Publications by the Civic Society

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The Society publishes:

  • an Annual Report
  • three newsletters per year
  • press releases throughout the year
  • booklet on our Blue Plaques
  • Peterborough and its Villages in Detail and
  • RAF Peterborough DVD - both can be purchased through our 'For Sale' page

Peterborough and its Villages in Detail

Peterborough and its villages in detail is a hardback book produced by the Society covering the fascinating and architectural detail of distinctive local buildings and includes superb photographs.

The book can be purchased from the Society at a specially reduced price (normal retail price £18.00) and for more details on this please visit our for sale page, where more information on the book and comments received can be found. The above aerial image of Peterborough Cathedral appears in this book.

Peterborough in Detail

Nene Living Articles

Kem Mehmed, one of our committee members has written regular articles for Nene Living and Gillian Bendall, editor of Nene Living, has kindly agreed we can reproduce on our website. Click on Nene Living Articles to read them. They can also be accessed via the 'Publications' drop down menu on our menu bar.

Peterborough Telegraph monthly column

Committee members write a monthly column for Peterborough Telegraph which is replicated on our website and can be read here.

Eastfield Cemetery

Not a publication of the Society but Toby Wood our vice-chair has put together a lovely PDF album of photographs and collages which are all his own work, and has been described as a 'worthy annexe' to our publication Peterborough and Its Villages in Details by one of its compilers and editors, hence its presence on this website. The collection can be viewed by clicking on the image.

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Annual Reports

Each year we publish our Annual Report which sets out the past year's activities and usually contains feature articles on aspects of Peterborough, past and present.

2019 Annual Report

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Officers’ and Plans Group Reports and summary of the talks programme for 2018/2019

Summer visits: Oundle by Peter Sidebottom, Cromwell Museum by Peter Lee, Treasures of Thorney by Henry Duckett

Articles: Heritage Open Days, Peterborough Blue Plaques update, Damaged Precincts

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2018 Annual Report

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Officers’ and Plans Group Reports and summary of the talks programme for 2017/2018

Summer visits: Delapre Abbey and Brixworth Church by Peter Lee, A Day in Boston by Peter Lee, St Mary's Church - Buckden by Henry Mansell Duckett, Buckden Towers by Peter Sidebottom

Articles: Henry Penn and the Voice of the City and Blue Plaques Revisited

2017 Annual Report

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Officers’ and Plans Group Reports and summary of the talks programme for 2016/2017

Summer visits: Stamford by Peter Sidebottom, Exton and Oakham by Henry Mansell Duckett, Island Hall - Godmanchester by Bill Samuel

Articles: Heritage Open Days and Peterborough Blue Plaques

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2016 Annual Report

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Officers’ and Plans Group Reports and summary of the talks programme for 2015/2016

Chairman's report covering Fletton Quays, Queensgate vs North Westgate, the improvements the City Centre is benefiting from the Public Realm works, Rosie Edwards obituary, and other items.

Summer Visits: Visit to Hunstanton by Peter Lee, Stibbington Hall and Church by Peter Lee and Hannah Hackett, Apethorpe Hall by Kem Mehmed

2015 Annual Report

Officers' and Plans Group Reports

Summer visits: Castor House and Gardens by Pauline Sidebottom, Moulton Windmill by Toby Wood, Kirby Hall by Henry Mansell Duckett

Articles: Landmarks, Vistas & Viewpoints - Kem Mehmed, Fletton Quays, Jo Robotham 1927 - 2015 Obituary

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2014 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summer Visits: King's Lynn, Spalding Gentleman's Society, Wothorpe Towers

Articles: Thorpe Hall Garden Wall - Evidence Revealed, Roy Richardson 1927-2014 Obituary

2013 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summer visits: Milton Hall by Pauline Sidebottom, Woodwalton Fen by Michael and Margaret Daking, Elgoods Brewery, Wisbech by Peter Lee

Articles: The Hard Sell: Marketing our first publishing venture by David Jost, Peterborough 900: The Cathedral - emerging projects and the Funding Challenge by Henry Mansell Duckett, The Cathedral's emerging projects and the Society's responses by Henry Mansell Duckett, The Geometry of the Cathedral's West Front by Henry Mansell Duckett, New Kid on the Block by Kem Mehmed, Civic Voice and Us by Peter Lee, Dr Jim Deboo OBE 1922-2013 Obituary

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2012 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Articles: Bridge House: a three-part tale by Peter Lee, The Henry Penn Plaque by Peter Lee, James Thomas Irvine - Clerk of Works to Peterborough Cathedral by Sarah Botfield,
Reverend Richard Paten 1932-2012 Obituary, David Powell MBE 1917-2012 Obituary

2011 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: Peterborough's Environmental Capital Challenge by Trevor Gibson, History of Longthorpe Fish Ponds by George Wood, Volunteering at Flag Fen by Freddie Kramer, H M Prison Peterborough after 5 years by Vicky Robinson and Craig Parbury, The Water Framework Directive and Peterborough by David Whiles, A Scrapbook of Pubs by Steve Williams

Articles: Peterborough in Detail by David Jost, Heritage Discovered - The Gables Thorpe Road by Peter Lee, The Time Team Investigation of Norman Cross Prison by Paul Chamberlain, The Closure of St Andrews Church Ufford by Keith Lievesley, Wilfred Court - Architect 1929-2011 - Obituary, 'Hugh Candidus' - Reflections on the year by Rev Richard Paten

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2010 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: Growth and Heritage by Alice Kershaw, Peterborough City Hospital by Nik Patten, Peterborough Sculpture Trust by Ian Duckworth, Peterborough's Hidden Past by Ben Robinson, Rescuing Wansford Victorian Railway Station by Liz St Hill Davies, Travelchoice Peterborough by Nicola Francis, 'Hugh Candidus' - Reflections on the year by Rev Richard Paten

Accounts of visits: City Care Centre at Thorpe Road, Fotheringhay Church and bell-chamber, Flag Fen

2009 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks and visits: Milton Estates: Past and Present by Robert Dalgleish, Visit to Hampton, Visit to Holme Fen, Peterborough Cathedral Tour, Ferry Meadows

Articles: Revising Pevsner: A New Look at Bedfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough by Charles O'Brien - Editor Pevsner Architectural Guides, The Transition Movement by Rev Richard Paten, Richard Hill 1941 - 2009 Obituary, 'Hugh Candidus' - Reflections on the year by Rev Richard Paten

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2008 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of Visits: Peterborough Power Station, Vine House Farm, Tour of Kings Cliffe

Summaries of talks : Opportunity Peterborough by Steve Bowyer, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery by Stuart Orme, Delivering 20,000 houses for Peterborough by 2020 by Graeme Law - City Council Planning Executive, Peterborough Environment City Trust by Hugh Cripps, Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade by Geoff Sayers

Articles: The Barracks - Lincoln Road: Plaque Unveiling by David Jost, Thomas Deacon Academy by David Jost, The Early Work of the Peterborough Society by Peter Lee and Rev Richard Paten, Joyce Purser 1918-2008 Obituary, Brian McNeill 1949-2008 Obituary, 'Hugh Candidus' - Reflections on the year by Rev Richard Paten

2007 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: Peterborough's Hidden Past by Ben Robinson, The River Nene by Peter Waszak, Role and Direction of UKCEED by Jonathan Selwyn, An Emerging Strategy by Jody Tableport - Opportunity Peterborough, A Birds Eye View of Peterborough by Peter Waszak, 25 years at Burghley House and Park by Lady Victoria Leatham, First public viewing of the Society commissioned DVD of RAF Peterborough by Keith West (Blue Slate Media) - this is available for sale on our 'For Sale' page

Article: 1947 - A Flood to Remember by Joyce Purser, I will if I can - Mrs Nan Tanqueray 1910 - 2006 by Rev Richard Paten, Arson Attack Peterborough East Loco Shed by Peter Waszak

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2006 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: Palaces and Country Houses Henry VIII to George IV by Dr Thurley, Work of a Peterborough Magistrate by Bob Vajda, Castor Handbells by Maggie Noble, Tourism in Peterborough by Linda Wills, Heraldry by Mark Tidmarsh

Article: Baker Perkins Apprentice School by Jim Deboo, The RAF Westwood Project by Peter Lee, The Vinco Cycle Company Ltd by Grace Taylor

2005 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: The Great Fen Project by Alan Bowley, Canal Culture by Derek Morris, The Town Bridge by Rev Richard Paten, Peterborough Prison by Neil Richards, The work of PECT by Sarah Fowler


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2004 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: The new planning system by Graeme Law, Prisoners by Peter Waszak, Peterborough's Bridges by Brian Keegan, Peterborough's Pubs by Stephen Williams, Friends of the Earth by Mary Edwards

Article: The demolition of the old Midland Railway lodging house by Peter Waszak

2003 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: Local war-time in Peterborough by Dr Mike Osborne, Haunts and ghosts around Peterborough by Stuart Orme, Flood risk by Tom Youdan, The Salvation Army by Paul Sibley

Article: Wansford and Stibbington - their lost industries by David Powell

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2002 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks:
UK CEED by Jonathan Selwyn, Crime and policing by Joanne Oldfield, World War I in Peterborough by Peter Waszak, Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society by Pauline Iredale, The Fens by Ernie Hall, History of Burghley House by Carolyn Crookall

2001 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: Peterborough as a Unitary Authority by Matthew Cross, The work of the magistrates court by David Turner JP, The history of pantomime by John Austen, The Ramsey Psalter by Canon Jack Higham, A history of railway hotels by Peter Waszak, The future of the railways by Stuart Francis

Articles: Farming and Peterborough by David Powell, The life of Arthur Itter.

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2000 Annual Report

Officers’ and Plans Group Reports

Summaries of talks: Werrington social history by Judy Bunten, Fenland Lighter Project by H J K Jenkins, Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival by Brian Kell, Twinning and Friendship Links by Elizabeth Storr

Articles: The Town Bridge by Richard Paten, Table Hall by David Powell

Subject to availability to request a copy of any of the Annual Reports, please contact the Secretary.

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