Eye in the sky on Bret­ton

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

THIS bird’s eye view of Bret­ton is a real blast from the past!

When we asked for more in­for­ma­tion, we were cer­tainly not dis­ap­pointed.

Mr Dick Har­ri­son, from Longth­orpe, emailed us with more de­tail on the date it might have been taken.

He said: “I think your date of 1991 may be 20 years out. If you look closely, the de­vel­op­ment ap­pears to be in a very early stage. The orig­i­nal Sainsbury’s looks like it is un­der con­struc­tion. It opened just af­ter we moved to Peter­bor­ough in 1971. I think it opened late in 1971 or 1972.”

As you can see from the photo, the first sec­tion of Soke Park­way, from Rhubarb Bridge to Longth­orpe, is still un­der con­struc­tion.

The Bret­ton Woods School has yet to be built, along with Bret­ton Po­lice Sta­tion, which opened in 1974.

Mr Har­ri­son added: “To the west of Bret­ton Gate is open fields, no Toll­gate or Ju­nior School to the top of the pic­ture where there are fur­ther fields where the Edith Cavell Hos­pi­tal was built.

“In fact, the whole area looks like a build­ing site. The pic­ture tells an in­ter­est­ing story. In the space of 40 years a sec­ondary school and a hos­pi­tal have been built and de­mol­ished - progress!”

Mr Liam Boyle emailed us to add lots more de­tail, in­clud­ing an­other idea on when the pic­ture may have been taken.

He said: “I think the pho­to­graph is more likely to have been taken in the late 1960s. It is taken look­ing to the south on Bret­ton Way to­wards Bret­ton Gate. It shows wood­land, im­me­di­ately to the north of Bret­ton Gate, on what is now Rightwell, where the com­pany for which I worked built an of­fice on mov­ing from Not­ting­ham in 1983.

“The BP fill­ing sta­tion at the junc­tion of Bret­ton Gate and Bret­ton Way has yet to be built, as is Sainsbury’s. I re­call vis­it­ing friends in Peter­bor­ough in 1970/1971 and Sainsbury’s was then a brand new ‘mega’ store. There does seem to be some sort of de­vel­op­ment in the area of the Sainsbury’s site but it is dif­fi­cult to see. Could it be Sainsbury’s ground­works?”

Mr Boyle added that there is noth­ing to see in any di­rec­tion! He said: “None of the lo­cal au­thor­ity hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on Ben­land ap­pears to have been built, nei­ther is there ev­i­dence of Bret­ton Woods School and I can’t see the build­ing that housed the ill-starred district heat­ing scheme that is now oc­cu­pied, iron­i­cally, by Ice­land.

“That scheme pro­vided heat for much of north Bret­ton, in­clud­ing my house in Gul­ly­more that was built in 1974. Sim­i­larly, there is no de­vel­op­ment to the south of Bret­ton Gate that must have been con­structed in the 1970s.”

Mr Boyle added that the last of­fice he oc­cu­pied be­fore re­tire­ment was on the site im­me­di­ately to the south-west of the round­about in the cen­tre of the pic­ture and ap­pears not to have been built, although the site seems to have been cleared and there seems to be some small build­ings in the area.

He said: “You can see the oak tree just be­hind the huts that is be­lieved to be about 500 years old and still stands.

“You can also see an­other large oak that is in the cor­ner of what is known as the Oak Tree site, im­me­di­ately north of the round­about that is now un­der de­vel­op­ment as some sort of med­i­cal fa­cil­ity I be­lieve. Both trees have preser­va­tion or­ders on them, thank good­ness.”

DE­VEL­OP­MENT: Lots of read­ers had in­for­ma­tion on this pic­ture taken above Bret­ton.

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