River Nene: Peterborough’s constant through changing times

River Nene 1900s
River Nene 1900s
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No matter how much Peterborough has changed over the years nor how much it changes in the future, one thing is certain – there will always be a river running through it!

The River Nene has always been a focal point for the city, not least for leisure activities.

Bathing spot on River Nene 1920s

Bathing spot on River Nene 1920s

I doubt we will see again scenes like those top in the 1920s with scores of people bathing in the river.

The second picture shows, according to the caption, a torpedo boat being towed along the river.

The next two pictures, the latter taken from Town Bridge, show some atmospheric views of the river.

The wonderful fifth picture paints a tranquil scene with men checking their rowing boats. I wonder if they were working or indulging a hobby? You can see Town Bridge and the Customs House in the background.

Motor torpedo boat on the River Nene.

Motor torpedo boat on the River Nene.

The next photograph was taken in 1918 and also shows Town Bridge and the Customs House.

The picture of the rowing regatta shows the event attracted large crowds to the banks of the Nene. This picture was taken in 1948.

With the city’s ‘new town’ expansion, new parkway bridges were built over the Nene. The two aerial shots show work in progress.

One picture was taken in the 1970s and shows bridge building over the Nene at Thorpe Meadows. It’s fascinating to see the area before the rowing lake was built.

A river view from Town Bridge

A river view from Town Bridge

The other aerial shot shows construction of the Frank Perkins Parkway.

More Peterborough nostalgia in pictures:

- Celebrating 900 years of Peterborough Cathedral

- How well do you know Peterborough’s streets? How well do you know Peterborough streets?

A 1948 regatta on the River Nene

A 1948 regatta on the River Nene

- 12 things you never knew about Peterborough’s lost tram network

- Peterborough under construction - do you recognise these city centre sites before they were finished?

A River Nene Customs House on the right  1918

A River Nene Customs House on the right 1918

A tranquil River Nene

A tranquil River Nene

A 1970s parkway construction across River Nene

A 1970s parkway construction across River Nene

Construction of the Frank Perkins Parkway over the River Nene ENGEMN00120121001121218

Construction of the Frank Perkins Parkway over the River Nene ENGEMN00120121001121218