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Saint Kyneburga, one of the four daughters of King Paeda, was married to Alfred, Saxon King of Northumbria at the time the Saxons were being converted to Christianity in the mid 600s.

She was converted, had the marriage annulled and set up a nunnery with her sister Kyniswitha at what is now Castor.  The pair were canonized as saints in 670 and later buried in the village, although their remains were moved to Peterborough Abbey some 500 years later.

The church at Castor, on e of the oldest in the country, is the only one in Britain dedicated to St Kyneburga.

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Women in Peterborough Census

It was only after 1800 that Peterborough became a significantly populated area.

The 1801 census recorded just 3,500 people here which more than doubled to 8,763 by the 1851 census.

It had rocketed to 30,873 by the time the 1901 census was taken.

The 2001 census showed there were 156,060 people in Peterborough 3,000 more than in 1991 – with roughly 4,000 more women than men.

The city has more people aged 30 to 34 and more children under the age of four than the national average.

The figures showed that 89.71% of the population (140,003) was white, compared to 92.58% ten years earlier.

There were 6,980 Pakistanis and 2,876 Indians in the city at the time.

Age Range           Total           Males                  Females

0-4                       10240         5166                    5074

5-9                       10922         5641                    5281

10-14                   11002         5554                    5448

20-24                   9640           4731                    4909

25-29                   11405         5676                    5729

30-34                   12692         6210                    6482

35-39                   12113         5900                    6213

40-44                   10799         5305                    5494

45-49                   10039         4872                    5167

50-54                   10287         5155                    5132

55-59                   8006           3914                    4092

60-64                   6809           3381                    3428

65-69                   6372           3007                    3365

70-79                   5679           4618                    2009 2609

80-84                   3069           1194                    1875

85-89                   1609           501                      1108

90 and over         269             190                      79

Totals                   156060       76017                  80043

What is the census?

A census is a count of the population. We have had one in the UK every ten years to find out more about who we are as a nation. We ask everyone to tell us a bit about themselves to help census users decide how best to plan and deliver the everyday services we all need – like housing, education, healthcare and transport.

The census will take place on 27 March 2011 and you will receive your questionnaire in the middle of March.

You are required by law to complete the census.

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Miss Pears Almshouses

Almshouses – charitable buildings to help the poor and needy – were built on the corner of Cumbergate and Exchange Street in 1835 by the Feoffes of Peterborough, a body established in the 16th century with various public responsibilities.

They also ran a prison on the adjoining site until 1844 when a purpose built jail, now the Sessions House, was built in 1844.

The almshouses were largely rebuilt in 1903 thanks to Miss Frances Pears – the daughter of a well-known draper in the city – who left  them £5,000 for the purpose when she died in 1901.

The listed building housed Topo Gigio’s restaurant – which has no link with the current restaurant of that name – between 1982 and 1996.

1n 1999, Yates Wine Lodge showed interest in opening up there, before opting for its current site on Broadway, and shortly afterwards, Peter Boizot opened the venue as a wine bar, only to see it close on February 24, 2003. 

It is currently Harriets  Café Tearooms.



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Peterborough Ladies Football

The first record of ladies’ football in Peterborough dated back to November 9, 1934 when a team representing the city’s cinemas took on Marks and Spencer works side, in aid of the Mayor’s Unemployment Fund.

They played at Fletton United’s ground with admission 6d.

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Helen Clark

Former teacher Helen Clark (nee Dyche) was elected as Peterborough’s first Labour MP in May 1997, as Helen Brinton.

She was born in 1952, the only child of Staunch labour supports George and Phyllis, both of whom were teachers as well.

Having won the Peterborough seat she married for a second time, and held on to the seat, in the 2002 election.

One of Helen’s first major achievements was the “Home Zone”.   This area around Chaucer Road in New England, was one of the first in the country – of nine so far – to be built.  A “Home Zone” is an area in which pedestrians and cyclists have priority over cars on the roads.

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Mayors of Peterborough

Peterborough has had a mayor since 1874, when Queen Victoria granted a municipality “Charter of Incorporation” which meant Peterborough had become a city.

Most mayors serve one year in office, although some have held office for two, three or even four years.  The city first had a woman as mayor in 1939 when Lily Bryant took over.

Subsequent female mayors have been:

1939-1940           Lily Bryant

1952-1953           Mabel Wood

1955-1956           Lady (Gladys Mary) Benstead, JP

1959-1960           Maude Swift

1977-1978           Jean Barker

1980-1981           Audrey Chalmers

1988-1989           Connie Gray

1993-1994           Kathleen Coppen

1994-1995           Roberta Glenys Ewart Day (Bobbie Day)

1997-1998           Yvonne Lowndes

1998-1999           Mary Rainey, B.Ed(Hons)

2007-2008           Marion Todd

2008-2009           Patricia Nash, MBE

2009-2010           Irene Walsh

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Women of Peterborough Tour 7/2/2011

Women of Peterborough Tour 7/2/2011

What a great day today discovering the women of influence in Peterborough, over the years. It was powerfully windy, but a beautifully bright sunny day.  Our tour guide light heartedly informed us of the many influential women of their time in history. We are not normally aware of these incredible, fascinating women in our daily lives in Peterborough.

Ranging from; the good, the bad, and the ugly behaviour.  If ASBO’s were around many years ago banning drunken behaviour in the streets.  “Jack the Ripper” (allegedly) may not have got hold of Alice McKenzie in Whitechapel, London; his last victim.   Alice was known to Peterborough’s red light district in Boongate.  Also upsetting the locals in the Butchers, (where Halifax now is) when she came frequently to work and visit family; who had lived in Peterborough.  My bank is the Halifax, so I will now think of Alice whenever I go in.  As she challenges the butcher’s wife, waving sausages at her…..couldn’t do that now with health and safety laws.

If Lady Mary Wortley Montague in 1712, didn’t have an inoculation for small pox in Turkey. It may have been someone else that bought to England, and established the idea of the inoculation practice we have today; to protect us from dangerous diseases.  For me, it is a regular event each year to have the vaccination flu injection.  From the strength of her work, it was vaccinations that were introduced a few years later.  I have asthma, so any hint of a cold will hinder my breathing normally.  I will be thinking of Lady Mary Wortley Montague, when I next have my injection and the experiences she might of had to have this.

The dedication and the 24/7 selfless attitude of Florence Saunders; who set up the District Nursing Health Service, for the disadvantaged women of Boongate.  She had a passion for those who lived in the most deprived areas in Peterborough.  I too have a passion for women and their welfare; but I think I will stick to volunteering at the Women’s Centre, as Florence died quite young in her early forties.  Due to probably the very hard work and dedication she put into looking after these ladies.

It was the kindness of one lady Katherine Clayton known for her good works in Peterborough.   This brings faith, and inspiration to others.  She was motivated to raise money for her favourite queen Katherine of Aragon’s, demolished tomb in Peterborough Cathedral.  After some thoughtless Bishop, decided to break up the original marble for his conservatory flooring.  Funds were raised in a very unique way; by contacting many wealthy ladies with the same name (Katherine).  I would like to think that maybe someone would have the same respect for me if I had been in that situation.  Or at least put my ashes in an empty coffee jar.

It was very clear to me that these were incredible, fearless women that stood out from the crowd.  There were many more I haven’t mentioned. It was not easy to be a woman in times past.  Women were not encouraged to do anything other than be impeccably behaved wives, and dedicated mothers; to stay home and do some embroidery.  If you weren’t lucky to be in that life style; you were in the complete opposite and walked the streets passing your days in a haze of gin.  Bed hopping from husband to husband.

Or maybe tragically having the misfortune to just get your whole family on the wrong boat in an effort to start a new life in America.  The Sage family was the largest family with 10 children to die in the sinking of the Titanic. Having brought their ticket from the shipping company, ‘Thomas Cook’ (the original shipping company building is now a jewellers) in Peterborough.  How tragic was that.  To be of the wrong class too, if they had been in the upper classes their chances of survival would have been better.  Not a great advert for Thomas Cook, but then it wasn’t their fault the ship ran into an iceberg in the reportedly most unsinkable ship. But that’s just life for you.

I think as long as we can have a little courage, faith, hope and encourage others along the way; who knows what remarkable pathways are around the corner for any of us.

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