The most striking change is the loss of Holy Trinity church with its tall spire, demolished in 1966. The site was sold to Tesco Ltd for £42,000 and Marks and Spencer refurbished the building in 2003. The Peterborough Co-operative drapery department (right) became the Gas Board, and is now a card shop.
I was born with my twin sister in 1947 at Paxton Park maternity hospital in Stukely. Baptised at All Saints. We lived with my grandparents in Avenue Road and attended Waldren Rd CofE school.
My Uncle was born in
theOldCottages in shakespear place. My Mother,Uncle and older sister all went to Huntingdon Grammer school and my Gran was housekeeper there for many years. I loved living there as a child and have many fond memories of the Town.
I used to spend Holidays at my Auntie Flo;s in Great Northern Street, Huntingdon in the 1950s early 1960s .Fond memories of going through back gate on to the common,standing in cow pats and collecting wild mushrooms. Remember there was a butchers in the High Street that made fantastic sausages and Dad would always buy loads and take some home to Sussex when we went home.
The man riding his cycle beside the car looked so familiar, and I firmly believe that it is Mr Timothy (Tim) Towler who was Art and Technical Drawing Master at Huntingdon Grammar School during the 1940s and very early `950s. Tim, as he was called by us irreverent pupils, lived in Godmanchester, and cycled from his home to the Grammar School (now demolished) on Brampton Road daily. He was much loved by all of ...see more
I grew up in Huntingdon, I remember the old town back then, Okendens, almost across from the George Hotel, and Wyles the shoe shop. It was a nice town. I remember the jumble sales held in all the churches were exciting events, and the old cinema, I miss the old town a lot, I have good memories. I remember the Cromwell Cafe which was owned by Greeks and had great food, my school mates would meet there. ...see more
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Why Reference Prints?
All 300,000 photographs in The Frith Collection have been scanned, but as the photos were taken over a 110 year period on a wide range of glass & film negatives, using different photographic processes, every image has to be checked and optimised, before we make a print for a customer. This process can take from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the condition of the original that we scanned. In order to offer a worthwhile selection of photos for each town, our website has traditionally displayed a mix of fully optimised photos with some that have been checked and tonally adjusted, but still require further work to bring them to the standard our products are known for.
Despite this work over the last 20 years, more than 60,000 scans have still not been individually checked and therefore not shown on our website. Some of these may prove to be damaged, faded, or not of sufficient quality to ever be offered in our full product range. However, since the number of Genealogists and Local Historians using our website is growing all the time, with effect September 2021 we will display the unchecked images marked as "Reference Only". Until they are checked and optimised these photos will only be available on the website for on-line research, or available to order as 7" x 4” Reference Prints sold as seen, with no warranty. Over the next few years as these photos are checked, those that meet our essential quality requirements will gradually be optimised and added to our main selection.