MEMORY LANE: Grantham factory girls made ball bearings

In 1953, these six ladies worked together at Ransome and Marles, which was situated on Springfield Road.

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Woolsthorpe CC pantomime.

MEMORY LANE: Woolsthorpe crickets entertained villagers with pantomime

Pictured are the cast members of a ‘potty, potted panto’ put on at Woolsthorpe Village Hall back in January 1989.

Nostalgia is the name of the game at Cadwell Park's Vintage Festival. Photo: Dennis Rushton

MOTOR RACING: Celebration of pioneer racers at Cadwell Park

Motor racing’s pioneering past will return to life at Cadwell Park at the Vintage Festival on Sunday, a celebration of the automotive industry’s golden past, which will highlight the ingenuity and innovation of the sport’s formative early years.

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Gay Gordon

MEMORY LANE: Coach ran through Grantham

Tim Bird sent in this photo of the Gay Gordon road coach.


MEMORY LANE: Grantham’s original leisure centre was short lived

This is the shell of Grantham’s original leisure centre which was under construction on Union Street in 1981.

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Gate House Inn, 1987.

MEMORY LANE: Grantham pub began as an ironmongery

The Gate House Inn, in Watergate, is pictured in 1987. It later became The Playhouse pub; now closed down and vacant.

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Pre-war St Peter's Hill, Grantham.

MEMORY LANE: Grantham’s St Peter’s Hill was bustling in the pre-war days

This old semi-aerial shot of St Peter’s Hill in Grantham portrays a bustling scene from the 1930s, with a cyclist and pedestrians aplenty jostling with the burgeoning increase of motor vehicles, with parking unrestricted and seemingly quite anarchic.

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Grantham Fire Station, 1986.

MEMORY LANE: Grantham cub scouts scrubbed fire tender for funds

Three cub scouts spent more than an hour cleaning an appliance at Grantham Fire Station back in April, 1986.

Swinegate, 1965.

MEMORY LANE: Narrow Grantham street used to be two-way

This photograph shows Grantham’s Swinegate 52 years ago.

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Woolsthorpe FC

MEMORY LANE: Woolsthorpe won Grantham KO Cup 50 years ago

Woolsthorpe FC triumphed in the Grantham League Senior Knockout Cup back in 1967, defeating Grantham Amateurs 2-1 at London Road.

Colsterworth School

MEMORY LANE: Former Grantham Journal ‘snapper’ was village school’s star swimmer

Grantham Journal photographer Toby Roberts was the star for Colsterworth School when they lifted the Small Schools Swimming Gala, some 25 years ago.

Was this road roller manufactured in Grantham?

MEMORY LANE: Was this road roller manufactured in Grantham?

Regular Grantham Journal Memory Lane contributor Stan Matthews wonders whether this road roller was built by Aveling Barford?

Blue Bell darts team.

NOSTALGIA: Grantham Town manager Martin O’Neill presented darts trophies in the 1980s

Grantham Journal sports editor John Burgess came across a box of old black and white darts presentation photos last week.

Finkin Street Methodist Church

MEMORY LANE: Grantham church has seen many changes in its 170-plus years

The recently renovated Christ Church in Finkin Street also saw a few changes over the years when it was known as Finkin Street Methodist Church.

Action from last year's Syston Park Speed Trials.

MOTORSPORT: Relive halcyon days at Syston Park Speed Trials this summer

Petrolheads with a penchant for the vintage will be able to relive the halcyon days of motorsport when Syston Park opens its gates once again at the end of August.

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High Street, Grantham.

MEMORY LANE: Grantham High Street before WWI – unrecognisable!

Not a car, van or lorry in sight!

A shot from John Lees jute works where bags and sacks are being printed only a few hours after receipt of customers orders.

MEMORY LANE: Rabbit disease forced Grantham’s John Lee and Son to expand into a variety of ventures

One of Grantham’s largest industrial players of the past was John Lee and Son.

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Rev Victor Daws

MEMORY LANE: Trendy vicars were a thing of the past

Trendy vicars are nothing new as this photograph clearly demonstrates.

Colin's 1974 Foden.

MEMORY LANE: Old lorries hark back to Grantham’s industrial past

Former Foden lorry owner-driver Colin Holloway brought some old truck photos into the Journal office last week.


MEMORY LANE: Grantham-designed hovercraft attracted a lot of interest

‘Skylark’, the Hillman Imp-engined hovercraft designed and built by Grantham’s Aubrey Musson and Cis Blankley, of Colsterworth, drew a lot of attention at the international rally of the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain in 1967.

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