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A photographic celebration of the open spaces of Dogsthorpe

The second of our photographic strolls in Peterborough with the city's civic society, this time concentrating on the green spaces of Dogsthorpe.

Our tour guide on an overcast evening was Toby Wood, who believes that looking forward and celebrating today can often be more beneficial, but there are still elements of yesteryear that could provide guidance for today.

Dogsthorpe as we know it now was built in the 1940s and 50s - it had formerly been named Dodsthorpe and other variations, possibly named after Dodds, a local landowner.

It became a very important part of the city's relationships with Perkins as a large number of employees lived here. 

We started at Eastfield Cemetery, before passing through Central Avenue, Welland Road and Eastern Avenue, and some of Dogsthorpe estates and open areas.

Toby, whose words are in the captions, said: "I want to celebrate Dogsthorpe because it's much maligned. It has a lot of open spaces, green spaces, and they need to be celebrated within that. Nearly every part is named after trees - birch, olive, maple, lilac, ash, and so on.

"Also, ever since Dogsthorpe was built there is a really good transport service. I live in Newark Avenue and can go straight into town, or the football ground.

"At the far end of Welland Road was the Dogsthorpe brick works. When I was a child you could go from Peterborough East Station, which was at Fletton Quays, past the brickworks and all the way to the north Norfolk coast by rail. It was a time when Peterborough had two stations of course. 

"There are lessons for planning, and those thinking of developing areas, that can be seen here. I know you might not get as much land, but there are certain layers and layouts that work well. 

"Dogsthorpe shows off the space people had in the 1950s - I think it's a real shame many of the houses were sold off, because it would be a great way of managing the housing stock."

Below is the end of the tour - two comparisons at the corners of Welland Road and St Paul's Road, near the terminus of where trams would travel from Peterborough city centre.

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