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.

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.

Fashion show, 1971.

MEMORY LANE: Grantham town centre primary school closed during WWII

Tucked away surrounded by houses, a cinema and John Lee’s rag and skin factory, Welby Street School was open for about 80 years.

Pools Paradise

MEMORY LANE: St Peter’s Hill Players put on plays in church schoolroom

Fifty years ago, back in 1967, St Peter’s Hill Players put on a production of ‘Pools Paradise’ at Grantham Congregational Church schoolroom.

Crown and Anchor

MEMORY LANE: Grantham pub became a car parts dealership

Pictured is the former Crown and Anchor public house in Swinegate.

Grantham Physical Culture Club early members Charlie Holmes, Ron Macdonald, Eddie Lee and Trevor Holmes.

MEMORY LANE: Going to the gym is nothing new in Grantham

Regular Grantham Journal Memory Lane contributor Stan Matthews dropped off this collection of snaps from his bodybuilding days.

Padgett and Halls coal delivery fleet at the Old Wharf.

MEMORY LANE: Padgett and Halls boss recalls when ‘coal was king’ in Grantham

Grantham Journal reader John Roberts, of South Witham, posted these photographs to us last week.

Grantham's Nottingham Forest fans on their way to Munich in 1979. What chance Forest, eh?

MEMORY LANE: Grantham’s Nottingham Forest fans headed to 1979 European Cup Final: what chance would Cloughie’s boys have?

Members of the Nottingham Forest Supporters Club (Grantham branch) are pictured before they boarded the coach to Munich, where Brian Clough’s team were set to take on Swedish club Malmo in the 1979 European Cup final.

Grantham rail crash, 1906.

MEMORY LANE: Driver Fred was one of 14 killed in Grantham rail disaster

Regular Memory Lane contributor Mike Matsell dropped off these photos that recall the well-documented Grantham railway crash of September 19, 1906.

Laurel and Hardy at the Plough Inn, Barkston, in 1947.

MEMORY LANE: Laurel and Hardy paid a visit to Barkston 70 years ago

Following on from last month’s recollection of Laurel and Hardy’s appearance in Grantham in 1952, the photo above recalls an earlier visit to the area in 1947.

Memory Lane: Matsell

MEMORY LANE: Policeman Henry Matsell was stationed at Corby Glen

Regular Memory Lane contributor Mike Matsell popped into the Grantham Journal office this week to drop off a few photographs from his collection.

Red Holloway and Sonny Stitt

MEMORY LANE: 1980s Belton Jazz Festival attracted the stars and the crowds

An enthusiastic audience appreciated the delights of Belton Jazz Festival in 1983.

Welbourn's tobacconists

MEMORY LANE: ‘High class tobacconists’ was relocated to Grantham’s Westgate

H. Welbourn and Son’s ‘high class tobacconists’ shop is pictured in Westgate, back in 1982.

St Wulfram's choristers, 1985.

MEMORY LANE: St Wulfram’s choristers were first in Grantham Journal colour

The photo of choristers in St Wulfram’s was taken in 1985 and was actually the first colour picture to appear in the Grantham Journal.

Poachers Motor Club

MEMORY LANE: Grantham-based motoring club switched venues in 1960

Poachers Motor Club found Wyndham Park too wet for their rally in 1960, so they moved to the former RAF Regiment parade ground at Alma Park.

Widow Madge being presented with a Terry Shelbourne caricature of her husband Harry Sanders, with Dave France of Radio Lincolnshire.

MEMORY LANE: Photos bring back memories of Grantham Granada’s Harry

As a follow-up to the Memory Lane article a fortnight ago that commemorated the 30th anniversary of a tribute show to former manager of Grantham’s Granada Theatre/Cinema, Harry Sanders, his son Howard got in touch with the Journal and sent in some photographs from the night in 1987.

Then & Now with Grantham Civic Society: Waterloo House was named after the battle

Then & Now with Grantham Civic Society: Waterloo House was named after the battle

Waterloo House was named after the battle fought in 1815 and was built about 1865. It was next to the George Hotel and extended to the corner of Guildhall Street.

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