Peterborough Road, SM5

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Peterborough Cathedral in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was founded by Peada, son of King Penda of Mercia, and completed by Peada’s brother Wulfhere in about AD655. It is dedicated to St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew and was of the first centres of Christianity in Europe. Bede says the site of the original monastery was known as Medeshamstedi but, having been sacked by Vikings in the 9thCentury, it was rebuilt and renamed Burg, meaning fortified town. It was first noted in its modern form Petreburgh in 1333. By 1588 it was Peterborough. Despite a major rebuild in the 12thCentury and many subsequent restorations the abbey has remained largely intact making it one of the most important buildings from the period in England. It was closed in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and in 1541 became a cathedral. Like many of the roads on the St Helier’s estate this is named after British monasteries and abbeys in remembrance of the area’s historic ownership by Westminster Abbey. The road names are in alphabetical order, of which Aberconway Road in the north west of the estate is first.

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