MEMORY LANE: Band baton handed over at Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir

Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir was one of many villages that once had its own band.

White Lion

MEMORY LANE: Grantham’s Lion team roared on the oche

Another old sport photograph was unearthed in the Journal archive this week.

Woolsthorpe School

MEMORY LANE: Woolsthorpe School after Second World War

This photograph of pupils and staff from Woolsthorpe School is estimated to be have been taken around 1947.

Rutland Street demolition.

MEMORY LANE: Grantham maltings had a lucky escape during street demolition

When Rutland Street was demolished in 1981, this digger driver overturned his machine after it collapsed into a cellar, nearly knocking down The Maltings in the process.

Dysart Park Bowls Club

MEMORY LANE: Grantham park bowlers captured in their heydey

All the silverware is laid out on the table at Dysart Park Bowls Club in a photograph brought into the Journal office by Bernard Vessey.


MEMORY LANE: Swinging Sixties demanded a modern facelift for Grantham school

Walton Girls High School is pictured just a few days after it opened in 1966.

Ransome and Marles, 1953.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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