Bradburn, Thomas

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Bradburn, Thomas

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        Thomas Bradburn was a local land holder and businessman who commissioned John E. Belcher to built the Bradburn Opera House, which opened in 1876. It was a white brick, four storey building containing an arcade, stores, municipal offices, council chamber, a large public hall and a turret with four faced town clock. The building was demolished in 1974 for the Peterborough Square development. John E. Belcher (b. 1834) was an architect, civil engineer, and surveyor. Born in Cork, Ireland, Belcher arrived in Peterborough in 1869 and opened a architectural firm that spanned almost forty years. Belcher designed countless fine homes and summer cottages throughout the region. Belcher will also be remembered for the commercial and public buildings he designed. In addition to the Market Hall and Clock Tower, he designed several other important local landmarks. For several decades Belcher was county engineer. In the early 1890's he was appointed town engineer for Peterborough.

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        Bradburn family (1850-1990)

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