out the top of Crescent Bridge. The surrounding area has changed substantially with not least the arrival of Waitrose.

The drawing is of East Station around its opening date and the final picture was taken during the construction of today’s station.

Last week’s pictures of city centre shops sparked a lot of interest – not least because of my deliberate (not really!) mistake.

A drawing of  Peterborough East station from around 1845

A drawing of Peterborough East station from around 1845

I wrote that Trollope’s was on Long Causeway.

Anne Carr, of Star Road, tells me Trollope’s was in fact on the corner of Queen Street and Westgate roughly opposite North Street. Anne told me Trollope’s sold school uniforms among other things.

Queen Street was demolished to make way for Queensgate.

Russell Evans, from Dogsthorpe, agreed with Anne pointing out that one small section of Queen Street still exists just off Cowgate. Queens Street was at one time home to Perkins’ factory and Russell his dad worked there.

Trollope's store on Queen Street

Trollope's store on Queen Street

The picture of Shelton’s provoked a lot of happy memories and it’s clear the store is missed by many - both by those who worked there and shoppers.

I have a little more information about Woodmans bicycle shop. Readers seem agreed it was on the corner of Bread Street and Oundle Road.

I started with a “deliberate’’ mistake and I’ll end with another!

I mentioned the John Wells store but it was (and you can see clearly on the picture!) called John Walton.

Walton’s, one reader revealed was opened by no less than actor Sid James. Altogether now... what a Carry On!

Thanks to everybody for their contributions.