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

Advertised in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 :-

"Tel. No. 194.

Mr. J LEWIS,

Family & Commercial 

Angel Hotel, High Street,

GRANTHAM"

also stated

"Omnibuses from the Angel & Royal & George hotels, to meet all trains"

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Angel & Royal, Hotel
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
Grantham, Baptist Church
Grantham, Baptist Church

Dated 1930 above the south door. 

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

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, Barracks
Grantham, Barracks
Grantham, Barracks

"Circa 1858-72. Possibly by Goddard.

Castellated gothic style"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062467 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, barracks, Sandon Road, Lincolnshire Regiment
Grantham, Barracks
Grantham, Barracks
Grantham, Barracks

Emblem for the Royal South Lincs Militia "RSLM".

Above main entrance to the keep and facing Sandon Road.

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, barracks, Sandon Road, Royal South Lincs Militia, RSLM
Grantham, Barracks Square, Beacon Lane
Grantham, Barracks Square, Beacon Lane
Grantham, Barracks Square, Beacon Lane

"Militia officers' quarters, now houses.

1858, by Henry Goddard, architect, the county surveyor, for the Royal South Lincs Militia Regiment"

"following the Militia Act of 1852, counties were required to construct secure barracks for storing arms and training for the local militia, including accommodation for NCOs" 

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1375585 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, barracks square, Beacon Lane, Henry Goddard, Royal South Lincs Militia 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 Lion & Granby Inns
Grantham, Blue Lion & Granby Inns
Grantham, Blue Lion & Granby Inns

Former Blue Lion and Granby Inns in the northwest corner of Market Place.

Former Blue Lion Inn left "Late C18; Colour-washed brick ... There are many "blue" inns in the town because of the political preferences of Lord Dysart's family"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1261696 

Former Granby Inn right " early C17 origin"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062496  

DB 3 June 2019 

Grantham, Blue Lion Inn, Granby Inn, public house
Grantham, Blue Man
Grantham, Blue Man
Grantham, Blue Man

Former Blue Man public house Westgate. 

"C18. Two storeys and attics"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062446 

DB 12 June 2019

Grantham, Blue Man, 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, Blue Pig Inn, Vine Street
Grantham, Blue Pig Inn, Vine Street
Grantham, Blue Pig Inn, Vine Street

Detail of the inn sign.

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham,
Grantham, Bomb damage
Grantham, Bomb damage
Grantham, Bomb damage

A bombing raid on Grantham (possibly aimed at the Ruston & Hornsby engineering works ) on 24 October 1942 demolished several houses and killed a small number of civilians. This is the view of Stuart Street after the raid.

Photograph by Walter Lee

Grantham, bomb damade world war 2, Stuart Street
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, Castlegate, Blue Plaque, William Stukeley
Grantham, Castlegate, Blue Plaque, William Stukeley
Grantham, Castlegate, Blue Plaque, William Stukeley

"William Stukeley (7 November 1687 – 3 March 1765) was an English antiquarian, physician, and Anglican clergyman.

A significant influence on the later development of archaeology, he pioneered the scholarly investigation of the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire.

He published over twenty books on archaeology and other subjects during his lifetime"

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

DB 12 December 2018

Grantham, Castlegate, Blue Plaque, William Stukeley
Grantham, Castlegate, Blue Plaque, William Stukeley
Grantham, Castlegate, Blue Plaque, William Stukeley
Grantham, Castlegate, Blue Plaque, William Stukeley

Blue plaque erected by Grantham Civic Society.

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

DB 12 December 2018

Grantham, Castlegate, Blue Plaque, William Stukeley
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel

Referring to New Somerby, Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1885 states :-

"The cemetery for Grantham, Spittlegate, Houghton and Walton and Manthorpe-cum-Little Gonerby, which was opened on May 1st, 1857, is almost entirely in this district, and covers an area of 9 acres, 3 of which were added in 1872; the total cost was about £7,200, inclusive of two mortuary chapels connected by an archway.

The cemetery is under the control of a Burial board of 20 members, to which the parish of Grantham contributes 9 members, Spittlegate 7, and Little Gonerby 4.

The inhabitants of New Somerby have the right to bury here on payment of double fees"

The cemetery is on Harrowby Road.

DB 8 January 2019

Grantham Cemetery Chapel, Harrowby Road
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel

Another view of the chapel which is unfortunately no longer in use.

Grantham Crematorium is located a little further uphill to the east. 

DB 8 January 2019

Grantham Cemetery Chapel, Harrowby Road
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel, Harrowby Road
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel, Harrowby Road
Grantham, Cemetery Chapel, Harrowby Road

Chapel at the cemetery in Harrowby Road, built 1857.

Peter Kirk Collecion, 1991

Grantham, Harrowby Road chapel
Grantham, Cemetery, Richard Hornsby
Grantham, Cemetery, Richard Hornsby
Grantham, Cemetery, Richard Hornsby

Hornsby family memorials with Richard Hornsby (1790–1864) founder of the firm Richard Hornsby & Sons on the left

"Richard Hornsby & Sons was an engine and machinery manufacturer in Lincolnshire, England from 1828 until 1918.

The company was a pioneer in the manufacture of the oil engine developed by Herbert Akroyd Stuart, which was marketed under the Hornsby-Akroyd name.

The company developed an early track system for vehicles, selling the patent to Holt & Co. (predecessor to Caterpillar Inc.) in America.

In 1918, Richard Hornsby & Sons became a subsidiary of the neighbouring engineering firm Rustons of Lincoln, to create Ruston & Hornsby"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Hornsby_%26_Sons 

DB 8 January 2019

Grantham, Cemetery, Richard Hornsby, Herbert Akroyd Stuart, Holt & Co, Caterpillar, Ruston
Grantham, Cemetery, War Memorial
Grantham, Cemetery, War Memorial
Grantham, Cemetery, War Memorial

Memorial to both World Wars.

DB 8 January 2019

Grantham, Cemetery, War Memorial
Grantham, Chambers & Co, Ladies & Children's Outfitters
Grantham, Chambers & Co, Ladies & Children's Outfitters
Grantham, Chambers & Co, Ladies & Children's Outfitters

Advert appearing in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919.

The image shows Chambers shop at 10 High Street. The premises are now 2019 occupied by Yorkshire Bank.

Grantham, A.Chambers & Co
Grantham, Church Trees
Grantham, Church Trees
Grantham, Church Trees

Handsome "Early C19. 3-storey" house near to St Wulfram's Church.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062520 

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Church Trees, house
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
Grantham, Congregational Church
Grantham, Congregational Church

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/ 

The church is on Castlegate.

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Congregational Church, Alive Church
Grantham, Curteis Place
Grantham, Curteis Place
Grantham, Curteis Place

Local signage states "Across the road from the Angel & Royal Hotel is a curious survival above the rounded window on the corner of the building.

The plaque explains that "In 1494 in the 9th year of the reign of Henry 7th Richard Curteis of Grantham, Merchant by deed of enfeofment, Granted his will in 1508 to the commonality of Grantham a piece of land called the common plot situated in Spitalgate containing about eight acres also some houses to which one was added by purchase in 1635 when the whole with the exception of the two on the North, were taken down and on their site this and the three intermediate ones erected"

The money collected as rent from these houses and land was used as income for the master at the school - the present King's School, and Richard Curteis still gives his name to one of the houses at the school.

The site of the present building was known in the 1790s as Cole Hill where coal was delivered via the the Great North Road (our present High Street) and sold from here"

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Curteis Plaque, Watergate
Grantham, Curteis Place
Grantham, Curteis Place
Grantham, Curteis Place

Detail of the plaque which is set in a middle C19 building.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062493 

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Curteis Plaque, Watergate
Grantham, Dawson's Almhouses, Brook Street
Grantham, Dawson's Almhouses, Brook Street
Grantham, Dawson's Almhouses, Brook Street

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"Dawson's Almshouses, Brook street, Little Gonerby, were erected in 1862 by the trustees of the charity left by the will of George Dawson in 1662;

these are for ten poor and aged persons, each of whom receives 6s. weekly;

the income is derived from a farm at Gosberton"

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Dawsons Almhouses, charity
Grantham, Dawson's Almhouses, Brook Street
Grantham, Dawson's Almhouses, Brook Street
Grantham, Dawson's Almhouses, Brook Street

The tablet appears to read

"ERECTED A.D. 1862 BY THE TRUSTEES OF THE CHARITY LEFT IN THE WILL OF GEORGE DAWSON A.D. 1662"

DB 30 January 2019 

 

Grantham, Dawsons Almhouses, charity
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

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

See other images of this church 

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 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
Grantham, George Centre, 62 High Street
Grantham, George Centre, 62 High Street

"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, Advertisement
Grantham, George Hotel, Advertisement
Grantham, George Hotel, Advertisement
Advert appearing in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1905.
Grantham, George Hotel
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, Grantham House
Grantham, Grantham House
Grantham, Grantham House

"Dating from C14, remodelled and added to in C16 (chimney stack dated 1574). South front redesigned circa 1735 ... Once called Hall Place, after Hall family who occupied house in C16 and C18 occupied by members of Cust family. Recently handed over to National Trust"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062508 

Viewed from St Wulfram's churchyard.

DB 4 May 2019 

Grantham, Grantham House
Grantham, Grantham Journal
Grantham, Grantham Journal
Grantham, Grantham Journal

"Grantham's local newspaper, the Grantham Journal, first went on sale in 1854 as The Grantham Journal of Useful, Instructive and Entertaining Knowledge and Monthly Advertiser, which was shortened to its current name a few years later.

It was founded by Henry Escritt, a Yorkshire man by birth who moved to the area in 1861 ...

David Wood CBE (1914–1990), former political editor of The Times (working under Sir William Haley), started out at the Grantham Journal"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grantham#Grantham_Journal 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Journal, newspaper, Henry Escritt, David Wood
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill

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

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The Guildhall and Police Station, St. Peter's hill, erected in 1869, is a structure of brick with stone facings, in a mixed Renaissance style, with a clock turret:

it includes a sessions-hall, magistrates' retiring room and mayor's parlour, and an assembly room, 60 feet long by 30 wide, behind which are two ante-rooms; the police station and hall keeper's residence are attached to the building on the south side, and on the north side are other official residences and offices"

The building is now the Guildhall Arts Centre and home to the Mayor's Parlour.

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Guildhall, Mayor's Parlour
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill

Royal arms over the arms of Grantham Borough displayed in the Guildhall.

DB 29 October 2019

Grantham, Guildhall, Royal Arms
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Guildhall, St Peter's Hill

A portrait displayed on the main staircase.

"CATHERINE MANNERS LADY HUNTINGTOWER 1766 - 1852, Wife of Sir William Tollemache, Mother of Frederick Tollemache MP. whose statue stands on St. Peter's Hill, Grantham" 

DB 2 January 2019

Grantham, Guildhall, CATHERINE MANNERS LADY HUNTINGTOWER
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, High Street No's 11 & 12
Grantham, High Street No's 11 & 12
Grantham, High Street No's 11 & 12

No. 11 "Probably C17 origin. Two storeys and attics in coursed rubble with stone slate roof ... Fire plaque". 

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062487 

No. 12 Georgian brick with pantile roof.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062488 

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, High Street No. 11 No. 12
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, Hospital
Grantham, Hospital
Grantham, Hospital

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The Grantham Hospital, for in-patients only, on the Manthorpe road, about half a mile north of the town, is a building of stone in the Gothic style, erected in 1874-5, at a cost of £5,000, on a site given by Right Hon. the Earl Brownlow, and was opened by Lady Brownlow in January, 1875:

the building contains twenty-eight beds in the main block and an isolation ward:

in 1888 a children's ward was erected by subscription at a cost of £500, and in 1907-8 extensions and improvements were made at a cost of over £1,800:

since 1883, patients except in certain specified cases, have been admitted free of charge"

Building is currently in very poor condition and has been surrounded by temporary fencing to keep people out. 

DB 4 May 2019

Grantham, Hospital
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, Infants School
Grantham, Infants School
Grantham, Infants School

A school marked here, at the junction between Finkin Street and Castlegate, on the OS 25 inch map published 1904.

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Infants School
Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School
Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School
Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' 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, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School
Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School
Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School

"Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, built in 1910 to the designs of H. H. Dunn"

"Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School (KGGS) opened in 1910 as a fee-paying girls’ grammar school to cater for the education of Grantham’s growing population.

It was designed by Herbert Henry Dunn of Lincoln who appears to have specialised in school buildings.

He made additions in 1904-8 to the De Aston Comprehensive School in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, and to the County School for Boys in Cambridge, and he also designed the Shire Hall in Cambridge (1931-2)"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1412888  

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, Sandon Road
Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School
Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School
Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"Kesteven & Grantham Girls' Secondary School was erected on a site of the barracks field in 1910, at a cost of £10,400; Miss H. Gladys Williams M.A. head mistress"

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, Sandon Road
Grantham, King's Arms (Blue Ram), Westgate
Grantham, King's Arms (Blue Ram), Westgate
Grantham, King's Arms (Blue Ram), Westgate

King's Arms formerly known as the Blue Ram Inn.

"Two buildings under continuous roof. Early C19 to late C18"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062443 

Listed in White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 :-

"Blue Ram, Wm. Green, Westgate"

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, King's Arms, Blue Ram Inn, Public House
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

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, 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, Advertisement
Grantham, King's School, Advertisement
Grantham, King's School, Advertisement
Advert appearing in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1913.
Grantham, King's School, advertisement
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, Lee and Grinling's Maltings
Grantham, Lee and Grinling's Maltings
Grantham, Lee and Grinling's Maltings

Former Lee and Grinling's Maltings.

"Maltings. 1860. Built for Robert Lee, and eventually owned from 1894 by Lee & Grinling of Grantham. Kilns partially re-built after Second World War bomb damage"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360791 

DB 2 January 2019

Grantham, Lee and Grinling's Maltings
Grantham, Malthouse
Grantham, Malthouse
Grantham, Malthouse

This is one of several malthouses between Commercial Road and Brewery Hill shown on the OS 25 inch map published 1888.

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

It is now The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

DB 3 June 2019


Grantham,
Grantham, Malting / Dental Practice, Commercial Road
Grantham, Malting / Dental Practice, Commercial Road
Grantham, Malting / Dental Practice, Commercial Road

One of several malthouses between Commercial Road and Brewery Hill shown on the OS 25 inch map published 1888.

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

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire mentions

"Haynes Thomas, maltster, Commercial road"

"Lee & Grinling, maltsters, Brewery hill; Springfield rd. ; Bridge End road; Welham street & Gonerby Hill foot"

"Mowbray & Co. Limited, brewers & maltsters & mineral water manufacturers, Commercial road & London road & wine, spirit & cigar merchants, Finkin street" 

Now a dental practice. 

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Malting, Dental Practice, Commercial Road
Grantham, Maltings
Grantham, Maltings
Grantham, Maltings

Former maltings off Wharf Road restored in 1989.

DB 4 December 2018

Grantham, Maltings
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, Arthur Blissett
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, Arthur Blissett
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, Arthur Blissett

Blue Plaque placed by the Grantham Civic Society at the birth place of Arthur Harry Blissett a Royal Marine who volunteered for service on Scott's British Antarctic Expedition 1901-04.

Holder of the Polar Medal (silver).

https://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/shackleton/biographies/Blissett,_Arthur_Harry/

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Arthur Harry Blissett, Blue Plaque, Antarctic, Royal Marine, Explorer
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, Arthur Blissett
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, Arthur Blissett
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, Arthur Blissett

"BIRTH PLACE OF ARTHUR HARRY BLISSETT 1878-1955

ROYAL MARINE AND ANTARCTIC EXPLORER DISCOVERY EXPEDITION WITH CAPT. ROBERT FALCON SCOTT 1901-1904"

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Arthur Harry Blissett, Blue Plaque, Antarctic, Royal Marine, Explorer
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, William Wand
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, William Wand
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, William Wand

Birthplace of William Wand.

"John William Charles Wand, KCVO, PC (25 January 1885 – 16 August 1977) was an English Anglican bishop.

He was the Archbishop of Brisbane in Australia before returning to England to become the Bishop of Bath and Wells before becoming the Bishop of London"

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

DB 22 February 2020

Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, William Wand
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, William Wand
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, William Wand
Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, William Wand

Blue Plaque placed by the Grantham Civic Society. 

"WILLIAM WAND 1885 -1977

JOHN WILLIAM WAND LIVED HERE.

ARCHBISHOP OF BRISBANE 1934 - 1943

BISHOP OF LONDON 1945 - 1955

HIS BISHOP'S CROZIER IS IN ST. WULFRAM'S CHURCH"

DB 22 February 2020

Grantham, Manthorpe Rd, Blue Plaque, William Wand
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, Methodist Church, Harrowby Lane
Grantham, Methodist Church, Harrowby Lane
Grantham, Methodist Church, Harrowby Lane

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

"GRANTHAM, SIGNAL ROAD WM 130/92.36. Opened on the 7.1.1932, using an old army hut, it closed on the 9.9.1950 and the materials used for Harrowby Lane Church (see below). 

GRANTHAM, HARROWBY LANE. - - 130/928366 A temporary building was opened on the 4.10.1951 at the corner of Harrowby Lane and Princess Drive. A permanent church was opened on the 14.12.1963 and is still in use with a membership of 98"

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Harrowby Lane, Methodist Church
Grantham, Montanari Court, Blue Plaque, Madam Montanari
Grantham, Montanari Court, Blue Plaque, Madam Montanari
Grantham, Montanari Court, Blue Plaque, Madam Montanari

Blue Plaque placed by the Grantham Civic Society at Montanari Court, Avenue Road near the site of Madam Montanari's childhood home.

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

Madam Montanari was born Charlotte Augusta Dalton, in Grantham, the daughter of the landlord of the Nag’s Head, and later achieved fame as a wax doll maker.

Medal winner at the the Great Exhibition in 1851.

https://www.granthammatters.co.uk/montanari-augusta-gvvv/ 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Montanari Court, Blue Plaque, Augusta Montanari, Doll, wax
Grantham, Montanari Court, Blue Plaque, Madam Montanari
Grantham, Montanari Court, Blue Plaque, Madam Montanari
Grantham, Montanari Court, Blue Plaque, Madam Montanari

"MADAME AUGUSTA MONTANARI 1818 -1864

PIONEER MAKER OF WAX DOLLS LIVED AT 9 AVENUE ROAD AND WAS BORN IN GRANTHAM AS AUGUSTA DALTON.

SHE GAVE HER MARRIED NAME TO A PARTICULARLY FINE TYPE OF POURED WAX DOLLS"

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Montanari Court, Blue Plaque, Augusta Montanari, Doll, wax
Grantham, Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Grantham Brewery
Grantham, Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Grantham Brewery
Grantham, Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Grantham Brewery

Remains of Mowbray & Co's brewery viewed from Brewery Hill - the works extended between Commercial Road and Brewery Hill.

The entry in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 reads :-

"Mowbray & Co. Limited, brewers & maltsters & mineral water manufacturers, Commercial road & London road & wine, spirit & cigar merchants, Finkin street"

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Brewery, Brewery Hill
Grantham, Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Grantham Brewery
Grantham, Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Grantham Brewery
Grantham, Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Grantham Brewery

Remains of Mowbray & Co's brewery viewed from Brewery Hill - the works extended between Commercial Road and Brewery Hill.

Brewing ceased in 1964.

http://breweryhistory.com/wiki/index.php?title=Mowbray_%26_Co._Ltd 

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Mowbray & Co. Ltd, Brewery, Brewery Hill
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, Museum, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Museum, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Museum, St Peter's Hill

"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, 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, Nicholas Parsons
Grantham, Nicholas Parsons
Grantham, Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons birthplace 1 Castlegate, Grantham where his father Paul was a general practitioner whose patients included the family of Margaret Thatcher.

"Christopher Nicholas Parsons CBE (10 October 1923 – 28 January 2020) was an English actor, straight man and radio and television presenter.

He was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show Just a Minute and hosted the game show Sale of the Century during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Parsons was born and grew up in Grantham, Lincolnshire, and was educated at St Paul's School, London.

He became a full-time actor following the Second World War and began appearing in various theatre, film and television roles, including support to Arthur Haynes.

He began presenting Just a Minute in 1967 and never missed a show until 2018.

In addition to his well-known roles on this and Sale of the Century, he appeared as a guest on other television shows, including Doctor Who and Have I Got News for You"

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

DB 22 February 2020 

Grantham, Nicholas Parsons, Actor
Grantham, Old Bank
Grantham, Old Bank
Grantham, Old Bank

"Mid C19. Bank architecture"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1288964

Now The Old Bank public house. 

Barclays Bank was at 55 High Street and Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1930 has "Barclays Bank Ltd. (branch) (Herbert John Bullivant, mngr.) ; open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. except thurs. 9 to 12 noon & sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 55 High st. (T N 14) ; Head office, 54 Lombard st E C 32"

And

"On the site of the old Town Hall, which formerly stood in High street, are now the premises of Barclays Bank Limited"

DB 12 June 2019

Grantham, Old Bank, punblic house, Barclays Bank
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, Broad Street
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broad Street
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broad Street

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

"Opened on the 4.7.1886 and the last service was held on the 5.7.1964.

It is still standing and in use by the Boy Scouts"

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broad Street
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broad Street
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broad Street
Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broad Street

Date stone reading 

"Primitive Methodist 1886" 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Broad Street
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, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks
Grantham, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks
Grantham, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks
The barracks were established, on the site of the former RAF Spitalgate airbase, in October 1976, as the new Central Volunteer Headquarters for the Royal Corps of Transport.
 
The barracks were formally named after Prince William of Gloucester at a ceremony held in March 1977 led by Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester ...
 
The barracks remain the home of Headquarters Royal Logistic Corps Army Reserve and of the Army Training Regiment (Grantham) which provides phase one training to Army Reserve Recruits"
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_William_of_Gloucester_Barracks 
 
DB 2 March 2020 
Grantham, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks
Grantham, Railway Accident
Grantham, Railway Accident
Grantham, Railway Accident

Postcard published by W.R.C. Wheeler, Bon Marche, Grantham.

"The Grantham rail accident occurred on 19 September 1906.

An evening Sleeping-Car and Mail train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley hauled by Ivatt 'Atlantic' No 276 derailed, killing 14.

The accident was never explained; the train ran through Grantham station, where it was scheduled to stop, and derailed on a set of points on a sharp curve at the end of the platform, which at the time had been set for a freight train.

No reason was ever established as to why the train did not stop as scheduled, or obey the Caution and Danger signals.

Rolt (1956) described it as "the railway equivalent of the mystery of the Marie [sic] Celeste""

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

Grantham, Railway Accident, Ivatt 'Atlantic' No 276
Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station

"The original station at Grantham (Old Wharf) was opened when the Ambergate, Nottingham, Boston & Eastern Junction Railway opened its line from Nottingham on 15 July 1850.

This line was taken over by the Great Northern Railway in 1854.

This was replaced by the present station which opened on 1 August 1852; the Old Wharf station closed the following day"

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

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station

British Rail Class 43 InterCity 125 High Speed Train No. 43290 in LNER livery arriving at Platform 1.

"The class is officially the fastest diesel locomotive in the world, with an absolute maximum speed of 148 mph (238 km/h), and a regular service speed of 125 mph (201 km/h)"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_43_(HST)

43290 seems to have been renumbered from 43090 on 31/12/2006.

http://www.railuk.info/diesel/getloco.php?item=%2043290 

Virgin Trains East Coast was rebranded as London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 2018.

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Railway Station, InterCity 125 High Speed Train, 43290
Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station

Two Class 180 trains.

Hull Trains Locomotive No. 180111, with the blue and yellow livery, stationary at Platform No. 1.

Grand Central Locomotive No. 180102, with the black and yellow livery, travelling through Platform No. 2 at speed.

The Class 180 is a British diesel-hydraulic multiple-unit train built by Alstom at Washwood Heath in Birmingham between 2000 and 2001.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_180 

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Railway Station, Class 180 diesel-hydraulic multiple-unit train
Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station
Grantham, Railway Station

British Rail Class 158 Express Sprinter No.158788 arriving at Platform 4.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_158 

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Railway Station, Class 158 Express Sprinter, 158788
Grantham, Railway Station, Mast
Grantham, Railway Station, Mast
Grantham, Railway Station, Mast

A blue plaque fixed to this mast states :-

"THIS MAST, THE 10,000TH ON THE EAST COAST MAIN LINE ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT, WAS "PLANTED" HERE AT GRANTHAM ON WEDNESDAY 15TH OCTOBER, 1986, BY THE RT. HON. JOHN MOORE, M.P., SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRANSPORT"

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Railway Station, Mast, John Moore
Grantham, Railway Station, Mast
Grantham, Railway Station, Mast
Grantham, Railway Station, Mast

Blue plaque fixed to the 10,000th mast during the East Coast Main Line electrification project.

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

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Railway Station, Mast
Grantham, Salvation Army Citadel, London Road
Grantham, Salvation Army Citadel, London Road
Grantham, Salvation Army Citadel, London Road

Reported in the Grantham Journal 13 May 2015 that

"The Salvation Army has said farewell to its home in the Citadel on London Road in Grantham after 120 years of worship.

The local Salvation Army church has moved into its new home at The Old Barracks in Sandon Road.

The local organisation could no longer afford the upkeep of the Citadel, where it had been based since 1896, and said its final farewells at the weekend"

http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/salvation-army-moves-into-new-grantham-home-1-6742930/ 

DB 12 December 2018

Grantham, Salvation Army Citadel, London Road
Grantham, Salvation Army Citadel, London Road
Grantham, Salvation Army Citadel, London Road
Grantham, Salvation Army Citadel, London Road

One of a number of foundation stones.

DB 12 December 2018 

Grantham, Salvation Army Citadel, London 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 Anne, New Somerby, Harrowby Road
Grantham, St Anne, New Somerby, Harrowby Road
Grantham, St Anne, New Somerby, Harrowby Road

Originally an iron mission church.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1885 states :-

"The iron mission church of St. Anne was erected in 1884, at a cost of £600, and will seat 350 persons"

The present building dates from 1906 and Pevsner states "St Anne, New Somerby. 1906-7 by B.H. Tarrant, in a thin Perp style. Broad, low interior with four-bay arcades. Chancel added 1963 by Bond & Read, the e wall reminiscent of the baptistery at Coventry Cathedral"

DB 8 January 2019

Grantham, St Anne, New Somerby, iron mission church, B.H. Tarrant, Bond & Read
Grantham, St Anne, New Somerby, Harrowby Road
Grantham, St Anne, New Somerby, Harrowby Road
Grantham, St Anne, New Somerby, Harrowby Road

The original iron mission church was replaced by the present building in 1906.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states 

"NEW SOMERBY, adjoining Spittlegate, is a populous portion of the borough of Grantham.

In January, 1910 it was formed into an ecclesiastical parish, from Somerby, Grantham and Spittlegate.

The church of St. Anne, erected in 1906, is an edifice of red brick, consisting of nave and aisles, and will seat 520 persons.

The register dates from the year 1910.

The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £200, in the gift of the Bishop of Lincoln, and held since 1910 by the Rev. Edwin Millard"

Church is located immediately next door to Grantham Cemetery.

DB 8 January 2019

Grantham, St Anne, New Somerby, church, Harrowby Road
Grantham, St John the Evangelist
Grantham, St John the Evangelist
Grantham, St John the Evangelist

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 the Evangelist
Grantham, St John the Evangelist
Grantham, St John the Evangelist

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 John the Evangelist
Grantham, St John the Evangelist
Grantham, St John the Evangelist

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The church of St. John the Evangelist, in Spittlegate, erected in 1840-1, is a building of stone in the Early English Lancet style, designed by Salvin, and consists of chancel, nave of four bays, aisles, transepts and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing one bell:

in 1883-4 the edifice was restored and enlarged by the extension of both aisles and the rebuilding of the chancel, the interior being also entirely reseated; the total cost was £3,060, one-sixth of which was defrayed by James Hornsby esq. and the rest by subscription:

the organ was erected in 1871 and subsequently enlarged:

there are sittings for 1,000 persons.

The register dates from the year 1842.

The living is a vicarage, with residence, net yearly value £400, including 1 acre of glebe, in the gift of the vicar of Grantham and held since 1916 by the Rev. Harold Emmet Stancliffe M.A. of Trinity College, Oxford"

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church
Grantham, St John the Evangelist
Grantham, St John the Evangelist
Grantham, St John the Evangelist

"Church. 1840-1, extended 1883-4. 83 x 53 feet. Ancaster stone.

Architect A. Salvin, built by local firm of Wilson and Collingwood under patronage of Lady Brownlow and with a contribution from Queen Adelaide 1840-41"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1253742 

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church, Salvin, Wilson and Collingwood, Queen Adelaide
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Chancel
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Chancel
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Chancel

The chancel was rebuilt in 1883-4.

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John the Evangelist, Chancel
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Chancel, Sanctuary
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Chancel, Sanctuary
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Chancel, Sanctuary

More detailed view of the sanctuary.

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Narthex
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Narthex
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Narthex

Unusual for a screen like this to be positioned at the west end of the nave.

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church, screen
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave

Looking east towards the chancel.

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave

Looking west towards the screen and tower arch.

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Pulpit
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Pulpit
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, Nave, Pulpit

C19 pulpit and tester at the east end of the nave.

Organ can be seen behind in the north aisle. 

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, North Aisle
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, North Aisle
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, North Aisle

Looking east towards the organ.

A brass plaque on the organ states " This organ was built in 1871 by Foster and Andrews and restored in 1971"

"Forster and Andrews. British organ building company, was formed by James Alderson Forster (1818–1886) and Joseph King Andrews (1820–1896), who had been employees of the London organ builder J. C. Bishop.

They opened the business that bore their name in Hull in 1843.

The business developed and became one of the most successful of the North of England organ builders.

The business was taken over by John Christie in 1924 and finally wound up in 1956.

As well as their Hull headquarters, the company had branches in London and York"

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

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church, North Aisle, organ
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle

Looking east towards the font and St George's Chapel.

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church, South Aisle
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle, Font
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle, Font
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle, Font

C19 font and cover.

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church, Font
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle, St George's Chapel
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle, St George's Chapel
Grantham, St John the Evangelist, South Aisle, St George's Chapel

"St. George's chapel in south transept - war memorial and has 5 lancet windows with stained glass of 1911 by Archibald Nicholson of Lincoln's Inn - a copy of C14 glass at Chartres"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1253742 

Three of the lancets visible in this image. 

DB 11 March 2019

Grantham, Saint John, Church, South Aisle, war memorial, Archibald Nicholson
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church

Pevsner comments that :-

"ST MARY (R.C.), North Parade.

Little more than the façade of E.J.Willson's building of 1832 survives.

Classical, ashlar-faced.

A kind of tower almost completely engaged by the nave walls.

Bell-turret with circular bell-openings and cupola.

The rest is enveloped by extensions and re-ordering by Gerard Goalen, 1966.

The altar, now facing N, is set in a big canted apse with large arched windows high up.

The chancel of the old church has become the baptistery.

To the s a much less fortunate flat-roofed entrance lobby linking the church to the C 18 presbytery"

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church

Looking north towards the altar.

Pevsner comments that :- 

"The altar, now facing N, is set in a big canted apse with large arched windows high up." 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church

Looking west towards the baptistery.

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church

Looking east towards the organ.

"Evidence suggests that the altar originally faced east (the entrance end) but that this was reversed after refurbishment in 1884 and the addition of a western apse.

The next major change came in 1964-5 when Gerard Goalen removed the north wall and extended in that direction, turning the focus of the church through ninety degrees with the altar on the north side"

http://taking-stock.org.uk/Home/Dioceses/Diocese-of-Nottingham/Grantham-St-Mary-the-Immaculate 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church

More detailed view of the altar and sanctuary.

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church

More detailed view of the baptistery now located in the western apse.

The apse was added in 1884 to house the altar but in 1964-5 Gerard Goalen removed the north wall and extended in that direction, turning the focus of the church through ninety degrees with the altar on the north side"

http://taking-stock.org.uk/Home/Dioceses/Diocese-of-Nottingham/Grantham-St-Mary-the-Immaculate 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church

South facing stained glass window directly opposite the altar.

Depicts the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School

The school is physically linked to the presbytery and church.

"A school was built in 1833 and rebuilt in 1859. The school was relocated to a more distant site in 1928"

http://taking-stock.org.uk/Home/Dioceses/Diocese-of-Nottingham/Grantham-St-Mary-the-Immaculate 

The entrance to St Mary's Hall 1887 is to the left in this image. 

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School

The school was built in 1833.

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School

School rebuilt in 1859.

DB 9 March 2019

Grantham, St Mary the Immaculate, Roman Catholic Church School
Grantham, St Peter's Hill, Eleanor Cross
Grantham, St Peter's Hill, Eleanor Cross
Grantham, St Peter's Hill, Eleanor Cross

A reminder, set into the wall of the Guild Hall Arts Centre,  that Grantham's Eleanor Cross once stood in St Peter's Hill.

"The Eleanor crosses were a series of twelve tall and lavishly decorated stone monuments topped with crosses, of which three survive nearly intact, in a line down part of the east of England.

King Edward I had the crosses erected between 1291 and 1294 in memory of his wife Eleanor of Castile, marking the nightly resting-places along the route taken when her body was transported to London"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_cross#Grantham 

"No part survives of the Grantham Cross in Lincolnshire, though the records of the 18th-century antiquary, William Stukeley, suggest that it featured Eleanor's coats of arms"

The cross was pulled down c1645 during the English Civil War. 

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, St Peter's Hill, Eleanor Cross
Grantham, St Peter's Hill, Isaac Newton Statue
Grantham, St Peter's Hill, Isaac Newton Statue
Grantham, St Peter's Hill, Isaac Newton Statue

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
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
Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram

White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :-

"GRANTHAM PARISH CHURCH (St. Wulfran) is a spacious and elegant structure, built of durable stone, in the early English and decorated styles of the 13th and 14th centuries ; lighted by large and handsome pointed windows, and having at the west end an elegant tower, rising to the height of 135 feet, and crowned by a beautiful octagonal spire, rising 138 feet, making the height of the weathercock 273 feet.

The edifice was repaired in 1628, at the cost of £1450; and in 1651, the top of the spire was blown down and repaired.

In 1797, the spire was struck by lightning, which displaced one of the stones and broke off several of the crockets.

The tower contains ten bells.

The church is 198 feet in length; of which the nave occupies 108; the chancel, 60; and the tower, 30 feet. It is about 80 feet broad, and divided into three aisles.

The interior is very handsome, and contains a fine-toned organ, with a double front; and many costly monuments, one to the memory of Sir Thos. Bury, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, in the reign of George I.; another to Sir Dudley Ryder, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, in the succeeding reign; a third to Captain Cust, R.N., who fell in the expedition against Port Louis, in 1747; and a fourth to Edmund Turnor, Esq., of Stoke Rochford.

The trustees of Charles Clarke's Charity have recently expended £475 in filling the north-west window with a beautiful display of stained glass, by Wailes, of Newcastle, representing the Adoration and the Worship of the Magi.

The other two western windows have also been recently filled with stained glass, by the same eminent artist, at the expense of the Bradley family. The centre window is in memory of the Rev. Chas. Bradley; and the south-west window is in memory of the late Richard Bradley, Esq., and his family, and was erected by his widow in 1855.

Most of the monuments are in the chancel or "ante church," where there is a spiral staircase, which formerly led to the rood loft.

The font is a beautiful specimen of ancient sculpture, ornamented with statues, niches, crocketted canopies, &c.

In the vestry, is a large library of books, given by the Rev. John Newcome, D.D., Master of St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1763.

Over the south porch is a very ancient library, given by Sir Henry More. From this room a small but beautiful oriel window or hagioscope commands a view of the whole interior of the church.

The crypt, under the south aisle, is the most ancient part of the building, and probably formed part of the church founded here in Saxon times, and rebuilt in the 13th or 14th century"

DB 4 May 2019

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

St Wulfram's church is rectangular with the north and south aisles extending to finish flush with the east end of the chancel.

From left to right the eastern windows of the Lady Chapel, Chancel and Corpus Christi Chapel.

DB 30 January 2019

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

St Wulfram's church viewed from Hall's Hill to the east.

DB 17 December 2020

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

Looking towards the high altar, reredos and east window.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The magnificent wood reredos, erected by subscription in 1833, was produced from designs by the late Sir A. W. ,Blomfield M.A., A.R.A., F .S.A. and is adorned with figures of patriarchs, prophets, kings and apostles, beautifully painted on panels by Mr. C. Floyce :

the reredos and east window cost together £1,800; the former has been enlarged and beautified from designs by Mr. W. T. Tapper, of London, at a further cost of £700"

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, chancel, reredos
Grantham, St Wulfram, Chancel
Grantham, St Wulfram, Chancel
Grantham, St Wulfram, Chancel

Chancel roof decoration. 

Pevsner states "In 1863 Sir G. G. Scott was commissioned to report on the church. He began repairs in 1866 with the renewal of roofs and interior restoration".

DB 28 December 2018

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, chancel
Grantham, St Wulfram, Chancel, Organ
Grantham, St Wulfram, Chancel, Organ
Grantham, St Wulfram, Chancel, Organ

Local signage states "In 1736 John Byfield Snr. erected a three manual organ in Saint Wulfram's Church.

Changes were made to the organ in 1809, 1833 and 1851.

When the church was restored in the 1860s the opportunity was taken to move the organ to its present site.

In 1906 it was completely rebuilt by Norman & Beard and the magnificent oak case by Walter Tapper was provided.

Cousins of Lincoln undertook a reconstruction and enlargement of the organ in 1972.

In 1993 the entire instrument was refurbished by Wood of Huddersfield and a fourth manual, new stops and generals were provided"

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, organ, John Byfield, Norman & Beard, Walter Tapper, Cousins
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, Churchyard, War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, Churchyard, War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, Churchyard, War Memorial

Walter Parker VC (20 September 1881 – 28 November 1936) was born in Grantham.

"On the night of 30 April/1 May 1915 at Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli, Turkey, Lance-Corporal Parker, a volunteer stretcher-bearer, went out with a party of NCOs and men to take ammunition, water and medical stores to an isolated trench containing about 40 men and several wounded.

There were no communication trenches leading to the trench, and several men had already been killed in an attempt to reach it.

After crossing an area of about 400 yards swept by machine-gun and rifle fire, Lance-Corporal Parker was alone, the rest of the party having been killed or wounded.

On his arrival he gave assistance to the wounded and when the trench was finally evacuated early the next morning, he helped to remove and attend the casualties, although he himself was seriously wounded"

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

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Walter Richard Parker, Victoria Cross, War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt

Entrance to the crypt from the chancel.

In 1919 the crypt was entered from the outside, rather that the chancel, and Kelly's Directory states "access is now obtained from the  outside, but an entrance from the chancel, constructed during the Perpendicular period and including a richly ornamented doorway and a flight of stone steps leading down to the crypt, still exists"

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 reads that beneath the Lady Chapel :-

"are two vaulted crypts of the same date, the vaulting being supported in each case by a central pillar;

the easternmost crypt has a stone altar, with an aperture in its front intended to contain relics, possibly those of St. Wulfram, and there is also a piscina"

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt

A second view of the crypt looking back to the west.

Pevsner states "So to the crypt, which is below the s chapel. Access from the chancel is from a strange Perp box like a chantry. It projects into the s chapel.

Perp panelling, the doorway with fleurons in one moulding and an ogee gable.

The crypt itself is of the date of the s chapel. Middle pier of a strange section. Four concave sides and in the diagonals four thin shafts with fillets. Bold single-chamfered ribs making four quadripartite compartments"

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, crypt
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt, Chest
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt, Chest
Grantham, St Wulfram, Crypt, Chest

"The crypt chapel was probably dedicated to the Holy Trinity and was originally entered from outside.

A staircase was built in the 15th century allowing access from the church interior.

The crypt door and chests are the only remaining examples of medieval woodwork in the church"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Wulfram%27s_Church,_Grantham

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, chest
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel

C14 extension of the south aisle.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states the chapel south of the chancel is "dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, was built about 1360 by William Gunthorpe and others, and opens by an arcade into the chancel; three of its original windows, with fine flowing tracery remain, and there is also a piscina ; beneath the chapel are two vaulted crypts of the same date, the vaulting being supported in each case by a central pillar"

DB 4 May 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram Church, Lady Chapel
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel, East Window
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel, East Window
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel, East Window

Stained glass showing the Virgin Mary, with angels below, holding scrolls with names of Christ.

http://www.discoverstwulframs.org.uk/stained-glass-windows.aspx 

Dedicated to "William Glaister, Priest, for 22 years Vicar of Grantham" d.1919.

Designed by C.E.Kempe & Co, and installed in 1920 

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, window, Stained glass, William Glaister, C.E.Kempe & Co
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel, Wulfram 2020
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel, Wulfram 2020
Grantham, St Wulfram, Lady Chapel, Wulfram 2020

Cabinet being prepared to receive the last relic of Wulfram on loan from the Abbot and community of St Wandrille.

Saint Wulfram was Archbishop of Sens and might have died in 720 possibly making 2020 his 1300th anniversary.

"There are two churches dedicated to him in England, at Grantham, Lincolnshire, and Ovingdean, Sussex, and two in France, one at Abbeville, in the département of Somme, the other in Butot, in the département of the Seine Maritime. As a patron saint, he protects against the dangers of the sea"

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

Unfortunately it was not possible for the relic to travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DB 21 January 2020

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, Wulfram 2020
Grantham, St Wulfram, Nave
Grantham, St Wulfram, Nave
Grantham, St Wulfram, Nave

Looking east towards the chancel.

DB 28 December 2018

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, nave
Grantham, St Wulfram, Nave, Font
Grantham, St Wulfram, Nave, Font
Grantham, St Wulfram, Nave, 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, North Aisle, Boer War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Boer War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Boer War Memorial

"The Second Boer War (11 October 1899 – 31 May 1902) was fought between the British Empire and two independent Boer states, the South African Republic (Republic of Transvaal) and the Orange Free State, over the Empire's influence in South Africa.

The trigger of the war was the discovery of diamonds and gold in the Boer states.

The war is also known as the Boer War, Anglo-Boer War, or South African War.

Initial Boer attacks were successful, and although British reinforcements later reversed these, the war continued for years with Boer guerrilla warfare, until harsh British counter-measures including a scorched earth policy brought the Boers to terms" 

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

DB 21 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, South African War Memorial, Boer War
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Illuminated Address
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Illuminated Address
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Illuminated Address

Illuminated address displayed in the north aisle.

"Now therefore We do hereby confer in perpetuity upon the 6th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment the privilege, honour and distinction of Marching through the streets of Grantham on all  ceremonial occasions with Bayonets Fixed, Colours Flying, Drums Beating and Bands Playing"

DB 21 January 2020 

Grantham, Saint Wulfram Church, Illuminated Address Lincolnshire Regiment
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Machine Gun Corps Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Machine Gun Corps Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Machine Gun Corps Memorial

"IN MEMORY OF 160,500 OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE MACHINE GUN CORPS WHO SERVED FROM 1915 TO 1922 SUFFERING 62,049 CASUALTIES"

Members of the Machine Gun Corps were trained in nearby Belton Park. 

DB 3 June 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, Machine Gun Corps Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Middlemore Monument
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Middlemore Monument
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Middlemore Monument

Monument to Elizabeth Middlemore on the wall.

Pevsner states "Mrs Middlemore d. 1701. Tablet with convex inscription plate, three putti above, and columns l. and r., attributed to the circle of William Stanton"

DB 21 January 2020

Grantham, Saint Wulfram Church, Elizabeth Middlemore, monument, William Stanton
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Ryder Monument
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Ryder Monument
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Ryder 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, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Ryder Monument
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Ryder Monument
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, Ryder Monument

Detail from the Ryder Monument.

Inscription on the monument reads "The Right Honble Sr DUDLEY RYDER Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Kings Bench & one of his Majesties most honourable Privy Council.

He was made Solicitor General in 1733. Attorney General in 1736. & Chief Justice of the Kings Bench in 1754.

May 24th 1756. His Majesty was graciously pleased to sign a Warrant for creating him a Peer of Great Britain by the Title of Baron of HARROWBY near this Place. but he died the Day following before. the Patent could pass in the 65th Year of his Age.

He married in 1733 ANNE the Daughter of NATHANIEL NEWNHAM Esqr of STREATHAM in SURRY. by whom he has left NATHANIEL his only Son"

DB 21 January 2020 

Grantham, St Wulfram church, memorial, Sir Dudley Ryder, Henry Cheere
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, War Memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Aisle, War Memorial

"1914-1919 REMEMBER WITH THANKSGIVING THE TRUE AND FAITHFUL MEN WHO, IN THESE YEARS OF WAR, WENT FORTH FROM THIS PLACE FOR GOD AND THE RIGHT. THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO RETURNED NOT AGAIN ARE HERE INSCRIBED TO BE HONOURED FOR EVERMORE R.I.P."

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, war memorial
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Porch
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Porch
Grantham, St Wulfram, North Porch

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1930 states :-

"the noble north porch was not built as a porch, but in connection with the veneration of St. Wulfram's relics, these were in a chamber over a vaulted roof ; this roof has now perished, and the building open from floor to roof, revealing the ruthless hacking away of the Early English canopied doorway necessitated by the construction of this addition to the church ; the two arches, now glazed, were open processional archways"

Now used as a visitor centre. 

DB 28 December 2018

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, north porch
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Capital
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Capital
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Capital

Capital above composite pier in the south aisle.

March 2017


Grantham, St Wulfram
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Hatchment
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Hatchment
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Hatchment

Late eighteenth century hatchment to one of the Manners family.

March 2017

Grantham, St Wulfram church, hatchment
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Hatchments
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Hatchments
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Hatchments

"Five hatchments commemorating Anne, widow of Sir Richard Cust, Bt., who died 29 December 1779, John Manners, illegitimate son of Lord William Manners, William Richard Middlemore of Somerby Hall, who died 7 March 1772, aged 42, John Middlemore of Somerby Hall who died abroad in 1770 and Henry Pennant Esq., born 1713, died unmarried on 31 May 1772 and buried at St Wulfram's on 2 June 1772" 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Wulfram%27s_Church,_Grantham

See also 

http://www.discoverstwulframs.org.uk/heraldry/hatchments.aspx 

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, hatchments
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Mace Stand
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Mace Stand
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Mace Stand

Local signage states "The 18th century wrought iron mace stand is still used on Mayor's Sunday"

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, Church, Mace Stand
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Royal Arms
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Royal Arms
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Royal Arms

"The Stuart Arms, installed at the Restoration and used until 1701, over the borough arms incorporating an oak leaf as a reference to King Charles II"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Wulfram%27s_Church,_Grantham 

Displayed on the south wall. 

DB 23 July 2018

Grantham, Charles II, Coat of Arms
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Royal Arms
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Royal Arms
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Aisle, Royal Arms

"The royal arms are those of Queen Elizabeth I, with the motto VIVAT REGINA over the arms of the Grantham Borough used between 1405 and 1603"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Wulfram%27s_Church,_Grantham 

Displayed on the south wall. 

DB 23 July 2018

Grantham Borough, Elizabeth I, Coat of Arms
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Porch
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Porch
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Porch

South porch c1350 with chained library in the chamber above.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1930 states " the chained library - one of the five remaining in England - was given in 1598 and housed in a chamber over the south porch ; the library is carefully catalogued and cared for ; the chamber itself was a priest's living room and contains a washing place and fireplace".

DB 4 May 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, porch, chained library
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Porch, Chained Library
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Porch, Chained Library
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Porch, 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, South Porch, Chained Library, View
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Porch, Chained Library, View
Grantham, St Wulfram, South Porch, Chained Library, View

View from the chained library across the church with a door leading into the north porch directly opposite.

DB 4 May 2019

Grantham, St Wulfram, Church
Grantham, St Wulfram, Theft of Communion Plate
Grantham, St Wulfram, Theft of Communion Plate
Grantham, St Wulfram, Theft of Communion Plate

Local signage states "This ancient chest was used to store the Church's valuables and the Corporation records. It was from this chest, which used to be kept in the crypt, that the church silver was stolen in 1808". 

DB 30 January 2019

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church, chest
Grantham, St Wulfram, Theft of Communion Plate
Grantham, St Wulfram, Theft of Communion Plate
Grantham, St Wulfram, Theft of Communion Plate

Notice from 1808 now displayed in the chained library offering a reward of 100 guineas.

DB 2 July 2018

Grantham, Saint Wulfram, church
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, Tollemache Statue, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Tollemache Statue, St Peter's Hill
Grantham, Tollemache Statue, St Peter's Hill

Detail showing the inscription.

DB 29 October 2019

Grantham, Hon Frederick James Tollemache, Statue, Dysart, George Simonds
Grantham, Vicarage
Grantham, Vicarage
Grantham, Vicarage

Located in Church Street directly opposite St Wulfram's Church. 

"Built in 1789 by John Langwith at a cost of £801 12s. 0d."

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062518 

The garden wall and gates to the vicarage are also listed features.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1213504 

Viewed from St Wulfram's churchyard. 

DB 21 January 2020

Grantham, Vicarage, John Langwith
Grantham, Vine House
Grantham, Vine House
Grantham, Vine House

"1764, probably by the local Architect John Langwith, who designed the Vicarage"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360248 

Now in use as a Doctor's surgery.

DB 29 October 2019

Grantham, Vine House
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, Westgate Hall, Corn Exchange
Grantham, Westgate Hall, Corn Exchange
Grantham, Westgate Hall, Corn Exchange

"Rain-water Head 1852, former Corn Exchange"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062439 

One of two corn exchanges in the town. 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states "The Westgate Hall, 66 feet by 40, was erected in 1852, at a cost of about £6,000, in £10 shares, and became the property of the Exchange Hall Company in 1872, but now belongs to Lord Dysart and is let by him on lease, together with the market tolls, to the Town Council.

The building has a good front towards the Market place, and the upper storey is occupied as offices by the Customs and Excise department : the hall is used as a butter hall, that in the Market place being now closed, and also for sales, public meetings &c" 

DB 29 October 2019 

Grantham, Westgate Hall, Corn Exchange
Grantham, Westgate Hall, Corn Exchange
Grantham, Westgate Hall, Corn Exchange
Grantham, Westgate Hall, Corn Exchange

Detail of heraldry on front of the former corn exchange. The topmost image with the chequer board pattern appears to be that of the Borough of Grantham.

DB 29 October 2019 

Grantham, Westgate Hall, Corn Exchange
Grantham, White Lion
Grantham, White Lion
Grantham, White Lion

Listed in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnhire 1919 "Phillips Thomas, White Lion P.H. 53 Bridge End road"

DB 2 January 2019

Grantham, White Lion, public house
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
Grantham, York County Savings Bank, Finkin Street
Grantham, York County Savings Bank, Finkin Street
Grantham, York County Savings Bank, Finkin Street

Former York County Savings Bank.

"1841. Designed by Salvin"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062480

Premises now occupied by South Lincolnshire Blind Society.

DB 12 December 2018

Grantham, York County Savings Bank, Finkin Street, Salvin