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Angell, Norman - blue plaque
Angell, Norman - blue plaque
Angell, Norman - blue plaque

Norman Angell (1872-1967), winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933, was born in the Mansion House at Holbeach. This blue plaque is mounted there.

He was an author, lecturer, journalist and energetic pacifist.

At one time MP for Bradford North, he served on the Executive Committee of the League of Nations after the First World War.

Ken Redmore, 2011

Holbeach, Norman Angell, Mansion House, Nobel Peace prize
Holbeach, Albert Street
Holbeach, Albert Street
Holbeach, Albert Street

Card posted in Spalding to an address near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire on 1 January 1907.

Postcard by Valentine

 

Holbeach,
Holbeach, All Saints, Monument
Holbeach, All Saints, Monument
Holbeach, All Saints, Monument

The late 14th century monument to Sir Humphrey Littlebury in All Saints Church is thought to have been sculpted by Bristol craftsmen.

On the cresting of the recumbent figure's helmet is a head.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, All Saints church, monument, Humphrey Littlebury,
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints

All Saints church in Holbeach is mainly in the Decorated style.

The recessed broach spire, with its four sets of lucarnes, has a total height of 180ft.

The north porch entrance is flanked by a pair of round towers, which seem out of place in a church.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, All Saints, broach, spire,
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints

View of All Saints' Church from the north-east. The chancel windows have flowing tracery of the Decorated period.

undated posrcard

Holbeach, All Saints church
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
Eighteenth-century painting of All Saints Church, artist unknown.
Holbeach, All Saints church
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
An unused postcard from the 'Jay em Jay' Series, printed in Belgium
Holbeach,
Holbeach, All Saints, porch
Holbeach, All Saints, porch
Holbeach, All Saints, porch

The entrance porch on the north side of the church is framed by two round towers.

The entrance arch is 'delightfully lacy ogee-cusped and subcusped' (Pevsner)

Unused and undated postcard

Holbeach,
Holbeach, All Saints, south doorway
Holbeach, All Saints, south doorway
Holbeach, All Saints, south doorway

The tall entrance arch above the south doorway is from the Decorated period.

Unused and undated postcard

Holbeach, church porch
Holbeach, Barrington Gate
Holbeach, Barrington Gate
Holbeach, Barrington Gate

A scene at the edge of the town. The road surface is puzzling: is there a light covering of snow, even though trees are in full leaf?

Postcard published by Swain of Holbeach, posted from Holbeach to an address in Llandudno in July 1915.

Holbeach, Barrington gate
Holbeach, Barrington Gate
Holbeach, Barrington Gate
Holbeach, Barrington Gate
Unused postcard published by Chamberlin, stationers of Holbeach.
Holbeach, Barrington Gate, Chamberlin
Holbeach, Cemetery
Holbeach, Cemetery
Holbeach, Cemetery

The approach to the cemetery chapel was along the Fir Tree Avenue.

Cardr posted in Holbeach at 6pm on 7 November 1905 and addressed to Dinton near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire .

from the Valentine Series

Holbeach, cemetery
Holbeach, Cemetery
Holbeach, Cemetery
Holbeach, Cemetery

An undated local postcard published by Chamberlin of Holbeach.

The fine cemetery chapel is visible in the background.

Holbeach, cemetery chapel
Holbeach, Chequers Hotel
Holbeach, Chequers Hotel
Holbeach, Chequers Hotel

Along the front of the building is the statement 'Commercial, Family & Posting Hotel'.

The name of the licensee immediately above the door is Morris Turner. According to Kelly's Lincolnshire trade directories he was at the hotel in 1909, he succeeded Charles Ernest Copeland (see 1905 directory) and was followed by William Stuart (1913 and 1919)

Unused postcard published by Chamberlin, Stationer of Holbeach.

Holbeach, Chequers Hotel, Chamberlin, Morris Turner, Charles Copeland, William Stuart
Holbeach, Church Street
Holbeach, Church Street
Holbeach, Church Street

An early twentieth-century view looking north along Church Street towards Market Hill.

The spire parish church of All Saints at the centre of the town is clearly visible.

The building on the right with three dormer windows is the Reading Room.

Undated postcard

Holbeach, Church Street
Holbeach, Damgate Mill
Holbeach, Damgate Mill
Holbeach, Damgate Mill

A tower mill built in 1816 and raised by two further storeys 50 years later.

It was worked by wind until 1928 and then by an oil engine until 1944.

The mill was demolished in nthe 1960s.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Holbeach, Damgate Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Holbeach, Edinburgh Walk
Holbeach, Edinburgh Walk
Holbeach, Edinburgh Walk

Postcard posted in Fleet to an address in Bradford, 1909.

Chamberlin's Series, Holbeach

Holbeach, Chamberlin
Holbeach, Edinburgh Walk
Holbeach, Edinburgh Walk
Holbeach, Edinburgh Walk
postcard from Swain's Real Photo Series, unused and undated.
Holbeach, Swain, Edinburgh Walk
Holbeach, Fleet Road
Holbeach, Fleet Road
Holbeach, Fleet Road
undated postcard published by Chamberlin, Stationer, Holbeach
Holbeach, Chamberlin stationer
Holbeach, Gedney Corner
Holbeach, Gedney Corner
Holbeach, Gedney Corner

Card posted in Holbeach 8.30pm on 29 December 1905 to an address in March, Cambridgeshire.

Advertising for Fletcher & Sons of Long Sutton and Holbeach, drapers, grocers, clothiers & furnishers.

Postcard publised by E R Swain, printer and stationer, Holbeach

Holbeach, Fletcher & Sons, E R Swain
Holbeach, Hallgate
Holbeach, Hallgate
Holbeach, Hallgate
An early twentieth century postcard, unused and undated.
Holbeach, Hallgate
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street

View along High Street before the First World War.

1909, David Robinson postcard collection

Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street

View of High Street from the 1950s or early 60s.

On the left is the newsagent and stationer, Claude Chapman, followed by the RAC and AA-listed Hotel, and then Freeman Hardy and Willis (shoe shop).

postcard from the Frith series

Holbeach, Frith, Claude Chapman
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street

The extreme east end of High Street

Unused and undated postcard by unknown publisher

Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street

This is a view looking east.

On the left is Curtis and Son's Holbeach Teamart.

The card was posted in Holbeach ands addressed to Upper Clapton, London E5 in 1923.

Holbeach, Curtis, teamart
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street

Looking west along the High Street.

Unused and undated postacrd from Frith series

Holbeach, High Street, Frith
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street

An unused postcard publoished by Jackson & Son of Grimsby and Bradford. It is from the 'Jay Em Jay' series.

Fletcher & Sons' ironmonger's store is on the right.

Holbeach, Fletcher, Jackson
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street

An early twentieth century view with road sweeper in the foreground. Granite setts form the centre section of the roadway, with asphalted 'lanes' next to the pavements.

Unused and undated postcard published by E R Swain, stationer of Holbeach

Holbeach, High Street, street cleaner
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street
Holbeach, High Street

There is no identifying caption (nor date, nor publisher) on this postcard but it thought to be the High Street in Holbeach.

The first shop on the right is M Pearson, Milliner, also agent for Pullar's Dye Works of Perth.

Holbeach, High Street, Pearson, Milliner, Pullar dyeworks Perth
Holbeach, Malten Lane
Holbeach, Malten Lane
Holbeach, Malten Lane

Postcard posted in Grimsby and sent to Sheffield, 5 January  1907.

Jay em Jay Series

Holbeach, Malten Lane
Holbeach, Mansion House
Holbeach, Mansion House
Holbeach, Mansion House

The Mansion House in High Street, Holbeach, is thought to date from 1681, though built in Queen Anne style.

Sir Norman Angell, Nobel Peace Prize winner, was born here in 1872.

The building has recently been restored for use as a hotel and bistro bar.

Ken Redmore, 2011 

Holbeach, Norman, Angell, Mansion House, Nobel Peace Prize,
Holbeach, Market Hill
Holbeach, Market Hill
Holbeach, Market Hill

View from Market Hill looking towards West End.

An AA patrolman is directing traffic it appears.

1947, David Robinson postcard collection

Holbeach, Market Hill, West End
Holbeach, Milestone
Holbeach, Milestone
Holbeach, Milestone

An unusual survival of the turnpike period is this eighteenth century milestone outside the parish church in High Street, Holbeach.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, milestone,
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill

Pre-war photograph of Penny Hill Mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph 

Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (1)
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (1)
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (1)

A mill built in 1827 on the site of a smock mill.

As part of refurbished in 1877 the tower was raised by one storey.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by Rex Wailes, undated

Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill, windmill, Jon Sass, Rex Wailes
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (2)
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (2)
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (2)

Penny Hill Mill was worked by wind until the 1940s and was abandoned some ten years later.

It is a Grade II listed building.

Location of mill: TF 358 267

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Holbeach, RAF Holbeach, Observation Tower
Holbeach, RAF Holbeach, Observation Tower
Holbeach, RAF Holbeach, Observation Tower

The RAF Holbeach bombing range opened in 1926. It includes this observation tower for recording performance.

RAF and NATO aircraft use the range for dropping bombs and firing cannon.

Targets include old trawlers beached on the mudflats of the Wash.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, RAF Holbeach, Observation Tower, bombing range,
Holbeach, Royal Observer Corps Bunker
Holbeach, Royal Observer Corps Bunker
Holbeach, Royal Observer Corps Bunker

During the Cold War period a network of Royal Observer Corps bunkers was created covering the country.

Most, like this one near Holbeach, were in isolated locations with telephone links to regional bases. (The HQ for Lincolnshire was at Fiskerton).

They were manned at all times by ROC volunteers and were equipped to detect attacks by nuclear weapons.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, Royal Observer Corps bunker, cold war, Fiskerton,
Holbeach, Spalding Road
Holbeach, Spalding Road
Holbeach, Spalding Road

View of Spalding Road - a quiet steet with a few figures casually standing in the road.

unused and undated postcard published by E R Swain of Holbeach and printed in Germany.

Holbeach, Spalding Road, E R Swain
Holbeach, Stukeley Road
Holbeach, Stukeley Road
Holbeach, Stukeley Road

A very modest street named after Holbeach's most famous son, William Stukeley,

Unused postcard; 'photo Thompson' overprinted in bottom right corner and with misspelt caption!.

Holbeach, Stukeley William
Holbeach, West End
Holbeach, West End
Holbeach, West End

Early view of West End.

1905, David Robinson postcard collection  

Holbeach, West End
Holbeach, West End
Holbeach, West End
Holbeach, West End

The shop on the rightadvertises 'Richardson for Tiled Stoves, Chimney Pieces, Ranges and Bedsteads'.

Outside the shop is a large collection of spades and shovels; inside can be seen several hanging oil lamps.

Card addressed to Diss but neither stamped nor posted.

Holbeach, Richardson
Holbeach, West End
Holbeach, West End
Holbeach, West End

Both sides of the street are lined with shops.

Unused and undated postcard by Chamberlin, stationer of Holbeach

Holbeach, West End, Chamberlin