Rare early picture of Hicks Brick Pit

Hicks brick pit. When was this taken?

Hicks brick pit. When was this taken?

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This week’s pictures are a mixed bag. The main picture is of Hicks Brick pit, which is located near to what now is Hampton Hargate. It was possibly taken before the First World war and shows men digging clay benches.

There’s also another fantastic aerial picture of the city taken pre-Queensgate with the cathedral as ever dominating the scene.

An aerial view of the city centre. What year was it taken?

An aerial view of the city centre. What year was it taken?

I had some good feedback from last week’s pictures including as ever from the Peterborough Images Facebook group.

Several people identified the canning factory as Farrow’s in Fletton Avenue. The factory opened in 1914 and from 1931 exported canned peas and fruit round the world.

Reader Colin Mawby, from Stanground, remembers his mum and aunts working there in the 1950s

The picture of Symington’s Corset Factory also sparked memories. The factory, I’ve learned, was built in 1903 and was the largest employer of female labour in the area.

Symingtons factory

Symingtons factory

One of those workers was Sheila Pow. She told me: “I worked there in 1955/56 not long after I left school and remember us girls sitting side by side the same as the girls at an earlier time.

“When we first joined the company we were taught in a partitioned off area in the corner and later moved into the main sewing part of the factory as shown in the photo.

“My hobby from a very early age was sewing and I thought I would be taught to make bras but soon discovered that my lot was to sew the same one seam all day and it was handed to another row of girls to sew the next stage.

“I remember one girl sitting on my right suddenly going quiet and saw that she had the sewing needle through the centre of her finger. I turned the machine wheel round to release her finger and then called for help.’’

Farrow's factory in Fletton Avenue

Farrow's factory in Fletton Avenue

As ever, if you have any information about any of the pictures on this page please get in touch.