On Broad­way

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

To­day’s se­lec­tion of pic­tures start with a chal­lange to iden­tify the lo­ca­tion of the pic­ture top left. The area looks very dif­fer­ent to­day.

The an­swer is at the end of this ar­ti­cle.

The pic­ture below it shows the li­brary at the Or ton Cen­tre and was prob­a­bly taken some time in the late 70s.

The wa­ter fea­ture was re­moved later be­cause of safety fears.

The pic­tures to the right are both of Broad­way, look­ing very dif­fer­ent to how it does to­day.

The top one was taken in 1956.

The fan­tas­tic pic­ture below it was one in the col­lec­tion of for­mer Even­ing Tele­graph li­brar­ian Alan Cleaver show­ing the Broad­way, West­gate, Midgate and Long Cause­way.

It’s a fascin­tat­ing pho­to­graph with great de­tail.

Look at the l ow- slung pram the mother is push­ing as she crosses the road.

Also you can make out the words Lon­don Brick on the lorry.

By the mid- 60s the old build­ings on the corner of Broad­way had made way for the Here­ward Cen­tre.

Now for the an­swer to the poser at the start of the col­umn.

The pic­ture was taken by Mr Cleaver and where the row of trees and the large tree on the right is be­came this news­pa­per’ s of­fices un­til we moved last year.

The trees mark the site of an old grave­yard and the site was turned into a car park be­fore New Pri­est­gate House was built.

To get your bear­ings, Mr Cleaver took the pho­to­graph look­ing to­wards what we know as Queens gate round about at the Thorpe Road junc­tion.

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