Hob­son’s trip down Mem­ory Lane

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

THE mid-19th cen­tury brought rapid ex­pan­sion to Peter­bor­ough in the shape of the rail­ways.

The ar­rival of four rail­ways in five years from 1845 had a ma­jor im­pact on the city. Un­til then Peter­bor­ough was a fairly small mar­ket town with a pop­u­la­tion of un­der 10,000.

New rail­way lines cre­ated lots of jobs and hous­ing had to be built to pro­vide places to live for the many new rail­way work­ers.

Ear­lier this year I in­cluded a photo of the old rail­way build­ings when they were used for sheet stor­age. It caught the at­ten­tion of reader Mag­gie Woods, who emailed me to say her fa­ther used to work there.

“The picture of the rail­way build­ings brought back many happy mem­o­ries of when I was a child,” added Mrs Woods.

“My fa­ther, Jack Good­ley, was a store­man for many years un­til he re­tired. His two sis­ters, Jessie Burbage and Doris Good­ley, worked there as well.

“Aun­tie Doris was an ex­pert in em­broi­dery and stitched the rail­way mo­tif on the cor­ners of white linen servi­ettes.

“Apart from be­ing in charge of the sup­plies in the sheet stores my fa­ther looked af­ter the many cats who kept the num­bers of mice down.

“Ev­ery Sun­day, when the units were closed, he would take me to feed them. The in­side picture made me smile for it was in there my fa­ther taught me to ride a bi­cy­cle. Boy that floor was hard!

“Now when I go into the pet shop (the build­ing is now the premises for Pets at Home) it’s not tins of dog food I see but the tall, long, units that echoed the voices of happy peo­ple at work.”

What lovely mem­o­ries. Thanks for send­ing them in.

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