20th March: Lunchtime talk – “History of Peterborough’s bridges” with Brian Keegan

The last in this short season of Tuesdays Till Two talks, History of Peterborough’s Bridges, will be given by Brian Keegan. Railways, the river Nene, the drainage of the Fens and the Development Corporation have given Peterborough a rich legacy of over 300 Bridges.

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale with all profits going to the GBY. The talk will begin at 1pm.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4.

Peterborough, divided north south by the River Nene, and east west by the East Coast main line and with the Fens to the east, is today a city with over 300 bridges, from the earliest existing bridge at Wansford, built in 1577 on the original Great North Road, to the many bridges constructed by the Development Corporation during the development of the city’s parkway system in the 1970’s and 80’s. The draining of the Fens and the coming of the railway also led to the building of many bridges.

Today 19 of the bridges are listed, including the Nene Viaduct – the only remaining cast iron bridge on Britain’s mainline railway system.

This illustrated talk will give listeners a chance to reflect on how design, material and technology has revolutionised bridge design over the past half millennium and to learn about some of Peterborough’s rich engineering heritage.

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13th March: Lunchtime talk – “Good old Red Cross” with Jane Hogg

This week’s Tuesdays Till Two talk, “Good old Red Cross”, to be given by Jane Hogg, looks at the work of the Red Cross in the city during the two world wars. What did the Red Cross in Peterborough do for the war effort and what did the Red Cross worldwide do for Peterborough?

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale with all profits going to the GBY. The talk will begin qt 1pm.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4.

6th March: Lunchtime talk – “Peterborough folklore” with Francis Young

Our second Tuesdays Till Two of the year is the first of three talks with a historical theme: Peterborough and its surrounding region has a rich store of fascinating folklore, from the first sighting of the ‘Wild Hunt’ in England in the twelfth century to First World War UFOs. This talk, given by freelance historian and author Dr Francis Young (pictured), explores some examples of Peterborough’s folklore, including tales associated with St John’s church and its former vast parish, from ghosts and revenants to holy wells and unofficial ‘folk saints’.

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale with all profits going to the GBY. The talk will begin at 1pm.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4.

Francis Young is the author of a number of books including “Peterborough Folklore”, published in Septmber 2017 by Lasse Press.