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"Comrades in Misfortune"
"Comrades in Misfortune"

This postcard of ‘Comrades in Misfortune’, depicting thee men in Kirton in Lindsey, was posted in 1904.

The message on the back refers to these Kirton in Lindsey men seen ‘here every day: one eye, one arm, one leg’.

Kirton Lindsey, comrades in misfortune
Angell, Norman - blue plaque
Angell, Norman - blue plaque
Angell, Norman - blue plaque

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

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

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

Ken Redmore, 2011

Holbeach, Norman Angell, Mansion House, Nobel Peace prize
Angell, Norman - house
Angell, Norman - house
Angell, Norman - house

This is the Mansion House at Holbeach where Angell was born in 1872.

The blue plaque is fixed to the facade of the house facing the street.

July 2011

Holbeach, Angell
Belton Park, Monument to Viscount Alford
Belton Park, Monument to Viscount Alford
Belton Park, Monument to Viscount Alford

Installed 1851 by 1st Earl Brownlow, in Belton Park, Londonthorpe, to commemorate his son Viscount Alford who died aged 38.

The Grade II listed Monument is now just within the bounds of Belton Park Golf Club.

DB 8 December 2017
Londonthorpe, Belton Park, Viscount Alford Memorial
Boole, George - memorial window
Boole, George - memorial window
Boole, George - memorial window

George Boole (1815-1864), born in Lincoln, was an outstanding mathematician. Though his upbringing was modest, his early talent was nurtured and he became a schoolmaster.

His outstanding achievement was to develop the algebraic logic which underpins computer science.

He is commemorated by this window in the north aisle of the nave at Lincoln Cathedral.

Boole, Cathedral, computer
Byrd, William - plaque
Byrd, William - plaque
Byrd, William - plaque

William Byrd (c.1540-1623) was an outstanding composer of the renaissance period. He produced sacred music for Anglican services though he himself became a Roman Catholic in later life.

He was organist and master of choristers at Lincoln Cathedral between 1563 and 1572, residing at what is now No.6 Minster Yard.

This commemorative plaque is at No,6 Minster Yard, Lincoln. 

October 2012

Buildings, William Byrd,
Byrd, William - site of house in Lincoln
Byrd, William - site of house in Lincoln
Byrd, William - site of house in Lincoln

This Georgian house, 6 Minster Yard, stands on the site of the property occupied by William Byrd when he worked at the Cathedral.

October 2012

 

Buildings, William Byrd,
Charlesworth, Edward - statue
Charlesworth, Edward - statue
Charlesworth, Edward - statue

Edward Parker Charlesworth (1783-1853) was a physician and innovator in psychiatric treatment.

He acquired a large practice in Lincoln as a young man and played a leading role in both the Lincoln County [General] Hospital and the newly opened Lincoln Lunatic Asylum.

This statue, at the corner of Lincoln's Union Road and Carline Road, is by Thomas Milnes and was unveiled in 1854.

August 2014

Buildings, Edward Charlesworth, Lincoln lunatic asylum, Thomas Milnes
Dennis, William - statue
Dennis, William - statue
Dennis, William - statue

William Dennis (1841-1921), 'Potato King', made his fortune as a potato grower in the Lincolnshire fens. He pioneered the use of light railways to carry the crops from his extensive fields to the public rail network.

The statue, made of bronze on a Portland stone plinth, was sculpted by P Lindsey and stands in front of the town hall at Kirton in Holland.

September 2011

Kirton in Holland, William Dennis statue, P Lindsey
Dixon, James G - memorial stone
Dixon, James G - memorial stone
Dixon, James G - memorial stone

The 1859 memorial stone at Caistor Church of England School is a tribute to James Green Dixon (1789-1879) who was a corn, coal and seed merchant in the town.

He was a member of the well-to-do landowning Dixon family of Holton le Moor.

The inscription reads: "This school was erected / by the friends of / Mr James Green Dixon [as a] / memorial of his long and valuable services / in the cause of religious education 1859"

Caistor, James Green Dixon, Holton le Moor
Foster, Charles W
Foster, Charles W
Foster, Charles W

Canon Charles Wilmer Foster (1866-1935) was the principal founder of the Lincoln Record Society in 1910 and its editor for many years.

He was Vicar of Timberland and Canon of Lincoln Cathedral. His knowledge of Lincolnshire local and ecclesiastical history was exceptional.

Canon Charles Foster, Lincoln Record Society
Franklin, John - statue
Franklin, John - statue
Franklin, John - statue

John Franklin (1786-1847) was born in Spilsby. As a naval officer he led expeditions to northern Canada in 1819 and 1825 before being appointed Governor of Tasmania (1836-1843).

His final expedition, to search for the North-West Passage in 1845, famously ended in disaster for him and his entire crew – there were no survivors – but, as in similar circumstances for other explorers, it did elevate him to lasting fame.

(The statue in Spilsby Market Place is in bronze on a polished stone ashlar base, 1861)

September 2011


Spilsby, John Franklin statue
Franklin, John - statue inscription
Franklin, John - statue inscription
Franklin, John - statue inscription

Detail of the lettering on the Franklin statue in Spilsby Market Place.

September 2011

Spilsby, Sir John Franklin statue
George III - bust
George III - bust
George III - bust

This bust of a rather smug looking George III stands in Lincoln Castle grounds.

Originally, this was part of a full height statue set up in 1810 on the top of Dunston Pillar.

In 1941 the statue was judged to be a hazard to aircraft - RAF Coleby Grange was close by - and taken down.

Frank Robinson, May 2011

Buildings, Lincoln Castle, George III, Dunston Pillar
Harrison, Edward - blue plaque
Harrison, Edward - blue plaque
Harrison, Edward - blue plaque

Edward Harrison (1766-1838), born in Lancashire, practised as a physician in Horncastle for 30 years. He founded the Horncastle dispensary and the Lincolnshire Medical Benevolent Society.

He also founded the first infirmary for spinal diseases in London and was a notable advocate for medical reform on the national scene.

September 2016

Horncastle, Edward Harrison,
Harrison, Edward - house in Horncastle
Harrison, Edward - house in Horncastle
Harrison, Edward - house in Horncastle

Edward Harrison's home and base for his medical practice in West Street.

September 2016

Horncastle, William Harrison, West Street
Ingelow, Jean - photograph
Ingelow, Jean - photograph
Ingelow, Jean - photograph

Jean Ingelow (1820-1897) was a very popular poet and children's author; she was well regarded by Alfred Tennyson.

She was born in Boston, eldest daughter of a banker, later moved to Ipswich and finally to London.

One of her best known poems is High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire 1571.

Jean Ingelow, Boston, High Tide Coast, poet
Ingram, Herbert - statue
Ingram, Herbert - statue
Ingram, Herbert - statue

Herbert Ingram (1811-60), born in Boston, founded The Illustrated London News.

He represented Boston as a Liberal MP for four years until his early death in a shipping accident in Canada.

His statue, designed by Alexander Munro in 1862, stands in the Market Place in Boston.

March 2013

Boston, Herbert Ingram, Illustrated London News, Alexander Munro
Lawrence, T E - portrait
Lawrence, T E - portrait
Lawrence, T E - portrait

One of several fine portraits in the main building at RAF Cranwell is this painting of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) in arabic dress by Augustus John OM.

Lawrence enlisted in the RAF as aircraftman under the pseudonym John Hume Ross in 1922. Later, between 1925 and 1926, he enrolled as a cadet officer at Cranwell and during this period completed the subscriber's edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Cranwell, T E Lawrence, portrait, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Augustus John
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells&nbspGold Post Box
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells Gold Post Box
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells Gold Post Box

The plaque reads "This post box has been painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate Sophie Wells Gold Medal winner London 2012 Olympic Games Equestrian: Team, Open".

Over 100 post boxes, throughout the country, were painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate every Team GB and Paralympics GB gold medal won during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Sophie Wells from Lincoln won a team gold and two individual silver medals at the Paralympic Games.

DB 27 February 2018 

Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Gold, Post Box, Sophie Wells
Lucan, Arthur
Lucan, Arthur
Lucan, Arthur

A plaque marking the birthplace in Sibsey of Arthur Lucan (1885-1954), born Arthur Towle, star of stage, screen & radio.

Mark Acton, 2017

Sibsey, Arthur Lucan, Arthur Towle, Old Mother Riley
Lucan, Arthur - birthplace
Lucan, Arthur - birthplace
Lucan, Arthur - birthplace

The birthplace of Arthur Lucan, born Arthur Towle, famous for his role as Old Mother Riley on stage, screen and radio.

Born the son of a groom on 16 September 1885. Married his co-star Kitty McShane in 1913.

He died at the Tivoli Theatre, Hull on 17 May 1954 and is buried in the Eastern Cemetery, Hull.

Mark Acton, 2017

Sibsey, Arthur Lucan
Manning, Frederick - blue plaque
Manning, Frederick - blue plaque
Manning, Frederick - blue plaque

Frederick Manning (1882-1935), poet and novelist, was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to UK to live with his friend Rev Arthur Galton in the rectory at Edenham in 1903.

He served in the First World War and, after Galton’s death, lived some of the time at the Bull Hotel in Bourne, where this plaque is located.

July 2011

Bourne, Frederick Manning, Bull Hotel, Arthur Galton
Marwood, William - blue plaque
Marwood, William - blue plaque
Marwood, William - blue plaque

William Marwood (1818-1883) was the official hangman or principal exectioner from 1874.

He developed the 'long drop' technique of hanging, a relatively speedy and humane process.

Marwood lived in Church Lane Horncastle where he had a cobbler's workshop. This plaque is mounted on the building.

Horncastle, William Marwood, blue plaque, public hangman, long drop, executioner
Marwood, William - cobbler's shop in Horncastle
Marwood, William - cobbler's shop in Horncastle
Marwood, William - cobbler's shop in Horncastle

The tiny workshop occupied by William Marwood in Church Lane, Horncastle. The door to his premises, to the right of the frontage, has been bricked in.

 

Horncastle, William Marwood, Cobbler shop, public hangman, long drop executioner
Newton, Isaac - statue
Newton, Isaac - statue
Newton, Isaac - 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
Roberts, James - memorial
Roberts, James - memorial
Roberts, James - memorial

James Roberts (1752-1826) sailed on the Endeavour with Captain James Cook and Joseph Banks.

Roberts was a tenant farmer on Banks' Revesby estate and, along with his near neighbour Peter Briscoe, he was employed to give general support to Banks in the collection and recording of plants.

Roberts lived the last 30 years of his life in Mareham le Fen, the village adjoining Revesby. This plaque is in St Helen's church Mareham le Fen.

June 2013

Mareham le Fen, James Roberts, Peter Briscoe, James Cook, Joseph Banks
Russell, Rex - blue plaque
Russell, Rex - blue plaque
Russell, Rex - blue plaque

Rex Russell (1916-2014) was a local historian whose interests focused on issues such as enclosure, labourers’ movements, Methodism, friendly societies, education, teetotalism and 19th century cultural changes.

He was an accomplished artist and draughtsman and an inspiring teacher. He lived in Barton upon Humber and worked for most of his adult life in north Lincolnshire.

The blue plaque is 11 Priestgate, Barton upon Humber.

March 2016

Barton Upon Humber, Rex Russell, blue plaque
Russell, Rex - house in Barton
Russell, Rex - house in Barton
Russell, Rex - house in Barton

The blue plaque is fixed to this house, 11 Priestgate, Barton-upon-Humber, where Rex Russell lived and worked as an adult education tutor and author for more than 60 years.

March 2016

Barton Upon Humber, Rex Russell, 11 Priestgate
Scorer, Sam - garage
Scorer, Sam - garage
Scorer, Sam - garage

Buildings, Sam Scorer garage
Scorer, Sam - garage
Scorer, Sam - garage
Scorer, Sam - garage

Buildings, Sam Scorer garage
Scorer, Sam - plaque
Scorer, Sam - plaque
Scorer, Sam - plaque

Sam Scorer (1923-2003), Lincoln architect, was a leading exponent of concrete shell design, especially in hyperbolic paraboloid form.

Examples of his distinctive work can be seen in the city and at several locations in the east midland region.

November 2012

Buildings, Sam Scorer plaque, hyperbolic paraboloid
Tennyson, Alfred - statue
Tennyson, Alfred - statue
Tennyson, Alfred - statue

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was born at Somersby in the Lincolnshire Wolds, son of the rector. He became a popular and long-serving poet laureate.

This statue by George Frederick Watts, erected in 1905, stands on the Cathedral Green.

March 2004


Buildings, Tennyson statue, Geroge Frederick Watts
Tennyson, Alfred - statue inscription
Tennyson, Alfred - statue inscription
Tennyson, Alfred - statue inscription

Buildings, Tennyson statue
Welbourn, Saint Chad, Sir William Robertson, Memorial
Welbourn, Saint Chad, Sir William Robertson, Memorial
Welbourn, Saint Chad, Sir William Robertson, Memorial

Sir William Robertson, who was born in Welbourn, was the first and only British Army soldier to rise from Private to Field Marshal. 

He served as Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1916 to 1918 during the First World War.

DB 24 March 2018

Welbourn, Sir William Robertson
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument

Erected in 1844 by Col. Richard Elmhurst. Granite obelisk surmounted by bust of the Duke of Wellington.

 

An inscribed panel on the base records that the adjacent Waterloo Wood was planted "from Acorns Sown Immediately After the Memorable Battle of Waterloo".

 

DB 28 December 2017 

Woodhall Spa, Richard Elmhurst, Duke of Wellington, Waterloo Wood
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument

Erected in 1844 by Col. Richard Elmhurst. Granite obelisk surmounted by bust of the Duke of Wellington.

 

An inscribed panel on the base records that the adjacent Waterloo Wood was planted "from Acorns Sown Immediately After the Memorable Battle of Waterloo".

 

DB 28 December 2017 

Woodhall Spa, Richard Elmhurst, Duke of Wellington, Waterloo Wood
Yarborough, Lady Sophia - mausoleum
Yarborough, Lady Sophia - mausoleum
Yarborough, Lady Sophia - mausoleum

The mausoleum in Great Limber (TA133088) on the Brocklesby estate was designed by James Wyatt, in the late eighteenth century.

It commemorates Lady Sophia, the wife of the first Baron Yarborough, who died at the age of 33 in 1786.

It is described as majestic and 'undoubtedly Wyatt's masterpiece' by Pevsner.

Inside the Mausoleum is a figure of Lady Sophia by Joseph Nollekens.

Frank Robinson, 2009

Great Limber, Nollekens, sophia Yarborough, James Wyatt