From court to club

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourtelegraph - By Nigel Thorn­ton nigel.thorn­ton@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTnigelthorn­ton 01733 588714

To­day’s pic­tures il­lus­trate the rapidly chang­ing face of the city. The pho­to­graphs above are of fa­mous city build­ings which in their life­times have had very dif­fer­ent uses.

The Ses­sions House pic­ture was taken by le­gendary for­mer ET li­brar­ian Alan Cleaver in 1963 be­fore the dis- trict hos­pi­tal towerblock was built. The build­ing was used as a court­house and a jail among other things be­fore be­ing con­verted into a pub/ restau­rant.

The pic­ture be­low is of the the for­mer county court of­fice in Cat­tle Mar­ket Road. It was later con­verted into the 5th Av­enue Night­club, but­the build­ing has sadly been un­used for many years.

The pic­tures to the right are all taken from the same spot over a 14-year time span.

These pic­tures were also taken by Alan stand­ing at the junc­tion of City Road/ New Road/Midgate look­ing towards West­gate.

The top pic­ture was taken in 1963 with on the left Peters court which the de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion used as of­fices with the old county court on the right.

The next pic­ture was taken 10 years later and build­ings have been de­mol­ished to make way for the Here­ward Cen­tre.

The bot­tom pic­ture was taken in 1973 and on the left hand side new shop and of­fice build­ings have sprung up.

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