Thursday, October 12, 2006

International Malls: Queensgate Shopping Centre

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England - circa early '80s

believe this mall opened in 1982, and is located in the city of Peterborough, which is in Cambridgeshire, England (about 90 miles north of London). Hey, wherever the heck it is, it looks nice to me in this postcard.

Current website: here
Previous entries: none


Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

The kind of malls us Americans didn't know existed back then in merry olde England!

Thu Oct 12, 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Now that's a lovely mall. Wide open spaces and funky ceiling ornamentation. Is it still there? How can a mall not have a Web site?

Thu Oct 12, 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

For some reason, the British malls featured in these pages always have a certain brutalist look with what looks like massive concrete walls. Almost as if they wanted the malls to double as bomb shelters, should the need ever arise.

By the way, it does have a website at
so it apparently still exists. Anchored by Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, it seems.

Thu Oct 12, 05:48:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Oops, here's a clickable link:

Thu Oct 12, 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Ha ha, Cora, you kill me.
Now that I see their Website, it's just a tiny thing.

Thu Oct 12, 07:05:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Guys, I listed their "current website" (which also denotes that they're still around) in the entry, with this same link in there. :)

Thu Oct 12, 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Hey Cora,

Did you use brackets over "url" to make that web address clickable?

Fri Oct 13, 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

I agree with Cora. The British malls we have seen featured so far look a bit cold and calulating in a bomb shelter sort of way. I think that is why I am not feeling it.

Fri Oct 13, 05:08:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

I used the standard "a href" html-tag in brackets, and it produces a nice clickable link.

My personal experience with British malls (spent one semester at university in London) does not quite match the concrete block look seen in these pages so far. The only British mall remotely similar in style that I visited was a relatively old one in Croydon, which was one of the first malls in Britain ever. The other London area malls, Brent Cross, Harrow Centre, etc... were a bit more subdued in their design than their US counterparts, but nowhere near the bomb shelter chic of this place. Watford, a town just northwest of London, finally had a spanking new and very pretty mall.

Fri Oct 13, 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger Kangoon said...

Oh man, did you check out the pictures of this place? Look in the media section of their web site!
Look at the upper walls and the ceilings! I think that is where the storm troopers from Star Wars were born!

Sat Oct 14, 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My parents took me to this mall on a regular basis from 1983-1985. It had a really cheesy neon decoration which was my favorite part of the mall. When I visited it again in 2005, the decoration was gone. I was so bummed.

Sun Oct 15, 07:37:00 AM  

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