Paine & Co. Building – St.Neots Market Square


This is the frontage of Paine & Co Ltd, brewers, millers and maltsters who also
owned the mill and maltings in Bedford street. This is a scene from the 1950s or 60s
and is probably a works outing for the employees and their families. The coaches are
from the fleets of Safford’s and Robinson’s, both of which are still trading. paine2

The scene today is very little changed. Through the centre archway and to the right was The Bull Inn which ceased to be a public house in the 1970s.

On the left through the archway was the Tun Room, where the ale could be tasted straight from the barrel – very nice too.

The green-fronted property to the right of the archway was once a bank, and on 9th July 1829 was the scene of the famous St Neots bank robbery. Two men got away with a total of £8,000 in total, including a single Bank of England bank note for £500, which would be a huge amount of money on its own at today’s values.





Another shot of the front, around 1910

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The interior of one of the flats the Building’s upper floors have been changed into.




The view From St.Mary’s Church – St.Neots


This is the view from the church tower looking north in 1910 when Paine’s new mill, seen in the background behind the spire of the Congregational Church, was freshly built. It is interesting that the Paine’s mill tower, the church spire, and St Mary’s church tower from which the photograph is taken are perfectly aligned. Design or accident? The Congregational church was opened in 1888, a stone near the entrance reading, “This stone was laid by James Paine Deacon of this church June 19th 1888.” The twin towers of the Weslyan chapel in Huntingdon Street can be seen on the right, and these have gone in the later picture.

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In the modern view, the spire and tower are not quite lined up, so this shot must have been taken from the opposite side of St Mary’s tower. In the distance is the Common and Little Paxton.


This photograph is held in St Neots Museum – Ref SNEMU image 05166. There are two tall chimneys indicating industrial buildings. – St. Neots Archive

“St. Mary’s church in 1992. Behind the tyre depot both the Tebbutt’s wood yard and the Sheers ladies wear factory areas have both been built over with residential developments. Now ATS have departed and change will come again to this corner of Brookside.” –  About My Area

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St Neots Library building opened in January 1985


The new St Neots Library when it was first opened in 1985 – shown on the July 1985 front cover of New Library World – St.Neots Archive 

And Just before the refit in 2010:


The desk for handing books in at the St Neots library in November 2010, before being refitted  – St.Neots Archive 

Train in the St Neots childrens library in November 2010, before being repainted during the refitting of the library –  St.Neots Archive


Rusty Readalot with his new paint job – St.Neots People









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