By­gone Bridge Street

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

Bridge Street has al­ways been one of the city’s key shop­ping ar­eas – al­though in re­cent years it has strug­gled to main­tain its place at the top of the city’s re­tail of­fer­ing.

Thep­ic­ture (top right) was taken in 1965( well be­fore pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion) and shows a bustling Bridge Street. One of its big­gest at­trac­tions wasBri­er­ley’s store which­canbe­seen on the left of the photograph.

Frank Bri­er­ley is cred­ited with putting Peterborough on the map as a shop­ping cen­tre and among his in­no­va­tions was open­ing on Good Fri­day in 1966. The move sparked a fur ore but he was proved right with 41,000 cus­tomers in his store that day and queues snaking back along Bridge Street.

Two of the street’s main­stays un­til re­cently were Wool­worths and Marks & Spencer. For­mer PT li­brar­ian Alan Cleaver’s pic­ture (right mid­dle) shows Woolies andM&S, which is in the process of be­ing built, side by side. This pic­ture was taken in 1963.

The pic­ture top left, from 1970, shows work go­ing on to ex­pand the Woolw or ths store.

The space i n the fore­ground was used as a car park be­fore in the 70s it be­camethe site of the Mag­is­trates’ Court in Lower Bridge Street.

The pic­ture (right bot­tom) also shows the M&S un­der con­struc­tion in 1962 sand­wiched be­tween Woolies and Hal­fords.

The pic­ture above shows Marks & Spencer in the 70s.

Sadly, Woolies are nomore and last year M&S de­parted Bridge Street, al­though it still has a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in the city cen­tre in Queens­gate.

If you have any old pic­tures of Bridge Street which you would like to share please get in touch.

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