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Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints

All Saints church in Gainsborough has a Perpendicular medieval tower; the nave and chancel were re-built in 1736-44 in a style similar to St Martin in the Fields.

Inside there are wooden galleries and box pews. It is the largest Georgian church in the county.

Postcard, c1910

Gainsborough, Perpendicular, Georgian,
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints

The 14th century tower has a Perpendicular west window and tall bell openings.

The two vestries flanking the tower are of 1903 by G F Bodley.

February 2014

Gainsborough, All Saints church, G F Bodley
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints

The tower of All Saints is 14th century while the nave and chancel were rebuilt in classical style by Francis Smith of Warwick in 1736-44.

The high, spacious interior is flanked by Corinthian columns.

February 2014

Gainsborough, All Saints church, Francis Smith
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints

The 18th century apse has round headed windows with decorative surrounds, and a Venetian east window.

February 2014

Gainsborough, All Saints church, Venetian window
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints

View of All Saints' church from the north-west.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, All Saints church, Amcoats
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints

View of All Saints from the south-east.

postcard by Valentine, 1904

Gainsborough, All Saints church, Valentine
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints

View of All Saints from the south-west.

postcard dated 1912

Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, All Saints, Font
Gainsborough, All Saints, Font
Gainsborough, All Saints, Font

Mid C18 Marble font.

Positioned opposite the pulpit. 

DB 19 June 2018

Gainsborough, All Saints, church, font
Gainsborough, All Saints, Francis Elliott
Gainsborough, All Saints, Francis Elliott
Gainsborough, All Saints, Francis Elliott

Wall plaque north aisle. 

"A British officer, Lieutenant Elliott commanding the local Constabulary at Serenli was brutally attacked and killed along with 35 African police, 7 others were wounded, 3 deserted and some 50 villagers were also murdered.

The local warlord Abdurraham Mursaal had tricked Lieutenant Elliott into disarming his constables when they were "off duty""

See also

http://museums.bristol.gov.uk/details.php?irn=239033  

DB 19 June 2018

Gainsborough, All Saints, church, Francis Elliott, DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, JUBALAND, SERENLI, BARDERA
Gainsborough, All Saints, interior
Gainsborough, All Saints, interior
Gainsborough, All Saints, interior

View of the interior of All Saints.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, All Saints church, interior
Gainsborough, All Saints, Interior
Gainsborough, All Saints, Interior
Gainsborough, All Saints, Interior

Nave and chancel 1736-44.

"Semi-circular apse, galleries, original box pews and brass candelabrum.

Architect, Smith of Leicester"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1147378 

"It was the reordering of the church in 2003/4 that gave provision for the installation of a circular dais to match the curve of the Georgian Apse, a new nave altar, extra lighting and a complete redecoration of the building"

http://gainsboroughchurches.org/wordpress/about-us/all-saints/history/ 

DB 19 June 2018

Gainsborough, All Saints, church, Francis Smith
Gainsborough, All Saints, Interior
Gainsborough, All Saints, Interior
Gainsborough, All Saints, Interior

Organ case 1793 but extended in 1906 for a new organ.

Royal arms below post 1837.

Benefactions boards on either side of the west entrance. 

DB 19 June 2018

Gainsborough, All Saints, church
Gainsborough, All Saints, Lady Chapel
Gainsborough, All Saints, Lady Chapel
Gainsborough, All Saints, Lady Chapel

Bodley window depicting Faith, Hope & Charity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frederick_Bodley 

DB 21 August 2018

Gainsborough, All Saints, church, George Frederick Bodley, stained glass
Gainsborough, All Saints, Pulpit
Gainsborough, All Saints, Pulpit
Gainsborough, All Saints, Pulpit

By J.L.Pearson 1869.

DB 19 June 2018

Gainsborough, All Saints, Church, Pulpit, J.L.Pearson
Gainsborough, All Saints, Richard Rollett
Gainsborough, All Saints, Richard Rollett
Gainsborough, All Saints, Richard Rollett

Tombstone re-positioned inside the entrance.

"Sacred

to the Memory of

RICHARD ROLLETT

formerly Master Sail Maker of

H.M.S. the Resolution

Capn James Cook in her 2nd Voyage

round the World

Died the 20th January 1824" 

DB 19 June 2018

Gainsborough, All Saints, church, Richard Rollett, Sail Maker, HMS Resolution, Captain James Cook
Gainsborough, All Saints, Royal Arms
Gainsborough, All Saints, Royal Arms
Gainsborough, All Saints, Royal Arms

Royal arms post 1837 positioned below the organ case and above the west entrance.

DB 19 June 2018

Gainsborough, All Saints, church, royal arms
Gainsborough, Ashcroft Oil Mill
Gainsborough, Ashcroft Oil Mill
Gainsborough, Ashcroft Oil Mill

Crushing linseed and rape seed was an important industry in Gainsborough in the nineteenth century.

The Ashcroft Oil Mill, alongside the Trent, was built in 1826 with a 9-storey brick tower mill as part of the complex.

Crushing ceased here in 1942 and the buildings were demolished in 1954.

Gainsborough, Ashcroft oil mill
Gainsborough, Bridge Street
Gainsborough, Bridge Street
Gainsborough, Bridge Street

134 & 136 Bridge Street. 

"Late C18 pair of houses of basements and 3 storeys in red brick with pantile roof"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1147367 

George Eliot the novelist stayed here whilst writing "The Mill on the Floss" (1860) and many scholars believe Gainsborough to be the basis for the fictional town of St Ogg's.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainsborough,_Lincolnshire 

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Bridge Street, George Eliot
Gainsborough, Bridge Street
Gainsborough, Bridge Street
Gainsborough, Bridge Street

Plaques displayed outside the United Services Club, 136 Bridge Street.

The Delvers are an independent local history group.

"Many scholars believe Gainsborough to be the basis for the fictional town of St Ogg's in George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss (1860).

The novelist visited Gainsborough in 1859, staying in the house of a shipbuilder on Bridge Street (which survives today as the United Services Club)"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainsborough,_Lincolnshire 

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Bridge Street, George Eliot, St Ogg
Gainsborough, Canute, Silver Street
Gainsborough, Canute, Silver Street
Gainsborough, Canute, Silver Street

This pubs name is a reminder from Gainsborough's history.

"Hardly anything is known for sure of Cnut's life until the year he was part of a Scandinavian force under his father, King Sweyn, in his invasion of England in summer 1013.

It was the climax to a succession of Viking raids spread over a number of decades.

Following their landing in the Humber the kingdom fell to the Vikings quickly, and near the end of the year King Æthelred fled to Normandy, leaving Sweyn Forkbeard in possession of England.

In the winter, Forkbeard was in the process of consolidating his kingship, with Cnut left in charge of the fleet and the base of the army at Gainsborough.

On the death of Sweyn Forkbeard after a few months as king, on Candlemas (Sunday 3 February 1014), Harald succeeded him as King of Denmark, while the Vikings and the people of the Danelaw immediately elected Cnut as king in England"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cnut_the_Great 

It may be that the story of of Canute and the tide refers to the tidal bore known as the aegir on the River Trent at Gainsborough.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Canute_and_the_tide 

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Cnut the Great, public house
Gainsborough, Cemetery
Gainsborough, Cemetery
Gainsborough, Cemetery

In this view of the cemetery there seem to be a remarkable number of recent graves awaiting headstones.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, cemetery, Amcoats
Gainsborough, Cemetery Chapel
Gainsborough, Cemetery Chapel
Gainsborough, Cemetery Chapel

Gainsborough General Cemetery is situated on Cox's Hill to the east of the town centre.

The Friends of the General Cemetery have played a large role in recent work to repair headstones and 'bring to life' the careers of servicemen buried here.

PW July 2015

Gainsborough, General Cemetery
Gainsborough, Centenary Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, Centenary Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, Centenary Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ropery Road

On the corner of Ropery Road and Mercer Road.

In "Brief Details of Chapels in the Gainsborough Circuit" Revised August 1998 Sheperson & English state :- 

"Centenary Chapel, Ropery Road, was opened on the 23.3.1910 and the organ inaugurated on the 25.9.1915.

Extensive internal alterations occurred in 1994 which closed off the gallery and organ loft.

The chapel is still in use with a membership of 38"

Unfortunately the chapel closed in 1999.

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, Ropery Road, Centenary Primitive Methodist Chapel
Gainsborough, Centenary Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, Centenary Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, Centenary Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ropery Road

A second view of the chapel showing the date stone reading

"PRIMITIVE METHODIST 1910" 

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, Ropery Road, Centenary Primitive Methodist Chapel
Gainsborough, Central Signal Box
Gainsborough, Central Signal Box
Gainsborough, Central Signal Box

Railway signal box located just to the south of Gainsborough Central Station.

Pedestrian underpass seen emerging immediately to the left with the footpath leading up Pingle Hill.

DB 23 April 2019 

Gainsborough, Central Railway Signal Box
Gainsborough, Central Station
Gainsborough, Central Station
Gainsborough, Central Station

British Rail Class 144 Pacer diesel multiple unit 144004 waiting at platform 2 ready for departure to Sheffield.

"Built by British Rail Engineering Limited's, Derby Litchurch Lane Works from 1986 to 1987.

A total of 23 units were built, replacing many of the earlier first-generation "Heritage" DMUs.

Class 144 units are in service with Northern, but all units are due to be withdrawn by the end of 2019 as they do not meet new disability regulations"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_144

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, Central Station
Gainsborough, Central Station
Gainsborough, Central Station
Gainsborough, Central Station

"The station was opened by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&LR) on 2 April 1849. The opening day was a gala occasion, shops were closed and the town was full of visitors"

"The station buildings were designed by architects Weightman and Hadfield. A substantial stone frontage with full-height portico with 4 attached Roman Ionic columns and triple arcade with moulded round arches.

The MS&LR became the Great Central Railway (GCR) on 1 August 1897, which in turn amalgamated with other railways to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at the end of 1922.

The LNER inherited two stations in Gainsborough, and to distinguish them, the ex-GCR station was renamed Gainsborough Central in September 1923.

The station buildings were demolished in 1975, leaving just the two platforms and a footbridge over the two railway lines"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainsborough_Central_railway_station 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, Central Station
Gainsborough, County Court Buildings, Market Street
Gainsborough, County Court Buildings, Market Street
Gainsborough, County Court Buildings, Market Street

"Dated 1759 E Hawksmore in plaque to side"

and " Central doorway dated 1870"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063525 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The County Court house, occupying a prominent position in Market street, is a large structure of red brick, originally built for &; used as a private mansion; but subsequently purchased & re-converted by the Government: 

it now comprises a court room, offices, private room for the use of the judge, & suitable rooms for the bar & witnesses"

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, County Court Buildings
Gainsborough, County Court Buildings, Market Street
Gainsborough, County Court Buildings, Market Street
Gainsborough, County Court Buildings, Market Street

Dated 1759 E Hawksmore. 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, County Court Buildings
Gainsborough, Elswitha Hall, Caskgate Street
Gainsborough, Elswitha Hall, Caskgate Street
Gainsborough, Elswitha Hall, Caskgate Street

"C18. Substantial town house of red brick"

" The birthplace of Sir Halford J Mackinder, the geographer, 1861-1947"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063547 

Gate piers are also a listed feature.

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, Elswitha Hall, Sir Halford J Mackinder, geographer
Gainsborough, Elswitha Hall, Caskgate Street
Gainsborough, Elswitha Hall, Caskgate Street
Gainsborough, Elswitha Hall, Caskgate Street

"Sir Halford John Mackinder PC (15 February 1861 – 6 March 1947) was an English geographer, academic, politician, the first Principal of University Extension College, Reading (which became the University of Reading) and Director of the London School of Economics, who is regarded as one of the founding fathers of both geopolitics and geostrategy"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halford_Mackinder  

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, Elswitha Hall, Sir Halford J Mackinder, geographer
Gainsborough, Fanny Marshall Institute, Church Street
Gainsborough, Fanny Marshall Institute, Church Street
Gainsborough, Fanny Marshall Institute, Church Street

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The Fanny Marshall institute, for members of the Church of England, in Church street, was erected in 1896, by James Marshall esq, J.P. as a memorial to his late wife.

The premises were enlarged in 1901, and comprise library, reading room, gymnasium &c."

DB 5 February 2019

Gainsborough, Fanny Marshall Institute
Gainsborough, Fanny Marshall Institute, Church Street
Gainsborough, Fanny Marshall Institute, Church Street
Gainsborough, Fanny Marshall Institute, Church Street

More detailed view of the inscription.

DB 23 April 2019

Gainsborough, Fanny Marshall Institute, Church Street
Gainsborough, Friends (Quacker) Meeting House, Market Street
Gainsborough, Friends (Quacker) Meeting House, Market Street
Gainsborough, Friends (Quacker) Meeting House, Market Street
Gainsborough, Friends Meeting House, Quacker
Gainsborough, Gainsborough Heritage Centre, North Street
Gainsborough, Gainsborough Heritage Centre, North Street
Gainsborough, Gainsborough Heritage Centre, North Street

"Gainsborough Heritage Association is a registered charity, founded over 21 years ago in 1994.

The Association's mission is to protect, preserve and promote the towns rich and vibrant past for future generations"

https://www.gainsboroughheritage.co.uk 

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, Gainsborough Heritage Centre, North Street
Gainsborough, Gainsborough House, Parnell Street
Gainsborough, Gainsborough House, Parnell Street
Gainsborough, Gainsborough House, Parnell Street

"Prior to its usage for community welfare purposes Gainsborough House served the people of Gainsborough both as a public dispensary and later as the Yorkshire Electicity Board offices and showroom"

http://www.gainsboroughhouse.org/about-gainsborough-house/our-history 

Date stone reads 1905. 

DB 5 March 2018

Gainsborough House, Parnell Street, dispensary
Gainsborough, Gainsborough Trinity Football Club, The Northolme
Gainsborough, Gainsborough Trinity Football Club, The Northolme
Gainsborough, Gainsborough Trinity Football Club, The Northolme

"Established in 1873, the club became members of the Football League in 1893 and remained members of the Second Division until 1912, making Gainsborough one of the smallest towns in England to have had a Football League team.

They are currently members of the Northern Premier League"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainsborough_Trinity_F.C. 

DB 23 April 2019

Gainsborough, Trinity Football Club, The Northolme
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity was made redundant as a place of worship in 1974. It is now the Trinity Arts Centre.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, Holy Trinity church
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity Church Institution, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity Church Institution, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity Church Institution, Trinity Street

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1889 has this reference

"Holy Trinity Church Institution, open daily from 9 a. m. till 10 p.m. 19 Trinity street"

Pevsner comments on the "coarse, heavy Gothic".

Opened 1868? 

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Holy Trinity Church Institution, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity Schools
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity Schools
Gainsborough, Holy Trinity Schools

"The General Charity School for boys in Trinity Street (originally founded in 1784) was placed in connection with the National Society in 1847 in order to become eligible for government grants.

An Infants' National School was opened in Beckey Lane [Etherington Street?] by 1849, and moved to new premises in Trinity Street with girls as a Mixed School in August 1872.

Separate Girls' and Infants' Schools were formed at the beginning of 1878.

The management of the Holy Trinity Schools was delegated by the Gainsborough National Schools Committee to a Managing Committee, including elected parents or subscribers, from 1872 until 1903, when separate Foundation Managers were appointed.

The three schools were closed on 23 July 1930.

https://www.lincstothepast.com/GAINSBOROUGH-HOLY-TRINITY-SCHOOLS/781090.record?pt=S 

This building now in use by the Gainsborough Model Railway Society.

http://www.gainsboroughmodelrailway.co.uk/ 

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, Holy Trinity Schools, Model Railway Society
Gainsborough, John Coupland Hospital, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, John Coupland Hospital, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, John Coupland Hospital, Ropery Road

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The "John Coupland" Memorial Hospital, in Ropery road, is a building of brick with stone dressings in the Georgian style, and was erected in 1912-13 at a cost, including the site, of about £16,000, which was the gift of the late George Coupland esq. of Hemswell, Lincoln.

The building provides for 36 patients, and includes male and female wards, a children's ward and several private wards; there are also a detached laundry and lodge.

The hospital is vested in three trustees with power to form a board of governors"

DB 23 April 2019

Gainsborough, John Coupland Hospital
Gainsborough, King's Theatre, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, King's Theatre, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, King's Theatre, Trinity Street

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 stated

"The King's Theatre, in Trinity street, erected in 1885, is a structure of red brick, holding 1,200 persons"

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, King's Theatre, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, King's Theatre, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, King's Theatre, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, King's Theatre, Trinity Street

Second view of the King's Theatre.

The theatre later became a bingo club but stood empty for many years before being renovated.

https://www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk/news/work-has-begun-to-transform-the-king-s-theatre-in-gainsborough-1-8177301  

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, King's Theatre, Trinity Street
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station

"Gainsborough Lea Road railway station is one of two stations that serve the town of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, England, the other station being Gainsborough Central, which is located in the town centre.

The station is managed by East Midlands Trains and is located 14.25 miles (23 km) northwest of Lincoln Central on the A156 Lea Road in the south of the town.

The station opened in 1867 on a single line of the Great Northern Railway, who ran four trains a day from Gainsborough to Lincoln"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainsborough_Lea_Road_railway_station 

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Lea Road railway station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station

Locomotive number 66506 "Crewe Regeneration" passing through Lea Road Railway Station.

The Class 66 is a type of six-axle diesel electric freight locomotive developed in part from the Class 59, for use on the railways of the UK.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_66 

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Lea Road railway station, 66506, Crewe Regeneration
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station

The main station buildings are no longer used for railway purposes and the platforms are accessed using this elaborate walkway.

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Lea Road railway station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station
Gainsborough, Lea Road Railway Station

Station sign adjacent to Lea Road.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1889 states

"Railway Stations :- Great Northern & Great Eastern Joint, Frederick Jeffries, station master & goods agent,

Lea road Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway Station, Jsph.Whittle, station master & goods agent,

Spring grdns Omnibuses from the White Hart hotel meet all trains at the Great Northern & the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway stations"

DB 5 March 2019 

Gainsborough, Lea Road railway station
Gainsborough, Lea Road School
Gainsborough, Lea Road School
Gainsborough, Lea Road School

"Lea Road Council School was opened on 3 May 1906, replacing the Bridge Road and Hickman Street Schools.

There were initially separate Departments for Boys, Girls and Infants"

https://www.lincstothepast.com/Records/RecordDisplaySearchResults.aspx?oid=645107&mode=c&pageNo=15 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, Lea Road School
Gainsborough, Lea Road School
Gainsborough, Lea Road School
Gainsborough, Lea Road School

"In August 1930 the school was re-organised with Departments for Infants, Junior Girls and Senior Girls"

"The school became Gainsborough Lea Road County Primary School and Gainsborough Lea Road Secondary Modern School for girls c.1945.

These were re-named as Gainsborough South Secondary School and Gainsborough South County School in 1956.

The South Secondary School was closed on 16 December 1965"

"In 1993, the Gainsborough South County Infant School was merged with the Gainsborough Benjamin Adlard County Junior School, on the latter site, to form the Gainsborough Benjamin Adlard County Primary School"

https://www.lincstothepast.com/Records/RecordDisplaySearchResults.aspx?oid=645107&mode=c&pageNo=15 

The iconic building subsequently became a business centre but has now been empty for many years.

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, Lea Road School
Gainsborough, Lord Street
Gainsborough, Lord Street
Gainsborough, Lord Street

The view along Lord Street towards Market Street during the Second World War.

On the right are the chemist shop of Lawrence B Barrow (34 Lord St) and George F Coney, confectioner (36 Lord St).

M&L National Series postcard, 1943

Gainsborough, Lord Street, Lawrence Barrow, George Coney
Gainsborough, Lord Street
Gainsborough, Lord Street
Gainsborough, Lord Street

This view of Lord Street and Market Street shows Baines & Son, watchmaker (at the corner on the left) and William Longmire, clothier (second shop on the right - beyond the AA sign).

Valentine postcard, undated.

Gainsborough, Lord Street, Baines, William Longmire
Gainsborough, Lord Street, Town Hall
Gainsborough, Lord Street, Town Hall
Gainsborough, Lord Street, Town Hall

Edwardian back elevation of the old Town Hall.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The Town Hall, Market place, erected in 1892 from the designs of Messrs. Meeke and Bramall, architects, at a cost of £3,250, and enlarged in 1908 under the direction of Mr. S. Parker, borough surveyor, at a total cost of over £7000, is a structure of red brick and stone, the ground floor of which is used as a market hall, and the upper portion as a council chamber and corn exchange, it is also used for public meetings, musical entertainments &c"

Front elevation facing Market Place suffered bomb damage during the war and was rebuilt.

"The Town Hall, located in Gainsborough's 1908 town hall, is a restaurant and entertainment venue.

It was rebranded from The Sands Venue (closed 2012) after a change of ownership, and it reopened in 2016"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainsborough,_Lincolnshire  

DB 29 December 2018 

Gainsborough, Lord Street, Town Hall, Meeke and Bramall
Gainsborough, Lord Street, White Hart Hotel
Gainsborough, Lord Street, White Hart Hotel
Gainsborough, Lord Street, White Hart Hotel

"C18. Red brick, machine tiled roof"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063519 

Listed in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1885 :-

Oldham Thomas, White Hart commercial hotel, Lord street

DB 29 December 2018 

Gainsborough, Lord Street, White Hart Hotel
Gainsborough, Market Place
Gainsborough, Market Place
Gainsborough, Market Place

Gainsborough is a red brick town, important in the wool trade in Medieval times and significant when the engineers Marshall, Sons & Co thrived in the nineteenth century. For much of the twentieth century it was in decline.

The Market Place is small and unremarkable. The building in the background of this photograph is the Town Hall.

Pevsner only records "the robust Neo-Georgian National Provincial Bank, 1926 by F C R Palmer".

postcard, 1907

Gainsborough, Market Place
Gainsborough, Market Place
Gainsborough, Market Place
Gainsborough, Market Place
Undated Tuck postcard of the early 20th century.
Gainsborough, Market Place
Gainsborough, Market Place, Post Boxes
Gainsborough, Market Place, Post Boxes
Gainsborough, Market Place, Post Boxes

Elizabeth II and Edward VII pillar post boxes in Market Place, Gainsborough.

Very few Edward VII post boxes still remaining in Lincolnshire.

DB 29 December 2018 

Gainsborough, Market Place, post box
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works

The frontage of Marshalls' Britannia Works on Beaumont Street, Gainsborough, an outstanding example of a Victorian engineering works.

Most of the site has now been developed as a retail park.

Gainsborough, Britannia,
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works

"Engineering Works, built as a Steam Traction Engine Works for Marshalls and Sons Co Ltd, from 1848 onwards"

"elaborate round arch topped by a parapet and crowned by a statue of Britannia"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1253202 

Most of the site has now been developed as a retail park. 

DB 21 August 2018

Gainsborough, Britannia Works, Marshalls and Sons Co
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works, X-class Submarine
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works, X-class Submarine
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works, X-class Submarine

Blue plaque commissioned by Marshall's Yard shopping centre which now occupies the site of Britannia Works.

"HM MIDGET SUBMARINE X24 (HMS EXPEDITIOUS). This plaque is to commemorate the building of HM Submarine X24 on this site in 1943 by Marshall Ltd, Gainsborough, the crews that manned her & the two successful operations conducted in Bergen, Norway against the German ship BARENFELS & the U-BOAT FLOATING DOCK"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-class_submarine 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, Marshalls Yard, X-class Submarine
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers

William Marshall set up his Gainsborough engineering firm in 1848.

It moved in 1856 to a site on Beaumont Street near the station.

The works eventually occupied 28 acres (12 Ha) and in the early 1900s, at the time of this photograph, the firm employed over 3500 men.

Gainsborough had a population of about 19,000 at the time and was dominated by the works.

Gainsborough, Marshall Son & Co, workers, Beaumont Street
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers

This scene of Marshall workers leaving the factory was taken in about 1910.

At the time, a product for sale at home and abroad was the threshing machine. The steam engine - a major part of Marshalls' output - had been largely superseded by the diesel engine.

Marshalls' became an important maker of diesel-powered agricultural tractors in the twentieth century.

Gainsborough, Marshall Sons & co, workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' works
Gainsborough, Marshalls' works
Gainsborough, Marshalls' works

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?


Gainsborough,Marshalls works
Gainsborough, Martin's Oil Mill
Gainsborough, Martin's Oil Mill
Gainsborough, Martin's Oil Mill

This eighteenth century print depicts Luke Martin’s oil mill, i.e. a mill for crushing linseed to extract oil.

The location is on the high ground to the east of the town centre, with the parish church and Old Hall in the foreground.

The tower mill appears to have four common sails and a rounded cap winded by a braced tailpole.

Print, 1747

Gainsborough, Luke Martin's oil mill
Gainsborough, Methodist Church
Gainsborough, Methodist Church
Gainsborough, Methodist Church

Gainsborough’s Methodist Church was built in 1968 on the site of the former Wesley Chapel in North Street.

It was known as St Stephen’s Methodist Church until 1999. The interior of the church was refurbished in 2006.

November 2017

Gainsborough, Methodist Church, St Stephen
Gainsborough, Methodist Church
Gainsborough, Methodist Church
Gainsborough, Methodist Church

"Saint Stephen's, built on the site of the old Wesley Chapel, North Street, in 1968, was re-named Gainsborough Methodist Church in 1999"

https://www.lincstothepast.com/Gainsborough-Methodist-Church/816965.record?pt=S 

DB 19 June 2018 

Gainsborough, Methodist Church, Saint Stephen's
Gainsborough, Methodist Church
Gainsborough, Methodist Church
Gainsborough, Methodist Church

In "Brief Details of Chapels in the Gainsborough Circuit" Revised August 1998 Sheperson & English state :-

"Wesley chapel was opened on the 3.6 1804 in North Street/Spital Terrace and the Sunday school added in 1853.

A new organ was opened on the 13.9.1899

The last service was held on the 21.1.1962 when the Society joined with that at Trinity.

The new combined Society, named Central, worshiped at Trinity until the Wesley chapel had been demolished in 1966, the site cleared and a new church, St Stephen's, had been built.

The stonelaying for the new church had occurred in 1967 and the opening took place on the 5.4.1968.

St Stephen's is still in use with a membership of 75"

DB 29 December 2018

Gainsborough, Methodist Church, Saint Stephen's, Wesley chapel
Gainsborough, Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace
Gainsborough, Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace
Gainsborough, Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace

"The building of the present railway commenced in 1953, and has now become one of the largest 'O' gauge model railways of its kind in the country.

Based on the East Coast Main Line from London Kings Cross to Leeds Central, the railway covers 2500 square feet, has over 1200 feet of main line track and needs ten operators"

http://www.gainsboroughmodelrailway.co.uk/index.html 

Building was formerly part of the Holy Trinity Schools which closed on 23 July 1930.

https://www.lincstothepast.com/GAINSBOROUGH-HOLY-TRINITY-SCHOOLS/781090.record?pt=S 

DB 27 December 2014

Gainsborough, Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace, Holy Trinity Schools
Gainsborough, Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace
Gainsborough, Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace
Gainsborough, Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace

'O' gauge model of London King's Cross railway station.

http://www.gainsboroughmodelrailway.co.uk/index.html 

DB 27 December 2014

Gainsborough, Model Railway Society, Florence Terrace, London King's Cross
Gainsborough, North Warren Dissenters Cemetery, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, North Warren Dissenters Cemetery, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, North Warren Dissenters Cemetery, Ropery Road

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :-

"GAINSBOROUGH CEMETERY, more than half-a-mile north of the town, is the property of a company of shareholders, mostly Dissenters.

It comprises four acres, and was opened in 1846.

Mr. T.C. Wholey is the secretary"

DB 23 April 2019

Gainsborough, North Warren Dissenters Cemetery, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, North Warren Dissenters Cemetery, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, North Warren Dissenters Cemetery, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, North Warren Dissenters Cemetery, Ropery Road

OS 25 inch map published 1947 shows a "Mortuary Chapel (General)" in the center of the cemetery however this has now been demolished.

DB 23 April 2019

Gainsborough, North Warren Dissenters Cemetery, Ropery Road
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall

Described by English Heritage as ‘among the biggest and best preserved medieval manor houses in England’, Gainsborough Old Hall was built in the late 15th century for the de Burgh family.

The brick building has three ranges, the grand Great Hall with its timber frame and massive timber roof occupying the central range.

Also impressive is the kitchen with its huge ovens and fireplaces.

See: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Undated postcard

Gainsborough, Old Hall, de Burgh
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall

View of the Old Hall from the east (front).

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, old hall, Amcoats
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall

View of the Old Hall from the north.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall

View of the Old Hall from the south-east.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall

View of the Old Hall from the south.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall

View of the Old Hall from the south-west.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall

View of the Old Hall from the north-east.

undated postcard by Valentine

Gainsborough, Old Hall, Valentine
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall
Gainsborough, Old Hall

Aerial view of the Old Hall frojm the north-east.

The medieval kitchen is the block in the right foreground.

undated postcard

Gainsborough, Old Hall, kitchen
Gainsborough, Old Hall, corn exchange
Gainsborough, Old Hall, corn exchange
Gainsborough, Old Hall, corn exchange

The interior of the great hall at the Old Hall. It was in use as the town's corn exchange at this time.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, Old Hall, Corn exchange
Gainsborough, Old Hall, kitchen
Gainsborough, Old Hall, kitchen
Gainsborough, Old Hall, kitchen

The medieval kitchen at the Old Hall has been little changed over the centuries.

undated postcard

Gainsborough, Old Hall, kitchen
Gainsborough, Old Nick Theatre, Spring Gardens
Gainsborough, Old Nick Theatre, Spring Gardens
Gainsborough, Old Nick Theatre, Spring Gardens

The old Police Station and Magistrates Court, built 1860, now being used as a Theatre and police museum.

http://www.gainsboroughtheatrecompany.com/index.htm 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1885 stated 

"The police station is in Spring gardens.

Here are held weekly the petty sessions, and special sessions.

The police staff is composed of superintendent, sergeants and thirty constables.

One superintendent, one inspector, and two sergeants, and seven constables are stationed at Gainsborough, and there is a constable at each of the following places :- Morton, Marton, Corringham, Willoughton, Scottar, East Stockwith, and there is a sergeant at Kirton-Lindsey"

DB 15 April 2014

Gainsborough, Old Nick Theatre & Museum, Spring Gardens
Gainsborough, Packet Wharf
Gainsborough, Packet Wharf
Gainsborough, Packet Wharf

The packet wharf on the Trent at Gainsborough.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, packet wharf
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill

This is Pickwell Mill, one of three tower mills that once stood on Spital Hill.

It dates from the late eighteenth century and had supplementary machinery for cleaning wheat, dressing flour and making oatmeal.

Milling ceased here in 1927 but the tower survives.

postcard by Triangle, Halifax, from David Robinson Collection, undated

Gainsborough, Pickwell Mill, Spital Hill
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (1)
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (1)
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (1)

An early five-sailed mill with six-storey tower on Spital Hill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Gainsborough, Spital Hill Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (2)
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (2)
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (2)

Milling ceased here in 1927 and the sails were removed.

Location of mill: SK 822 904

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Gainsborough, Spital Hill Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Gainsborough, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Gainsborough, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Gainsborough, Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in Beaumont Street in 1877. It is described by Pevsner as 'debased Frenchy-Italian'.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, Primitive Methodist chapel
Gainsborough, Railway Bridge
Gainsborough, Railway Bridge
Gainsborough, Railway Bridge

This bridge across the Trent was built in 1848/49 by John Fowler for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway to carry the line from Grimsby to Sheffield.  It was later shared with the GNR line from Lincoln to Doncaster.

The two main spans of this bridge are tubular wrought iron girders of rectangular section, one of the earliest examples of such a structure.

The bridge was rebuilt in the early 1990s.

Photograph 1970

Gainsborough, railway bridge, John Fowler
Gainsborough, Riverside
Gainsborough, Riverside
Gainsborough, Riverside

This view of riverside a wharf and warehouses is taken from the Trent looking east towards the town.

undated postcard, photograph by G Brocklehurst.

Gainsborough, river side trent, G Brocklehurst
Gainsborough, Salvation Army, Beaumont Street
Gainsborough, Salvation Army, Beaumont Street
Gainsborough, Salvation Army, Beaumont Street

Reported in the Gainsborough Standard on 19 December 2011 that 

"A NEWSPAPER report announcing the arrival of the Salvation Army in Gainsborough 125 years ago declared that, after parading through the town, church leaders ‘opened fire’ in the Albert Hall.

It was using the military language associated with the church whose officers wear uniform and are given army rankings.

It was on 28th November 1886 that the Salvation Army began Sunday services at the Albert Hall, which it had rented for six months.

https://www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk/news/125-years-of-salvation-army-1-4061379 

DB 21 August 2018

Gainsborough, Salvation Army
Gainsborough, St Thomas, Roman Catholic Church
Gainsborough, St Thomas, Roman Catholic Church
Gainsborough, St Thomas, Roman Catholic Church

Roman Catholic Church of St Thomas of Canterbury.

"The foundations of St Thomas' Church were laid in 1866 and the church was formally opened on the 27th May 1868"

https://www.stthomasgainsborough.co.uk/history 

"1865-8. Architect, M E Hadfield and Son"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063514 

DB 18 June 2018

Gainsborough, St Thomas of Canterbury, Roman Catholic, Church
Gainsborough, St Thomas, Roman Catholic Presbytery
Gainsborough, St Thomas, Roman Catholic Presbytery
Gainsborough, St Thomas, Roman Catholic Presbytery

Located next to the church mid way along Cross Street.

"Similar date and style to Church"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063515 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, St Thomas of Canterbury, Roman Catholic, Presbytery
Gainsborough, St John (Slumgothic x-Church)
Gainsborough, St John (Slumgothic x-Church)
Gainsborough, St John (Slumgothic x-Church)

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"St. John the Divine's is an ecclesiastical parish, formed Dec. 29th, 1882; the church, erected in 1881-2, at a cost of £5,422, and opened on Thursday, the 6th of May, 1882, is of red brick, with Ancaster stone dressings, in the Gothic style of the 15th century, from designs by Somers Clarke esq. F.S.A. and J. T. Micklethwaite esq. F.S.,A. and consists of Chancel and nave of six bays, completed in 1902, at a cost of £3,383, one third of which was contributed by Sir Hickman Beckett Bacon bart. of Thonock Hall:

there are 800 sittings"

"Marcus Hammond bought the building in 2005 and formed the not for profit company Slumgothic Ltd in 2006.

Slumgothic derives from 'Slum Gothic', a characterisation of an architectural style that built spiritually aspirational (gothic) buildings with humble materials (brick).

These churches were always built in poor areas and there are many in the east end of London.

Slumgothic runs x-church as a 'space where things can happen.' x-church is an ex church and has no affiliation with any religious body"

http://www.slumgothic.co.uk/?page=x-church/x-church 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, Saint John, Church, Slumgothic x-Church
Gainsborough, St John, interior
Gainsborough, St John, interior
Gainsborough, St John, interior

The church of St John the Divine in Ashcroft Road was built by Somers Clarke & Micklethwaite in 1881-82. and enlarged in 1902.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, St John church, interior
Gainsborough, St John, School
Gainsborough, St John, School
Gainsborough, St John, School

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"St. John's, St. John's terrace, boys' school erected in 1883, for 184; girls' & infants', erected in 1887, for 150 girls & as many infants; Richard Judson, master; Mrs. A. Webb, girls' mistress; Miss G. Spencer, infants' mistress"

This is the building on Strafford Street erected in 1887. 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, Saint John, School
Gainsborough, St John, Vicarage
Gainsborough, St John, Vicarage
Gainsborough, St John, Vicarage

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £294, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Lincoln, and held since 1912 by the Rev. Patrick Andrew Clay M.A. of Keble College, Oxford"

Now divided into flats. 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, Saint John, Vicarage
Gainsborough, State Cinema, Church Street
Gainsborough, State Cinema, Church Street
Gainsborough, State Cinema, Church Street

Former State Cinema which opened 17th June 1940 with Marlene Dietrich in "Destry Rides Again".

Closed as a cinema in 1973. 

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/23863 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, State Club, State Cinema
Gainsborough, Sweyn Forkbeard, Public House, Silver Street
Gainsborough, Sweyn Forkbeard, Public House, Silver Street
Gainsborough, Sweyn Forkbeard, Public House, Silver Street

This pub's name is a reminder that Gainsborough was briefly the capital of England.

Sweyn was declared King of England on Christmas Day 1013 and was based in Gainsborough.

He died in Gainsborough on 3 February 1014 having ruled England for only five weeks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweyn_Forkbeard

DB 19 August 2014

Gainsborough, Sweyn Forkbeard, Public House, King, Silver Street
Gainsborough, Temperance Hall (Fanny Craven Hall), Spital Terrace
Gainsborough, Temperance Hall (Fanny Craven Hall), Spital Terrace
Gainsborough, Temperance Hall (Fanny Craven Hall), Spital Terrace

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1885 states

"The Temperance Hall, erected by subscription in 1871, at a cost of £1,500, is a substantial red brick building, situate in Spital Terrace :

it is a commodious and well-arranged structure, and has two large rooms, one of which, the Hall, will seat 750 people; it has a gallery, also a stage with retiring rooms, to which a private entrance gives access :

at the front of the building, over the principal entrance, is a lecture room (wherein the Good Templars hold their meetings), capable of accommodating 750 people:

during the winter session courses of lectures are given in the Hall:

it is also for general public meetings, musical and other entertainments"

Now used by St John Ambulance, Gainsborough Unit.

Who was Fanny Craven?

DB 19 June 2018

St John Ambulance, Fanny Craven, temperance, Hall, spital terrace
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge

This fine three-span ashlar masonry bridge was designed by William Weston in 1790.

The stone balustrades shown here were replaced by steel railings when cantilevered footpaths were added in 1964.

It was freed from tolls in 1932.

1930s photograph

Gainsborough, Trent Bridge, William Weston, tolls
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge

View of the bridge from the north-west (Nottinghamshire) bank.

The two tollbooth structures can be seen either side of the road on the Lincolnshire side of the bridge (to the left).

Jay-em-Jay postcard, c.1920

Gainsborough, Trent bridge, toll booth
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge
Gainsborough, Trent Bridge

"GAINSBOROUGH BRIDGE.

ERECTED 1791. PURCHASED OCT.1927 FOR £130,000. DECLARED FREE FROM TOLLS MARCH, 1932. BY P.J.PYBUS ESQ., C.B.E., M.P., MINISTER OF TRANSPORT"

Sir Percy John Pybus, 1st Baronet, CBE (25 January 1880 – 23 October 1935) was a British Liberal Party politician"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pybus 

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Trent Bridge, Pybus
Gainsborough, Unitarian Chapel,Trinity Street
Gainsborough, Unitarian Chapel,Trinity Street
Gainsborough, Unitarian Chapel,Trinity Street

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 refers to a Unitarian Chapel

"the Unitarian chapel in Beaumont street, founded in 1688" with 200 sittings.

See also

http://www.gainsborough-united-reformed-church.org.uk/public/separatist.php 

DB 5 March 2019

Gainsborough, Unitarian Chapel,Trinity Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church (Robinson Memorial Cong'l Church)
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church (Robinson Memorial Cong'l Church)
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church (Robinson Memorial Cong'l Church)

Opened for worship on 9th June 1897 as a Congregational Church.

Became part of the United Reformed Church 5th October 1972.

Interesting and informative history available via the church website :-

http://www.gainsborough-united-reformed-church.org.uk/public/buildings.php 

DB 25 November 2017

Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Congregational
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street

Looking west towards the sanctuary area and organ.

Impressive organ 1903 by Foster & Andrews of Hull.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forster_and_Andrews

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Congregational
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street

More detailed view of the sanctuary area.

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Congregational
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street

Modern font given April 1962.

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Congregational
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street

The new church including the site cost £9000 of which £1000 was given by Americans. 

http://www.gainsborough-united-reformed-church.org.uk/public/buildings.php 

"ERECTED BY THE MEMBERS OF THIS CHURCH IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE REV. GEO. R.W. SCOTT, D.D., PH.D, OF NEWTON, MASS., U.S.A. WHO DIED IN BERLIN ON SEPT. 13TH 1902. 

HE OFFICIALLY REPRESENTED THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AT THE TERCENTENARY CELEBRATION OF THIS CHURCH ON JUNE 11TH 1902, AND BROUGHT FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION COLLECTED BY HIMSELF, TO THE BUILDING FUND"

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Congregational
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street

"The church was erected as a memorial to John Robinson, sometimes known as "the Pastor to the Pilgrim Fathers.”

He was born nearby at Sturton-le-Steeple in 1575 or 1576.

He was hugely instrumental in preparing for the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers, a group of Separatists, who settled in Plymouth Colony in the U.S. in 1620"

http://www.gainsborough-united-reformed-church.org.uk/public/ourpremises.php 

See also

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Robinson_(pastor) 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Congregational, John Robinson
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street
Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street

Foundation stone laid by the Honourable T.F Bayard, American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, on 29th June 1896.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_F._Bayard 

DB 18 June 2019

Gainsborough, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Congregational
Gainsborough, view from cemetery
Gainsborough, view from cemetery
Gainsborough, view from cemetery

In this view from the cemetery All Saints' Church is seen to the right and Marshalls' works in the left foreground.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?

 

Gainsborough, cemetery
Gainsborough, War Memorial
Gainsborough, War Memorial
Gainsborough, War Memorial

"IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS TOWN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 AND IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945 THEIR NAMES WILL LIVE FOR EVER"

Gainsborough Old Hall visible in the background. 

DB 19 June 2018

Gainsborough, War Memorial
Gainsborough, Water Tower
Gainsborough, Water Tower
Gainsborough, Water Tower

The water tower on Cox's Hill (or Summer Hill), Gainsborough, was erected in 1897.

A memorial tablet alongside gives full details.

It provided a water supply to the upper part of the town which could not be served by the adjacent service reservoirs.

It was superseded by the Ash Grove water tower.

Postcard, 1906

 

Gainsborough, water,
Gainsborough, Waterfront
Gainsborough, Waterfront
Gainsborough, Waterfront

The Ambience from Rochester passes ‘The Mill on the Floss’ site shortly later arriving with a cargo of grain at Spiller’s, the furthest inland point on the Trent reached by sea-going vessels.

Photograph, Aug 1972

Gainsborough, Trent, Ambience, Mill on the Floss, Spiller
Gainsborough, Waterfront
Gainsborough, Waterfront
Gainsborough, Waterfront

The coaster Eloquence of the London and Rochester Trading Company at Spiller’s factory, Gainsborough.

Photograph, April 1972

Gainsborough, Eloquence, London Rochester Trading Company, Spiller
Gainsborough, Waterfront
Gainsborough, Waterfront
Gainsborough, Waterfront

The Gainsborough waterfront – the ships are the Faience at Whitton’s and the Osterbrucke from Hamburg at Furley’s.

Photograph, August 1972

Gainsborough, Faience, Osterbrucke, Furley's
Gainsborough, Waterfront
Gainsborough, Waterfront
Gainsborough, Waterfront

Typical of the small European coasters which traded with Gainsborough, the Schlei from Flensburg (West Germany) is photographed at Whittons.

Photograph, February 1971

Gainsborough, Schlei, Flensburg, Whitton
Gainsborough, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Gainsborough, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Gainsborough, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Beaumont Street and Roseway was built in 1804.

From the Album of Gainsboro’ Views published by Amcoats & Co, Booksellers, Stationers & Printers, Lord Street, Gainsborough, c.1900?


Gainsborough, Wesleyan Methodist chapel
Gainsborough, White Horse, Silver Street
Gainsborough, White Horse, Silver Street
Gainsborough, White Horse, Silver Street

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 lists the White Horse along with many other Inns & Taverns :-

Angel, Wm. Sprintall, Silver street

Black Bull, Jas. Newbould, Lord st

Black Horse> Jno. Watson, Bridge st

Black's Head, Sar. Burton, Market pl

Boar's Head, Saml. Hurt, Lord st

Bridge Inn, Wm. Carter, Bridge st

Brown Cow, Jas. Drakefield, Silver st

Cross Keys, John Brown, Bridge st

Crown, George Wagstaff, Trent side

Crown and Anchor, Samuel Newton, Bridge street

Drover's Call, John Hewitt, Lea rd

Freemason's Tavern, Jno. Sanderson, Church street

Friendship, Jph. Betterson, Church st

Green Dragon, Hickson Brooke (and horse breaker) Church street

Half Moon, Benj. Box, Hickman st

Horse and Groom, Wm. Revill, Beaumont street

Horse and Jockey, Robert Barnett, (and poor rate colr.) Church st

King's Arms, Geo. Parker, Market st

Lamb, John Daley, Market place

Lord Nelson, Wm. Spindley, Silver st

Marquis of Granby, Mildred Chester, Market street

Neptune, Eliz. Row, Bridge street

Newcastle Arms, Thomas Fell, Caskgate street

Ostrich, Thomas Parkin, Bridge st

Peacock, John Smith, Market st

Plough, Robert Travis, Church st

Queen's Arms, John Long, Bridge st

Railway Refreshment Rooms, Edw. Frith, Station

Saracen's Head, Thos. Carter, Silver st

Seven Stars, Thos. Martin (bird, &c., preserver) Caskgate street

Ship, Thomas Newton, Bridge st

Ship Inn, Robert Travis, Silver st

Sun, James Barker, Market st

Tiger, Sarah Oates, Lord street

Trent Port Inn, Sar. Eliz. Capes

Turk's Head, Jno. Warriner, Bridge st

White Hart Hotel, Jas. Parker, Lord st

White Horse, Jas. Wright, Silver st

White Lion, John Herratt, Lord st

White Swan, Thos. Layne, Silver st

William IV., Ann Spray, Mart yard

Windmill, Jas. Pettinger, Bridge st

Woolpack, George Hallam, Lord st

Yarborough Arms, Thos. Harpham, (posting) Church street 

Additionally 14 Beerhouses also listed. 

DB 23 April 2019

Gainsborough, White Horse, Silver Street, Public House