The chang­ing Square

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Nigel Thorn­ton nigel.thorn­ton@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTnigelthorn­ton 01733 588714

It seems ev­ery­body in Peter­bor­ough has a view on Cathe­dral Square. The cen­tre piece of the city cen­tre it un­der­went a multi-mil­lion pound rev amp a few years back which saw the con­tro­ver­sial in­tro­duc­tion of the foun­tains.

Older read­ers will re­mem­ber the square when it was called Mar­ket Place and, of course, was home to a mar­ket on some days of the week.

It also had the Harry Gates Pear­son Memo­rial foun­tain – the square’s orig­i­nal wa­ter fea­ture, which can be seen in three pic­tures on the bot­tom row, the pic­tures are not dated and the mid­dle one ap­pears to be ar­ti­fi­cially coloured.

The line draw­ing above cap­tures the scene in the 1900s.

The main pic­ture shows the square packed out for a New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion. Can any­one guess the date? Un­for­tu­nately, no­body will be able to recog­nise them­selves as the pho­tog­ra­pher went for a blurry ef­fect!

The pic­tures top left and bot­tom right look as if they were taken in the 1960s. Does any­body re­mem­ber Mac fish­eries food shop and Briggs foot fit­ters?

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