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Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel

This view looking south along High Street includes the historic Angel and Royal Hotel in the left foreground.

Originally the Angel Inn, the hotel is the oldest secular building in Grantham – possibly as early as 1200.

In the yard behind the façade are stables and outbuildings surviving from the coaching days of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Undated postcard

Grantham, stables, coaching, 1200,
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel

Originally the Angel Inn, the Angel and Royal Hotel is the oldest secular building in Grantham – possibly as early as 1200.

In the yard behind the façade are stables and outbuildings surviving from the coaching days of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Grantham, Angel & Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel

The gatehouse of this inn dates from the mid-C15th. Richard III held Court here in October 1483 receiving the Great Seal which had been sent for from London.

These events took place in the King's Room on the first floor of the building which has an oriel window looking across into the Market Place.

The Great Seal was used to sign the warrant for the execution of his cousin and former ally the Duke of Buckingham.  Charles I held Court here in 1633.

The inn was acquired by the Cust family who extended it in about 1776  with a four-storey north range some 14 bays long to cater for coach travellers on the Great North Road as well as visitors to the Belvoir Hunt

postcard by Whipple of Grantham, 1903

Grantham, angel and Royal inn hotel, Cust, King Charles I
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel

"carriageway on right with well-carved demi- angel corbel above supporting oriel window"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062486 

Hotel's website states

"the Kings Room was where Richard III held court in 1483, this visit led to the golden angel being added to the front of the building above the archway"

https://www.angelandroyal.co.uk/food/kings-room 

DB 11 March 2017 

Grantham, Angel & Royal, Hotel, demi-angel corbel
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel, King's Room
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel, King's Room
Grantham, Angel and Royal Hotel, King's Room

King's Room now used as a dining room.

"The "Chambre de' Roi", Richard III's room for his stay at the inn, covers the whole of the first floor with the two mullioned bay windows for both ground and first floors at either end"

"On 19 October 1483 Richard III held court at the inn. It was from the "Chambre de' Roi" that he sent a letter requesting for the Great Seal to issue the death warrant against his cousin, Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham for his instigation of Buckingham's rebellion"

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

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Angel & Royal, Hotel, Inn, La Chambre le Roi, Kings Room, Richard III
Grantham, Avenue Road
Grantham, Avenue Road
Grantham, Avenue Road

George Whipple*, producer of this postcard series, would have travelled into the town centre along this pleasant Avenue.

It was built as part of a planned scheme of new houses and roads between Castlegate and the River Witham following the sale of a large late Georgian house called Cheney House in the late 1860s.

A new Congregational Church was built at the corner of Avenue Road and Castlegate and this was opened on 13 October 1870. Cheney House was built on the site of the house occupied by the antiquarian William Stukeley.

George Whipple was the earliest local publisher of Grantham postcards immediately after the introduction of divided back cards. In 1903 he had two motor garages in Grantham one in High Street opposite the George Hotel and the other in Watergate. He was a general dealer who had made his fortune through his shop in Watergate.

postcard, one of a series of 10, 1903

Grantham, George Whipple, the Avenue Road, Cheney House, William Stukeley
Grantham, Baptist Church, Wharf Road
Grantham, Baptist Church, Wharf Road
Grantham, Baptist Church, Wharf Road

Dated 1930 above the south door. 

Ordnance Survey 25" map published 1888 shows an earlier Baptist Chapel in the same location. 

Lincolnshire Archives has records dating back to 1868.

https://www.lincstothepast.com/Grantham-Wharf-Road-Baptist-Church/617420.record?pt=S 

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Wharf Road, Baptist Chapel
Grantham, Barracks
Grantham, Barracks
Grantham, Barracks

The Barracks in Sandon Road were built in 1858 and 1872. Pevsner described it as ‘castellated and very forbidding’. There is an impressive courtyard inside.

It was built for the 4th Special Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.

undated postcard

Grantham, barracks, Sandon Road, Lincolnshire Regiment
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign

The Beehive pub on Castlegate has a real beehive as its sign. Under it a plaque with the following rhyme:

Stop Traveller! This wondrous sign explore
And say, when thou has viewed it o'er,
Grantham, now two rarities are thine:
A lofty steeple and a living sign

undated post card

Grantham, Beehive pub, living sign, Castlegate
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign

Inn is "Late C18"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360266 

Beehive visible in tree to the left with bees active in warm July weather. 

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Beehive Inn, Living Sign, Public House
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign
Grantham, Beehive Inn & Living Sign

Beehive with active bees outside the Beehive Inn.

A real living sign. 

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Beehive Inn, Living Sign, Public House
Grantham, Black Dog, Public House, Watergate
Grantham, Black Dog, Public House, Watergate
Grantham, Black Dog, Public House, Watergate

"2-storeys, steep pantiled roof, rendered"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062477

DB 31 July 2018

Grantham, Black Dog, Public House, Watergate
Grantham, Blue Bull, Westgate
Grantham, Blue Bull, Westgate
Grantham, Blue Bull, Westgate

Former Blue Bull Public House on the corner of Westgate and Dysart Road.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1885 lists many "blue" public house names including

Benson Robert John, Blue Man P.H. 23 Westgate

Broughton James Henry, Blue Posts P.H. & job master

Brown John, Blue Bull inn, & hay dealer, 64 Westgate

Enderby William, Blue Dog P.H. 10 Watergate

Fowler John, Blue Horse P.H. 19 Westgate

Gray Thomas, Blue Cow P.H. & horse dealer, 63 Castlegate

Hall Joseph, Blue Horse P.H. & farmer, 28 London road

Howard Thomas lnkerman, Blue Ram P.H. 11 Westgate

Milner Mary (Mrs.), Blue Boat P.H. Wharf road

Ockelford Thomas Hy. Blue Bell inn, & job master, North st

Watson Thomas & Alfred, Blue Lion P.H. Market place

"The Manners family were Whigs and chose blue as their colour. They bought several pubs and inns in the constituency, and added "blue" to their names. People could drink "blue ale" in the "blue" pubs, which was an inducement to vote for Whig candidates in the parliamentary elections"

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

DB 4 December 2018 

Grantham, Blue Bull, Public House
Grantham, Blue Dog, Watergate
Grantham, Blue Dog, Watergate
Grantham, Blue Dog, Watergate

"Formerly Blue Dog P.H. C18"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062437 

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Blue Dog, Watergate
Grantham, Blue Pig Inn, Vine Street
Grantham, Blue Pig Inn, Vine Street
Grantham, Blue Pig Inn, Vine Street

"One building, shop and inn. Probably C16"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062474 

"The area has had, in its history, pubs named the Blue Pig, the Blue Lion, the Blue Horse, the Blue Dog, the Blue Bull, the Blue Cow, the Blue Ram, the Blue Sheep, the Blue Lamb ...

These names have their roots in a 19th-century political rivalry over the membership of Parliament for the constituency of Grantham, between the Manners family (the Duke of Rutland from Belvoir Castle) and the Brownlow family (from Belton House).

Pubs in the constituency declared political allegiances, and acted as gathering places for supporters of political factions.

Where a person drank declared that person's political views.

The Manners family were Whigs and chose blue as their colour. They bought several pubs and inns in the constituency, and added "blue" to their names."

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

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Blue Pig Inn, Public House, Manners, Brownlow, Whigs
Grantham, Boyall's Works
Grantham, Boyall's Works
Grantham, Boyall's Works
Richard Boyall's 'Carriage, Harness and Steam Wheel Works', known as the Brownlow Works, was established about 1860 at the corner of Wharf Road and Station Approach.

The firm manufactured a range of carriages and, especially, artillery wheels for both home and overseas manufacturers of military ordnance.

Much of the factory has disappeared, but the works bell survives and is displayed outside the showroom.

 

Grantham, wheelwright, artillery,
Grantham, Canal
Grantham, Canal
Grantham, Canal

The Grantham Canal runs for 33 miles from Grantham to the River Trent at West Bridgford.

It opened in 1797 and closed in 1936.

The Grantham Canal Society has been working to restore it.

The exact location of this undated postcard is uncertain.

Grantham, canal, Trent, West Bridgford
Grantham, Castlegate
Grantham, Castlegate
Grantham, Castlegate
Castlegate, a traffic-free street in the Edwardian period.
Grantham, Castlegate
Grantham, Conduit
Grantham, Conduit
Grantham, Conduit

The conduit in the Market Place dates from 1597.

It is square with stepped buttresses, a crenellated parapet and obelisks.

undated postcard

Grantham, conduit
Grantham, Congregational Church, Castlegate
Grantham, Congregational Church, Castlegate
Grantham, Congregational Church, Castlegate

Reported by the Grantham Journal that

"In 1972, many Congregational churches in England and Wales joined with Presbyterian Church to form the United Reformed Church.

In 1981, the URC united with the Re-formed Association of Churches of Christ and in 2000 the Congregational Union of Scotland.

In 2008, the Grantham congregation joined with that of the Central Methodist Church on Finkin Street, to form a Local Ecumenical Partnership, a joint United Reformed Church and Methodist Church called ChristChurch.

In 2011, the United Reformed Church building on Castlegate was sold to Alive Church, and the ChristChurch congregation moved to the former Central Methodist Church premises on Finkin Street, where it continues to flourish today"

https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/grantham-civic-society-column-the-history-of-grantham-s-congregational-church-1-6708994/ 

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Congregational Church, Alive Church
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church

The Grantham Methodist Society was first recognised in 1788.

Its members initially met in a room above a coppersmith's workshop in Back Lane, but by the turn of the century the increasing membership meant that new premises were needed.

The first Methodist Chapel on Finkin Street was built in 1802 on the opposite side of the road to the present chapel.

By the mid-1830s the members had outgrown these premises and they purchased a vacant plot on Finkin Street upon which to build a larger chapel ...

The building contract for the Grantham chapel was awarded to Messrs Greasley and Stretton who obtained the stone from Parker's quarry at Heydour.

The foundation stone was laid in 1840 and the present chapel was formally opened in 1841"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062522 

DB 2 July 2018 

Grantham, Wesleyan Methodist, Chapel, Finkin Street, Greasley and Stretton, Parker's quarry
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church

This is the church attended by Margaret Thatcher as a child with her family.

Her father, Alfred Roberts, was a local preacher and a lectern in the church is dedicated to him.

April 2011
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church, Margaret Thatcher, Alfred Roberts
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church

This church, now known as Christ Church, was built for the Wesleyan Methodists in 1840.

The Methodists were joined in the building in 2011 by the local United Reformed Church and the new name was adopted at that date.

April 2011
Grantham, Finkin Street Methodist Church, Christ Church
Grantham, George Centre, 62 High Street (Site of Isaac Newton's Lodgings)
Grantham, George Centre, 62 High Street (Site of Isaac Newton's Lodgings)
Grantham, George Centre, 62 High Street (Site of Isaac Newton's Lodgings)

"Late C18, front elevation altered. Late C19"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062491 

Site of William Clarke's house were Isaac Newton lodged while attending King's School, Grantham. 

Blue plaque on wall placed by the Grantham Civic Society. 

http://www.granthamcivicsociety.co.uk/public/plaque_newton.php 

"From the ages of 12 through 17, Newton resided with William Clarke, apothecary, in Grantham"

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

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, George Centre, William Clarke, Isaac Newton, blue plaque, Grantham Civic Society
Grantham, George Centre, Blue Plaque, Isaac Newton
Grantham, George Centre, Blue Plaque, Isaac Newton
Grantham, George Centre, Blue Plaque, Isaac Newton

Blue Plaque located outside The George Shopping Centre visible from High Street.

"Sir Isaac Newton 1642 - 1727 site of a house owned by Mr. Clark the apothecary.

Isaac Newton lodged here whilst attending the Grammar School, Grantham, between 1655 and 1660.

Universally regarded as one of the world's greatest scientists"

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Blue Plaque, Isaac Newton, George Shopping Centre, Clark, apothecary
Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel

The former George Hotel was built in the late eighteenth century, replacing a hostelry on the same site.

The large archway to the left was originally the entrance for coaches which travelled along the Great North Road running immediately in front of the building. (It is remarkable that sheep are being driven along this major road.)

Later this section was converted into garages.

In 1989 the George closed and was converted into a shopping centre.

Postcard, 1905

Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel

The George Hotel was rebuilt in 1780 with an impressive brick façade. The central archway led through to stabling and service quarters at the rear which could be accessed from Westgate.

The George Inn is recorded as early as 1456 and was part of the manor of Grantham. The rebuilding of 1780 by John Manners was almost certainly in response to the new range added to the Angel Inn some four years previously.

The George is now a shopping centre and two Blue Plaques can be found in the internal atrium. One is to Thomas Paine, author of the Rights of Man and The Age of Reason, who as an excise man was based at the George Inn between 1762-64. The other is to Charles Dickens who stayed here in 1838.

postcard by Whipple of Grantham, 1903

Grantham, George Hotel, John Manners
Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel

Former George Hotel 1780 - 3-storey, brick with parapet.

Mentioned in "Nicholas Nickleby".

Cellars may contain traces of medieval inn.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360255 
 
Now the George Shopping Centre.

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, George Hotel, Nicholas Nickleby
Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel

Two blue plaques placed by the Grantham Civic Society visible in this image.

Charles Dickens's plaque visible at the top of the stairs.

http://www.granthamcivicsociety.co.uk/public/plaque_dickens.php 

Thomas Paine's plaque just visible behind the Pizza Express sign.

http://www.granthamcivicsociety.co.uk/public/plaque_paine.php 

Plaques inside the George Centre on the walls of what was the George Hotel. 

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, George Hotel, Thomas Paine, Charles Dickens, blue plaque, Grantham Civic Society
Grantham, George Hotel, Blue Plaque, Charles Dickens
Grantham, George Hotel, Blue Plaque, Charles Dickens
Grantham, George Hotel, Blue Plaque, Charles Dickens

Located at the former George Hotel now the George Shopping Centre.

"Charles Dickens 1812-1870 stayed here at the George Hotel and in "Nicholas Nickleby" described it as 'one of the best inns in England'"

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Blue Plaque, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, George Hotel
Grantham, George Hotel, Blue Plaque, Thomas Paine
Grantham, George Hotel, Blue Plaque, Thomas Paine
Grantham, George Hotel, Blue Plaque, Thomas Paine

Located inside the former George Hotel now the George Shopping Centre.

"Thomas Paine political writer 1737-1809.

He stayed here in the George Hotel from 1762 until 1764 whilst employed as an excise officer.

His writing inspired great passions. His grand vision of society advocated a world peace organisation, social security for the poor and elderly and freedom from slavery"

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Blue Plaque, Thomas Paine, political writer, George Hotel
Grantham, Girls High School
Grantham, Girls High School
Grantham, Girls High School

Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School on Sandon Road was built in 1911 by H H Dunn*. It is Listed Grade II.

Margaret Thatcher (nee Roberts) was a pupil here in the 1940s.

* Herbert Henry Dunn of Lincoln was an architect who specialised in school buildings. He later became County Architect for Cambridgeshire CC and is perhaps best known for Sawston Village College.

undated postcard

Grantham, Girls High School, H H Dunn, Margaret Thatcher
Grantham, Grammar School
Grantham, Grammar School
Grantham, Grammar School

The Grammar School is located in Church Street. The old school was built by the 1520s under the terms of the wills of Henry Curteys and his son Richard.

The school was refounded under the will of Bishop Fox in 1528 and was endowed by Edward VI. Famous pupils include Lord Burghley, Sir Isaac Newton, Arthur Storer and playwright Colley Cibber.

Adjacent to the old school is a stone-fronted Georgian townhouse from c1730.  The school is not normally open to the public.

postcard by Whipple of Grantham, 1903

Grantham, grammar school, Isaac Newton, Arthur Storer, Colley Cibber, Bishop Fox, Henry Curteys
Grantham, Guildhall
Grantham, Guildhall
Grantham, Guildhall

This town hall was designed by William Watkins of Lincoln and was opened in 1869. It replaced the former Guildhall which stood on High Street on the southern corner with Guildhall Street.

In front of the Guildhall is the memorial to Sir Isaac Newton which was inaugurated in 1858.

The Guildhall includes the former police cells on the outside of which is a Blue Plaque to WPC Edith Smith the country's first female constable with powers of arrest

postcard by Whipple of Grantham, 1903

Grantham, Guildhall, Edith Smith
Grantham, Harrison Basket-Maker
Grantham, Harrison Basket-Maker
Grantham, Harrison Basket-Maker

Messrs Harrison & Sons (1710-1965) made basketware, fine cane furniture, bath chairs and baby carriages.

Their business was on the west side of Watergate and they had osier beds, shown here, at Dysart Road and other locations on the south-west of the town. 

Grantham, Harrison & Co, Watergate, basket making,
Grantham, Harrowby Road Cemetery Chapel
Grantham, Harrowby Road Cemetery Chapel
Grantham, Harrowby Road Cemetery Chapel

Chapel at the cemetery in Harrowby Road, built 1857.

Peter Kirk Collecion, 1991

Grantham, Harrowby Road chapel
Grantham, High Street
Grantham, High Street
Grantham, High Street

The viewpoint for this 1950s photograph is St Peter's Hill, looking northwards towards High Street.

At the time, this relatively quiet street was in fact the Great North Road.

Undated postcard

 

Grantham, St Peter's Hill, great North Road,
Grantham, Hospital
Grantham, Hospital
Grantham, Hospital

The hospital on Manthorpe Road was opened by Countess Brownlow on 5 January 1876. It had cost over £5,000 and Lady Brownlow had laid the foundation stone on 29 October 1874 no doubt because the land on which it stood had been donated by her husband.

The central block of two storeys included an operating room, kitchen and offices and four bedrooms on the first floor. Wings on either side formed the wards for male and female patients.

A five-bed fever ward and the laundry stood separately to the rear. The building shown in the post-card has stood unused for several years.

postcard by Whipple of Grantham, 1903

Grantham, hospital, Lady Brownlow, Manthorpe Road
Grantham, Hurst's Almshouses
Grantham, Hurst's Almshouses
Grantham, Hurst's Almshouses

Viewed from St Wulfram's churchyard.

"Range of C19 rebuilt almshouses (founded in C17)"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062521 

DB 31 July 2018 

Grantham, Hurst's Almshouses
Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School

Now known as the King’s School, the institution has an unbroken history on the same site since its re-endowment by Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester, in 1528.

Famous early scholars included William Cecil, Isaac Newton and Colley Cibber.

The original school building is centre right in this view; the parish church of St Wulfram is immediately to the left.

undated postcard

Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School

A modern view of the same building from the west,

April 2011

Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School

SLHA Conference "Vernacular Buildings in Grantham" being held in the "Old School" fronting Church Street.

"Schoolroom built 1497"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360231 

Isaac Newton's Signature is on the sill beneath the furthest window on the right hand side.

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Kings's School, Isaac Newton, Signature SLHA Conference, Vernacular Buildings
Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School
Grantham, King's School

Viewed from Brook Street with the blue plaques to Albert Ball VC and Joseph Tombs VC visible.

DB 4 December 2018 

Grantham, King's School, Albert Ball
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Albert Ball
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Albert Ball
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Albert Ball

Blue Plaque located on the outer wall of King's School visible from Brook Street.

"Captain Albert Ball VC, DSO & 2 bars, MC 1897-1917 attended this school in 1906 & 1907.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous & consistent bravery in 26 combats during which he destroyed 11 enemy aircraft & forced several others to land.

He was killed in action in May 1917 at the age of 20"

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Blue Plaque, Albert Ball, VC, Victoria Cross, King's School
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Arthur Storer
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Arthur Storer
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Arthur Storer

"Arthur Storer (c. 1648 – 1686) was America's first colonial astronomer.

He came to Calvert County, Maryland, from Lincolnshire, England.

He was among the first observers to sight and record data about a magnificent comet that passed over Patuxent skies in 1682.

Storer's work shows up in a number of Newton's writings.

The comet became known as Storer's Comet, until Edmund Halley later predicted the comet's return; thereafter this celestial marvel was known as Halley's Comet.

His observations of the great comet of 1680 are mentioned twice in Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

A planetarium bearing Storer's name is located in Prince Frederick, Maryland.

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

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Blue Plaque, Arthur Storer, astronomer
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Isaac Newton
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Isaac Newton
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Isaac Newton

Located on the wall of King's School and visible from Church Street

"In the hall of this school Sir Isaac Newton was taught"

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Blue Plaque, Isaac Newton, King's School
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Joseph Tombs
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Joseph Tombs
Grantham, King's School, Blue Plaque, Joseph Tombs

Blue Plaque located on the outer wall of King's School visible from Brook Street.

"Lance Corporal Joseph Tombs VC 1888 - 1966 Attended this school in the early 1900s.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry on 16 May 1915 on his own initiative he crawled 100 yards under heavy shell and machine-gun fire to rescue four wounded men"

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Blue Plaque, Joseph Tombs, VC, Victoria Cross
Grantham, King's School, Isaac Newton, Signature
Grantham, King's School, Isaac Newton, Signature
Grantham, King's School, Isaac Newton, Signature

Signature visible upper left in this image. 

"Isaac Newton was a King's School scholar between 1655 and 1660.

As was customary in his time, he carved his signature on the wall of what is today's school side hall, although the signature has never been confirmed as authentic; visitors from around the world come to view this indication of Newton's education"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King%27s_School,_Grantham 

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Kings School, Isaac Newton, Signature
Grantham, Margaret Thatcher Birthplace
Grantham, Margaret Thatcher Birthplace
Grantham, Margaret Thatcher Birthplace

On the corner of North Parade and Broad Street.

Birthplace of the Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher, MP first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

"Margaret Hilda Roberts was born on 13 October 1925, in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Her parents were Alfred Roberts (1892–1970), from Northamptonshire, and Beatrice Ethel (née Stephenson, 1888–1960), from Lincolnshire.

She spent her childhood in Grantham, where her father owned two grocery shops"

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

DB 26 November 2018

Grantham, Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Hilda Roberts, Birthplace, Prime Minister
Grantham, Margaret Thatcher Birthplace
Grantham, Margaret Thatcher Birthplace
Grantham, Margaret Thatcher Birthplace

Plaque on Margaret Thatcher's birthplace.

"Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, DStJ, PC, FRS, HonFRSC (née Roberts; 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was a British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.

She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office.

A Soviet journalist dubbed her "The 'Iron Lady'", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.

As Prime Minister, she implemented policies known as Thatcherism"

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

DB 26 November 2018 

Grantham, Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Hilda Roberts, Birthplace, Prime Minister
Grantham, Market Cross
Grantham, Market Cross
Grantham, Market Cross

Grantham’s Market Cross dates from around 1300. Demolished first in 1779 & then again in 1884, it was restored through public pressure.

It was the traditional point for the proclamation of important news.

Unposted and undated Jackson & Son of Grimsby card

Grantham, market cross
Grantham, Museum
Grantham, Museum
Grantham, Museum

"The Grantham Museum was founded by a local dignitary Henry Preston in the early twentieth century.

In the past the Museum housed both a collection of artefacts and a public library.

The Museum is now being operated by the Grantham Community Heritage Association"

http://www.granthammuseum.org.uk/about/ 

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Museum, Library, Henry Preston, Community Heritage Association
Grantham, Museum, Blue Plaque, Henry Preston
Grantham, Museum, Blue Plaque, Henry Preston
Grantham, Museum, Blue Plaque, Henry Preston

Plaque was placed by Grantham Civic Society :- 

"Henry Preston helped to found Grantham Museum and Public Library in 1926 and was a distinguished archaeologist.

He was the manager of the waterworks who helped to investigate Roman Saltersford and the much earlier fossil remains there, including the dinosaur once resident at Grantham Museum.

The town owes much to Henry Preston’s work to inspire the creation of a Library and Museum in the town and the fine scholarship of his archaeological work"

http://www.granthamcivicsociety.co.uk/public/henry_preston.php

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Museum, Library, Henry Preston, Community Heritage Association
Grantham, National CE Junior School
Grantham, National CE Junior School
Grantham, National CE Junior School

This school has always been for boys and girls aged 7 to 11.

The buildings date from 1859 and are by the architect Edward Browning of Stamford (1816-1882).

March 2017

Grantham, National CE Junior School, Edward Browning
Grantham, National CE Junior School
Grantham, National CE Junior School
Grantham, National CE Junior School

View of the National CE Aided Junior School from the churchyard of St Wulfram's church.

March 2017

Grantham,
Grantham, Playhouse Public House, Watergate
Grantham, Playhouse Public House, Watergate
Grantham, Playhouse Public House, Watergate

Reported in the Grantham Journal that

"Built in the 1760s, the building was formerly Collard’s ironmongers"

https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/lifestyle/memory-lane-grantham-pub-began-as-an-ironmongery-1-8045244/ 

Public house now closed. 

DB 26 November 2018 

Grantham, Playhouse, Public House, Collard’s ironmongers
Grantham, Police Lock Up,  St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Police Lock Up, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Police Lock Up, St Peter's Hill

"Town Lock up (Part of Guildhall House)"

"Small rectangular brick building"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062466 

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Town Lock Up, Police
Grantham, Police Lock Up, Blue Plaque, Edith Smith
Grantham, Police Lock Up, Blue Plaque, Edith Smith
Grantham, Police Lock Up, Blue Plaque, Edith Smith

Reported by the BBC on 19 October 2014 that :-

"A blue plaque honouring the first female police officer with the power of arrest has been unveiled in the Lincolnshire town where she worked.

Midwife Edith Smith came to Grantham in 1915 to help tackle prostitution after the billeting of 14,000 soldiers in the area during World War One.

She resigned from the force in 1918 and died five years later, having dealt with more than 380 incidents.

The plaque was placed on the wall of the old town police station"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-29664720 

DB 11 March 2017

Grantham, Blue Plaque, Edith Smith, police
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Commercial Road
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Commercial Road
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Commercial Road

In "Brief Details of Chapels in the Grantham Circuit" Revised August 1998 Colin Sheperdson and Allen Griffin state :-

"Missioned and remissioned in 1817, 1824 and 1825 without lasting success.

It was once again remissioned in 1835 and this time a Society was formed.

Commercial Road chapel was opened on the 28.5.1837 and enlarged in 1876.

The last service was held on the 27.2.1966.

It is now in commercial use as 'The Electric Social Club""

Club now closed and building being converted into flats. 

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Commercial Road, Electric Social Club
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Commercial Road
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Commercial Road
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Commercial Road

The Primitive Methodist identification has been erased from the date stone.

DB 4 December 2018 

Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Commercial Road
Grantham, Spittlegate Primary School
Grantham, Spittlegate Primary School
Grantham, Spittlegate Primary School

A large primary school was built in 1883 opposite St John’s Church and among the housing for the workers at Hornsby’s engineering works.

It was originally Spittlegate St John the Evangelist National School and later became Spittlegate CE Controlled Primary School.

August 2014
Grantham, Spittlegate primary school
Grantham, St John
Grantham, St John
Grantham, St John

St John's Church in Station Road is in the former parish of Spittlegate.

It was built by Anthony Salvin in 1840-41.

August 2014

Grantham, St John Spittlegate, Anthony Salvin
Grantham, St John
Grantham, St John
Grantham, St John

St John Spittlegate is in a plain Early English style with tower in ashlar.

The aisles were widened and the chancel rebuilt in 1883-84.

August 2014

Grantham, St John Spittlegate
Grantham, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, St Peter's Hill

Looking north along St Peter's Hill Grantham in the 1950s. The tall building right of centre is the town Guildhall, designed by William Watkins of Lincoln and completed in 1868.

It was originally flanked by offices for the Chief Constable and the Inspector of Weights and Measures.

Later the Town Museum was constructed immediately to the south side of the Guildhall (as shown here).

Undated postcard

Grantham,
Grantham, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, St Peter's Hill

This view looking north across St Peter’s Hill. Dominating the postcard is the bronze statue of Frederick James Tollemache, four times MP for Grantham between 1826 and 1874.

postcard by Whipple of Grantham, 1903

Grantham, Frederick James Tollemache, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram

St Wulfram’s is famed for its beautiful tower and spire: ‘the finest steeple in England’ in the view of Simon Jenkins.

The interior is spacious, with six bay arcades and wide aisles.

The superb window tracery illustrates the changing styles of the late 13th and 14th centuries.

The screen, reredos and stained glass are Victorian, also the impressive timber roofs by George Gilbert Scott.

April 2011

Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram

The fine window tracery on the south side of St Wulfram's is evident in this postcard.

undated postcard

Grantham, St Wulfram church
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram

Owing much to the profits made by Grantham merchants through the export of wool to Italian merchants in the late C12th and C13th, the rebuilding of the church was largely completed by c1350.

The tower and spire date from c1290-1320. When built, Grantham was the tallest parish church in England for some 150 years.

The church contains a chained library (one of only four such libraries in the UK) as well as several very fine C18th monuments.

It is usually open from 10am to 1pm most days and, during the summer, until 4pm on most days

postcard by Whipple of Grantham, 1903

Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram

This view of St Wulfram's from the south-east was taken in gloomy spring weather.

The two-storey embattled south porch is from the Perpendicualr period.

March 2017

Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram

On the left is the rood loft turret; centre and right are the five-light windows of the south chapel, dated around 1330.

March 2017

Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram, capital
Grantham, St Wulfram, capital
Grantham, St Wulfram, capital

Capital above composite pier in the south aisle.

March 2017


Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram, Churchyard, War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, Churchyard, War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, Churchyard, War Memorial

"The war memorial was built by Messrs Bowman & Sons with the sculptor Mr Phillips to the designs of Sir Charles Nicholson (1867-1949).

The original plans, dated 1920, are deposited at the RIBA Drawings Collection.

The memorial was unveiled by the local clergy and dignitaries in a ceremony on 27 November 1920"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062502 

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, Churchyard, War Memorial, Bowman & Sons, Sir Charles Nicholson
Grantham, St Wulfram, font
Grantham, St Wulfram, font
Grantham, St Wulfram, font

The large octagonal font dates from the Perpendicular period. There are various religious scenes on the stem and around the bowl.

The Gothic font cover is by Walter Topper, 1899.

March 2017

Grantham, St Wulfram church, font, Walter Topper
Grantham, St Wulfram, Francis Trigge Chained Library
Grantham, St Wulfram, Francis Trigge Chained Library
Grantham, St Wulfram, Francis Trigge Chained Library

"In 1598 Francis Trigge, Rector of Welbourn, near Leadenham in Lincolnshire, arranged for a library to be set up in the room over the South Porch of St Wulfram's Church, Grantham for the use of the clergy and the inhabitants of the town and Soke.

The borough was responsible for furnishing the porchroom and Trigge undertook to supply books to the value of "one hundred poundes or thereaboutes".

"The library was the first in England to be endowed for use outside an institution such as a school or college.

It is perhaps slightly misleading to call it "the first public library" but nevertheless its use was not the prerogative of a private group"

"The library has always been in the parvise over the south porch"

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

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, Francis Trigge Chained Library
Grantham, St Wulfram, hatchment
Grantham, St Wulfram, hatchment
Grantham, St Wulfram, hatchment

Late eighteenth century hatchment to one of the Manners family.

March 2017

Grantham, St Wulfram church, hatchment
Grantham, St Wulfram, monument
Grantham, St Wulfram, monument
Grantham, St Wulfram, monument

Monument to Sir Dudley Ryder, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench who died 1756.

The sculptor was Henry Cheere.

March 2017

Grantham, St Wulfram church, memorial, Sir Dudley Ryder, Henry Cheere
Grantham, Tollemache Statue, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Tollemache Statue, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Tollemache Statue, St Peter's Hill

"Statue of Hon Frederick James Tollemache, M.P. 1892.

By George Simonds of London.

10 feet 10 inches high.

Cost £1,700, bronze.

Tollemache (1826/74), was M.P. for Grantham, and member of Dysart family.

Situated at South end of St. Peter's Hill"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360283

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Hon Frederick James Tollemache, Statue, Dysart, George Simonds
Grantham, War Memorial
Grantham, War Memorial
Grantham, War Memorial

Grantham's war memorial is in Wyndham Park.

It was designed by Sir Charles Nicholson and unveiled on 27 November 1920 by Sir George Welby of Allington Hall.

It is thought to be inspired by the Eleanor crosses.

postcard: Robin Hood Brand, No.2922

Grantham, war memorial, Sir George Welby, Sir Charles Nicholson, Eleanor cross
Grantham, War Memorial, St Peter’s Hill Green
Grantham, War Memorial, St Peter’s Hill Green
Grantham, War Memorial, St Peter’s Hill Green

South Kesteven District Council approval in May 2009.

"The proposed memorial will be made from Ancaster stone with a marble centre piece and measures 1500cm high by 1500cm long by 750cm wide.

The proposed site is in the shrub bed beneath the Cherry Tree near to the site of the Remembrance Garden to the west of the statue of Sir Isaac Newton.

The monument will be inscribed "In memory of all service and civilian personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the interests of freedom and peace during wars, campaigns and peacekeeping operations and from terrorist actions since 1945 to the present day.

The Veteran Association would like the memorial to be erected in June in readiness for a dedication ceremony on 27th June 2009 being Armed Forces Day"

http://moderngov.southkesteven.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=572  

DB 31 July 2018

Grantham, War Memorial, St Peter’s Hill Green
Grantham, Willoughby's Mill
Grantham, Willoughby's Mill
Grantham, Willoughby's Mill

This mill was on the footpath that runs from the foot of Princess Drive to Manthorpe Road. Only the house now remains.

Unposted card by Jackson & Son of Grimsby

Grantham, Willoughby's Mill
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Arch
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Arch
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Arch

Wyndham Park created 1924 as the Town's War Memorial and named after Lt. Hon. William Wyndham who was killed in action 1914.

https://www.lincstothepast.com/WYNDHAM---The-Hon---William-Reginald-/1571243.record?pt=S 

Memorial Arch put in place 1935 for George V's Silver Jubilee.

Refurbished 2018 for the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War 1.

Entrance from Hill Avenue.

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Arch
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Arch
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Arch
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Arch

Plaque inside the Memorial Arch.

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Wyndam Park, Memorial Arch
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Sculpture
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Sculpture
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Sculpture

Memorial sculpture, designed by Daniel Fay, inspired by the locally based Machine Gun Corps.

Unveiled November 2014. 

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Sculpture
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Shelter
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Shelter
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Shelter

Shelter built 1929 houses a plaque commemorating all Grantham servicemen killed in the First World War.

Refurbished 2018.

DB 4 December 2018 

Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Shelter
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Shelter
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Shelter
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Shelter

Plaque inside the Memorial Shelter

DB 4 December 2018 

Grantham, Wyndham Park, Memorial Shelter
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Model Boating Lake
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Model Boating Lake
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Model Boating Lake

Grantham's original outdoor bathing area was constructed in 1886.

Now replaced by a model boating lake.

Refurbished 2018. 

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Wyndham Park, Model Boating Lake
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Sensory Garden, Isaac's Apple
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Sensory Garden, Isaac's Apple
Grantham, Wyndham Park, Sensory Garden, Isaac's Apple

"Isaac's Apple" centerpiece of the Sensory Garden by Nigel Sardeson 2010.

http://www.artparks.co.uk/sculptors_sculptures.php?artistID=996&sculptor=nigel_sardeson 

DB 4 December 2018 

Grantham, Wyndham Park, Sensory Garden, Isaac's Apple
Grantham, Wyndham Park, White Bridge
Grantham, Wyndham Park, White Bridge
Grantham, Wyndham Park, White Bridge

White Bridge leading into Wyndham park from Slate Mill Place.

A previous bridge was destroyed by floods in 1922 and the White Bridge was constructed to take its place.

Designed and constructed by Yorkshire Hennebique Contracting Co together with AE Brown & Co, Grantham.

Saint Wulfram's Church visible in the background. 

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Wyndham Park, White Bridge, Yorkshire Hennebique Contracting Co
Newton, Isaac - mathematician & scientist
Newton, Isaac - mathematician & scientist
Newton, Isaac - mathematician & scientist

Isaac Newton (1642-1726), one of the most influential mathematicians and scientists of all time, was born at Woolsthorpe near Grantham.

He was educated at the King’s School, Grantham and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he spent much of his working life.

This statue, cast in bronze by William Theed the younger and completed in 1858, stands on St Peter’s Hill in Grantham.

August 2014

Grantham, Isaac Newton, statue, St Peters Hill, William Theed