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Historical Peterborough

Today's highly productive agricultural landscape bears no resemblance to the Fens of pre-historic and medieval times. The city too has changed enormously, only with the flourishing of the abbey did a town develop at Peterborough and the last two centuries have seen its extraordinary growth.

Yet traces of the past remain, captured as facts and figures in the archives, objects in the museums, and stories handed down through the generations.  History is etched into the fabric of the buildings, the courses of hedges, roads and rivers, and lies buried beneath our feet. Here is evidence of human endeavour over thousands of years. The information in these pages has been kindly provided by Peterborough Museum and is taken from the book "Peterborough, A Story of City and Country, People and Places" which is available to buy from the museum at a cost of £2.00 per copy.

Contact details

  • Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
  • Telephone (01733) 343329
  • Fax (01733) 341928
  • email museum@peterborough.gov.uk