Come see Mayor’s Parlour

Pate Bates will be on hand to talk you through what is on show in the parlour.

Pate Bates will be on hand to talk you through what is on show in the parlour.

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GRANTHAMIANS are being offered the chance to learn more about their town’s history and book a free look around the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall.

The parlour, in the Guildhall in St Peter’s Hill, will be open to the public every Thursday from 11am until 1pm but people can also call up to make an appointment to look round the parlour and view some of Grantham’s history, dating back hundreds of years.

The Mayor's Parlour is open between 11am and 1pm on Thursdays.

The Mayor's Parlour is open between 11am and 1pm on Thursdays.

Items on display include the mayor’s two maces, an Arnhem painting by David Shepherd and photographs of all the town’s mayors over the past 25 years.

The new Mayor’s Officer, Pete Bates, said: “Just about everything in it has been gifted to the town over the past four to 500 years. The Mayor is eager for people to have the opportunity to come in and see the history of the town and what, in essence, belongs to them.”

While some of what is on display is of more sentimental value than monetary - such as gifts from Fukushima and Chernobyl children - others are irreplaceable.

The maces in particular are often of interest. They were made in the 18th century, along with the mayoral chains

Mr Bates said: “Some of the items have no monetary value while others are worth a ridiculous amount and cannot be replaced.

“The maces were made in the 18th century and are quite unique in that they were made, in part at least, by a woman.

“Her husband was commissioned to make them but he died before they were finished so she finished them. They are the only ones in the country made by a female silversmith.

“It is quite unique in that respect.”

A steady stream of visitors pop along to the parlour but the Mayor is keen to encourage more to take up the free chance of a look around.

Mr Bates said: “We really want to say, we are here, come in and see us.

“We have had people ring up in the past few weeks saying their family has come across from New Zealand or Australia or Russia and asking if they can come into the parlour on a given day and I have given them a talk on what is in the parlour.

“Most have gone away very, very happy. It is great for people to see parts of the history of the home town they left many years ago.”

l If you are interested in taking a look round the parlour, you can pop along on Thursdays, between 11am and 1pm or book an appointment by calling 01476 566841