Peterborough (1), Cambridgeshire, England
The very large Market Square in the city centre has a very pleasant atmosphere and there are plenty of cafes and shops in the vicinity. The cathedral can be seen at the far end with the Guildhall in the left foreground.
There was a settlement here certainly as far back as the Bronze Age evidenced by Flag Fen on the eastern edge of the city which we didn't have time to visit.
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In the north-east corner of the Market Square, or Cathedral Square as it's sometimes called, is the entrance to Peterborough Cathedral Close via St. Nicholas Gateway.
The oldest part of this gateway is Norman but with later alterations and additions. The wooden gate itself is Medieval and may be the oldest working gate in this country.
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Built in 1790, the old Customs House by the River Nene is from the time that Peterborough was an important port. This view was taken from a bridge which didn't exist when the Customs House was built.
The Nene Valley Railway runs between Peterborough and Wansford/Yarwell Junction covering a distance of about 7.5 miles.
This shows the locomotive 'City of Peterborough' about to leave Peterborough Station heading for Wansford. Peterborough Station on the Nene Valley Railway is a short walk from the city centre and should not be confused with Peterborough Station on the main line from London.
Read our report of this trip to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire on the Blog.