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Boston, Old Bath Gardens
Boston, Old Bath Gardens
Boston, Old Bath Gardens
Photograph from 'The Boston Album of Views', c.1900
Boston, Old Bath gardens
Cleethorpes, Pier
Cleethorpes, Pier
Cleethorpes, Pier

The pier at Cleethorpes opened on August Bank Holiday 1873.

The Pavilion shown dates from 1905 and replaced an earlier hall destroyed by fire.

Originally, the pier was 1200 ft (360m) long, but was deliberately breached in WW2 - because of invasion fears - and after the war the seaward section was demolished.

Frank Robinson, 2009

See other images of the pier

Cleethorpes, pier
Cleethorpes, swimming pool
Cleethorpes, swimming pool
Cleethorpes, swimming pool

The Swimming Pool was built when the improvements were made to the sea front in 1884.

undated postcard

Cleethorpes, swimming pool
Freiston Shore
Freiston Shore
Freiston Shore

Freiston Shore, north of Boston, was developed as a sea bathing resort in the late 18th & early 19th centuries.

Later coastal accretion caused a salt marsh to develop bringing the end of the hotel trade.

Freiston Shore contains the remains of fortifications constructed during the Second World War and a former light railway.

Postcard, 1906

Freiston, sea bathing, Freiston Shore
Friskney, duck decoy
Friskney, duck decoy
Friskney, duck decoy

This overgrown pond lies within the Decoy Wood nature reserve, and was once a duck decoy. It is said that in 1866 over a thousand ducks were caught here.

The photo shows what is left of one of the ‘pipes’, down which the birds were enticed and trapped.

See:- www.lincstrust.org.uk/reserves/Friskney-Decoy-Wood

Frank Robinson, January 2014

Friskney, duck decoy
Gainsborough, Regal Cinema
Gainsborough, Regal Cinema
Gainsborough, Regal Cinema

Built in the Art Deco style in 1924, the Regal Cinema no longer survives.

Photograph 1963

Gainsborough, Regal Cinema
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
Grimsby, Albert Gardens
Grimsby, Albert Gardens
Grimsby, Albert Gardens

Grimsby Albert Gardens & Prince Consort Memorial commemorate Albert, Queen Victoria's consort, who died in 1861. It is in the East Marsh area of the town close to the docks.

The memorial was unveiled in 1879 and moved to the Dock Offices at the dock entrance in c.1980.

'Jay Em Jay' Series postcard, posted 1904

Grimsby, Albert Gardens, Prince Consort Memorial
Grimsby, Cleethorpe Road, Caxton Theatre
Grimsby, Cleethorpe Road, Caxton Theatre
Grimsby, Cleethorpe Road, Caxton Theatre

Celebrating its 75th anniversay year.

https://caxtontheatre.com 

"The Caxton Players Society dates back to the early 1940s, during the Second World War, with perfromances to lift spirits during darker times.

Today, they are the only Society in the county with an auditorium, based in Grimsby, which offers seating for nearly 200 theatre-goers"

http://explorelincolnshire.co.uk/grimsby/cinemas-and-theatre/caxton-theatre-36862.html  

DB 10 November 2018 

Grimsby, Cleethorpe Road, Caxton Theatre
Grimsby, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park

People's Park in Grimsby was officially opened in 1883.

The 27 acres of land were a gift to the council from Edward Heneage of Hainton, a prominent landowner, who was influential in the town's development.

Undated postcard

Grimsby, Edward Heneage, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park

People's Park in Grimsby was officially opened on 17 August 1883.

The 27 acres of land were a gift to the council from Edward Heneage of Hainton, a prominent landowner, who was influential in the town's development.

Undated postcard

Grimsby, Edward Heneage, People's Park
Ingoldmells, Butlins Holiday Camp
Ingoldmells, Butlins Holiday Camp
Ingoldmells, Butlins Holiday Camp

The Butlin Luxury Holiday Camp opened in 1936 and cost £100,000.

It is sited close to the beach and conveniently alongside the A52 between Skegness and Mablethorpe.

undated postcard

Ingoldmells, Butlins Holiday Camp
Ingoldmells, Butlins Holiday Camp
Ingoldmells, Butlins Holiday Camp
Ingoldmells, Butlins Holiday Camp

The ballroom at Butlin's was an important centre of evening entertainment for the weekly visitors.

undated postcard

Ingoldmells, Butlins Holiday Camp, ballroom
Lincoln, Arboretum
Lincoln, Arboretum
Lincoln, Arboretum

The Arboretum in Lincoln opened in 1872.

The lion statue was the gift of F. J. Clarke, businessman and four-times mayor of Lincoln. It was made from composition stone by Austin and Seeley of London.

undated postcard

Streets, Lincoln Arboretum, F J Clarke, Auston & Seeley, lion statue
Lincoln, Arboretum, Bandstand
Lincoln, Arboretum, Bandstand
Lincoln, Arboretum, Bandstand

The nationally celebrated designer Edward Milner was employed at Lincoln to create the Arboretum on Monks Road in 1872.

The bandstand was soon a popular and well used feature of the public park.

It was restored in the 1990s as part of a £2m project undertaken by the City Council.

May 2013

Buildings, Lincoln arboretum, bandstand, Edward Milner
Lincoln, Boultham Park, Bandstand
Lincoln, Boultham Park, Bandstand
Lincoln, Boultham Park, Bandstand

"Sunday 25th March 2018 was an emotional day for many in the community as the park’s bandstand was played in for the first time since its extensive restoration"

http://www.boulthampark.co.uk/the-1920s-come-roaring-into-the-park/ 

"The new roof will be made of durable zinc and the concrete surround will be resurfaced along with brickwork base improvements"

http://www.boulthampark.co.uk/bandstand-80th-year-refresh/ 

DB 23 April 2018 

Lincoln, Boultham Park, Bandstand
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal

"The present theatre, initially called the New Theatre Royal, was built in 1893 to the designs of Bertie Crewe and W.G.R. Sprague.

After an explosion and fire in 1892 had destroyed the previous Theatre Royal on the site, built in 1806.

The 1806 theatre was, in turn, a rebuild of an earlier theatre of 1764 on Butchery Street, now called Clasketgate.

The structure of the building remained the same until 1907, when the present frontage, foyer, and lounge were added, spinning the orientation of the entrance to face Clasketgate.

A 2010 refurbishment of public non-auditorium space restructured and modernised the foyer and bar areas.

The building is Grade II listed"

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

DB 20 October 2018

Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, Bertie Crewe, W.G.R. Sprague
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, Playbill
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, Playbill
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, Playbill

Playbill on display in the New Theatre Royal for a 1933 production by the Denville Players.

Dempsey Stuart as the featured actor. 

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

Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, Playbill, Denville Players, Dempsey Stuart, actor
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, Wartime
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, Wartime
Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, Wartime

Wartime theatre information displayed in the New Theatre Royal.

Programmes as advertised in the "Lincolnshire Echo" and the "Lincolnshire Chronicle".

"NEAREST AIR RAID SHELTER—ST. PETER-AT-ARCHES-140 yds."

Lincoln, New Theatre Royal, war
Lincoln, Ritz Cinema
Lincoln, Ritz Cinema
Lincoln, Ritz Cinema

Former Ritz Cinema,143-147 High Street now a J.D. Wetherspoon's pub.

The Ritz Cinema opened 1937.

Taken over by the Rank Organisation and re-named as the Odeon 1956 but closed 1981.

Re-opened as an independent 1985, with the name reverting back to the Ritz, but closed again 1996.

In 1998 it re-opened as a J.D. Wetherspoon pub using the foyer and stalls area.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/25899

DB 5 December 2019

Lincoln, Ritz Cinema, Odeon, Wetherspoon
Lincoln, South Park
Lincoln, South Park
Lincoln, South Park

This Edwardian postcard depicts South Park with the lower slopes of South Common to the right.

South Common, a site of nature conservation importance, covers an area of 80 hectares between Canwick Road and Cross O'Cliff Hill.

Its southern boundary rises steeply to the limestone edge.

 

Lincoln, South Park, South Common,
Louth, Hubbard's Hills
Louth, Hubbard's Hills
Louth, Hubbard's Hills

This rustic wooden shelter in Hubbard's Hills was one of four given by local Member of Parliament, R W Perks, at a total cost of £100, when the park was first opened in 1907.

Undated postcard

Louth, Hubbard's Hills, R W Perks
Louth, Hubbard's Hills
Louth, Hubbard's Hills
Louth, Hubbard's Hills

Hubbard's Hills is a deep wooded valley to the south-west of the town. It was acquired for the town using a generous bequest from Alphonse Pahud, a language teacher at Louth Grammar School.

card posted 1940s

Louth, Hubbard's Hills, Alphonse Pahud, Louth Grammar School
Louth, Old Railway Line
Louth, Old Railway Line
Louth, Old Railway Line

The east side of Louth had several parks which have been taken into the growing town.  One such was Stewton House Park.

The railway from Boston cut through it so that land to the west of the line was sold off for large houses and gardens and that to the east is mostly housing estate.

The railway has gone but the route is still there and converted to a pleasant tree-lined footpath.

Louth, East Coast Line, Railway, footpath
Louth, Old Railway Line
Louth, Old Railway Line
Louth, Old Railway Line

This information board alongside the footpath to the south-east of the town centre gives details of the former East Lincolnshire Line which passed through Louth.

 

Louth, East Lincolnshire Railway Line, footpath
Market Deeping, Empire Cinema
Market Deeping, Empire Cinema
Market Deeping, Empire Cinema

Former Empire Cinema now a gym.

"The Empire Cinema was built for the Jack Bancroft chain, and opened at the end of September 1928"

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/44333 

Closed 11th May 1963. 

DB 7 September 2019 

Market Deeping, Empire Cinema
Scunthorpe, Jubilee Hall, Laneham Street
Scunthorpe, Jubilee Hall, Laneham Street
Scunthorpe, Jubilee Hall, Laneham Street

"Built as a Jubilee Hall by Scunthorpe Co-operative Society in 1925, but became a cinema in 1927.

It closed in 1955 and the building has now been converted into a Chinese restaurant called the Pearl City"

http://northlincsmuseumimagearchive.org.uk/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s07168&pos=2&action=zoom 

DB 19 February 2019 

Scunthorpe, Jubilee Hall, Laneham Street
Scunthorpe, Royal Cinema, Gilliatt Street
Scunthorpe, Royal Cinema, Gilliatt Street
Scunthorpe, Royal Cinema, Gilliatt Street

The former Royal Cinema which opened as a silent cinema on 1st October 1929.

In 1959 the Royal Cinema closed its doors and reopened as the town’s Star Bingo Club.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/43426 

Now Oscar's Bar.

DB 19 February 2019  

 

Scunthorpe, Royal Cinema, Gilliatt Street
Skegness, Casino Ballroom
Skegness, Casino Ballroom
Skegness, Casino Ballroom

The Casino on North Parade opened in 1922. As well as a ballroom it had a restaurant and indoor skating rink. It later became the Winter Gardens and then Murphy Radio Ltd's factory.

Postcard from the inter-war period by Wilford of Leicester

Skegness,
Skegness, Cental Cinema (Now Majestic Bingo)
Skegness, Cental Cinema (Now Majestic Bingo)
Skegness, Cental Cinema (Now Majestic Bingo)

"A conversion of the 1887 Central Hall, it opened as a cinema on 11th January 1922 ... Part time bingo was introduced in 1956.

Films ceased on Saturday 23 September 1962 ... It became a full-time bingo hall, which continues today"

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/48221 

An entry for the Central Hall in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 :-

"Central Hall (John H. Canning, propr.), Roman bank"

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Cental Cinema, Cental Hall, Majestic Bingo
Skegness, Cricket Club
Skegness, Cricket Club
Skegness, Cricket Club

"Skegness Cricket and Supporters Club has a long, rich and colourful history, and we have been in existence since at least 1877 ...

That it is in existence at all owes a lot to the 9th Earl of Scarborough who was instrumental in developing it, along with much of the town of Skegness" 

http://www.skegnesscc.co.uk/aboutus.html 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"There are Cricket and Lawn Tennis Grounds near the station, about 9 acres in extent, and adjoining on the south side are the Camp and Recreation Grounds, on which several regiments usually encamp each summer"

Also

"Skegness Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club (Bertram D. Foster, sec)"

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Cricket Club
Skegness, Embassy Theatre
Skegness, Embassy Theatre
Skegness, Embassy Theatre

"First known as the Piazza, the Embassy has been located on Skegness' Grand Parade since 1926, comprising a dance hall and an area for an orchestra to play live music.

The venue was destroyed by a storm in 1978 and in 1982 was refurbished as the Embassy Centre, then again in 1999"

https://www.list.co.uk/place/54593-embassy-theatre-skegness/ 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Embassy Theatre, Piazza
Skegness, Fairy Dell Fountain
Skegness, Fairy Dell Fountain
Skegness, Fairy Dell Fountain

The Fairy Dell Fountain was part of a large complex of landscape and water features created along the front at Skegness between Grand Parade and the beach.

These attractions included areas for paddling and bathing as well as a boating lake and waterway.

Undated postcard

Skegness, Fairy Dell, Fountain, foreshore, Grand Parade,
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre

A frosty view of the Visitor Centre before it was flooded following a tidal surge in December 2013 - the damage led to its subsequent demolition. 

DB 18 December 2010

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre viewed from the east - across a carpet of Sea-Lavender (Limonium Vulgare) flowers.

The centre was badly damaged by a tidal surge in December 2013 and was subsequently demolished. 

DB 1 August 2010

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre

New Visitor Centre officially opened October 2016 but as the image shows was actually in use prior to that date.

"The spectacular new £1m building replaces the former Visitor Centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013.

The new building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding"

https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/news/simon-king-officially-open-new-gibraltar-point-visitor-centre 

DB 16 June 2016

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier

Skegness pier was built in 1881 and was the fourth longest in England at 1843ft (562m).

The seaward end of the pier boasted a fine pavilion and concert hall.

Popular steamship pleasure trips across the Wash to Hunstanton on the Norfolk coast operated from a landing stage nearby.

Postcard, 1912

Skegness, pier, steamers,
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier

A severe storm on the night of 11/12 January 1978 destroyed almost half of the pier.

The concert hall was demolished some years later and little now remains of the original structure.

Ken Redmore, 2004

Skegness, pier, storm damage,
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier

The exceptional length of Skegness Pier - over one-third of a mile - can be appreciated in this unusual view of Skegness pier, looking from the pier head towards the land.

Undated postcard

Skegness, pier,
Skegness, Tower Cinema
Skegness, Tower Cinema
Skegness, Tower Cinema

"Built and opened by local exhibitor Fred Clements, the Tower Cinema opened on 27th March 1922"

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/25355 

DB 30 October 2019 

Skegness, Tower Cinema, Fred Clements
Spalding, Savoy Cinema
Spalding, Savoy Cinema
Spalding, Savoy Cinema

Art Deco building situated on the south side of Westlode Street.

"Originally opened in as the Savoy cinema in June 1937, the building was converted into a bingo club in 1970"

https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/eyes-down-at-new-look-regent-bingo-in-spalding-9046787/ 

DB 2 October 2019

Spalding, Savoy cinema, Regent Bingo
Sutton on Sea, Foreshore Shelters
Sutton on Sea, Foreshore Shelters
Sutton on Sea, Foreshore Shelters

Sutton on Sea (originally Sutton le Marsh) was a popular bathing place, with accommodation for visitors, as early as the eighteenth century.

Despite the large increase in trippers brought by the tramway from Alford and the train via the Willoughby-Mablethorpe loop, Sutton remained relatively quiet.

Shelters, like these modern concrete shells near the sea front, allow visitors to sit quietly and enjoy the sea air.

Sutton On Sea, foreshore shelters
Waddington, Air Display
Waddington, Air Display
Waddington, Air Display

From 1995 to 2014 the RAF held an International Airshow at RAF Waddington.

There had been airshows at the same venue for several years in the 1960s to early 1980s, but these were of a more local character.

A highlight of the show would be the Vulcan ‘scramble’, a hugely impressive show of power and noise.

In a quieter vein, a Lancaster bomber of World War 2 vintage from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (seen here) would be on display.

Peter Grey Collection, 1968
Waddington, Air display, Lancaster
Woodhall Spa, Kinema In The Woods
Woodhall Spa, Kinema In The Woods
Woodhall Spa, Kinema In The Woods

The Kinema opened in 1922 following its conversion from a sports pavilion.

The only full time cinema in the UK still using rear projection. A second screen was added in 1994. 

DB 28 December 2017

Woodhall Spa, Kinema