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Civic Society column: 200 pupils were taught in one room at The British School in Grantham

28 May 2016
Civic Society column: 200 pupils were taught in one room at The British School in Grantham

Civic Society column: 200 pupils were taught in one room at The British School in Grantham

28 May 2016

The British School in Grantham opened its doors in 1835.


Grantham Civic Society column: Changing faces at the vicarage

30 April 2016
Grantham Civic Society column: Changing faces at the vicarage

Grantham Civic Society column: Changing faces at the vicarage

30 April 2016

The first census of 1841 shows Rev William Potchett as the vicar of Grantham, living at the vicarage.


Grantham Civic Society Column: The many faces of 6 Vine Street

27 March 2016
Grantham Civic Society Column: The many faces of 6 Vine Street

Grantham Civic Society Column: The many faces of 6 Vine Street

27 March 2016

Number 6 Vine Street is now occupied by Needles and Pins dressmaking shop.


Grantham Civic Society Column: History of fair traces back to 1484

20 March 2016
Grantham Civic Society Column: History of fair traces back to 1484

Grantham Civic Society Column: History of fair traces back to 1484

20 March 2016

The older picture of the mid-Lent fair was painted about 1820, probably by Manuel Immanuel.


Grantham Civic Society Column: Secker House was a complex timber-framed building

12 March 2016
Grantham Civic Society Column: Secker House was a complex timber-framed building

Grantham Civic Society Column: Secker House was a complex timber-framed building

12 March 2016

Secker House was situated immediately to the south of the Angel Inn.


Grantham Civic Society column: A look at the windows in St Wulfram’s Church

30 January 2016
Grantham Civic Society column: A look at the windows in St Wulfram’s Church

Grantham Civic Society column: A look at the windows in St Wulfram’s Church

30 January 2016

After the visitor has admired the soaring tower and spire of St Wulfram’s Church, on entering, as with most of our parish churches, it is the windows with their coloured glass that catch the eye.


Civic Society’s Ruth Crook explains how Grantham racecourse rose to prominence

24 January 2016
Civic Society’s Ruth Crook explains how Grantham racecourse rose to prominence

Civic Society’s Ruth Crook explains how Grantham racecourse rose to prominence

24 January 2016

Grantham racecourse was an important course in the racing calendar.


Civic Society Column: Spotlight on the Grantham survey of 1650

31 December 2015
Civic Society Column: Spotlight on the Grantham survey of 1650

Civic Society Column: Spotlight on the Grantham survey of 1650

31 December 2015

During the Interregnum, when Cromwell and Parliament ran the country, an Act of 16 July 1649 was passed, ordering the sale of the lands of Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria and Prince Charles.


Grantham Civic Society column: The birth of today’s Christmas traditions

25 December 2015
Grantham Civic Society column: The birth of today’s Christmas traditions

Grantham Civic Society column: The birth of today’s Christmas traditions

25 December 2015

The way that we celebrate Christmas today with Christmas trees, Christmas cake, Christmas cards and Christmas crackers derives from the Victorian era.


Grantham Civic Society column: Grammar School was built around 1500

19 December 2015
Grantham Civic Society column: Grammar School was built around 1500

Grantham Civic Society column: Grammar School was built around 1500

19 December 2015

The Song of a School Boy at Christmas is dated around 1500, and is partly English and partly Latin.


Civic Society column: Grantham’s Chantry House dates from 1470

21 November 2015
Civic Society column: Grantham’s Chantry House dates from 1470

Civic Society column: Grantham’s Chantry House dates from 1470

21 November 2015

A chantry was a monetary trust fund established for the purpose of employing one or more Catholic priests to sing a stipulated number of masses during a defined period of time for the spiritual benefit of a deceased person, generally the donor.


Grantham Civic Society Column: How China cooked up the recipe for gunpowder

14 November 2015
Grantham Civic Society Column: How China cooked up the recipe for gunpowder

Grantham Civic Society Column: How China cooked up the recipe for gunpowder

14 November 2015

The discovery of gunpowder was thought to have been made around 2,000 years ago in China, when a cook accidentally mixed together three common ingredients, saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal.


Grantham Civic Society: William Stukeley had links to Sir Isaac Newton

31 October 2015
Grantham Civic Society: William Stukeley had links to Sir Isaac Newton

Grantham Civic Society: William Stukeley had links to Sir Isaac Newton

31 October 2015

William Stukeley was born on 7 November 1687 in Holbeach, to John Stukeley, an attorney, and his wife Frances. They had three further sons and a daughter. From the age of five, William attended Holbeach Free School, until he was thirteen, leaving to become an apprentice at his father’s law firm.


Grantham Civic Society Column: Hugh Henry Quilter was a gifted orator

24 October 2015
Grantham Civic Society Column: Hugh Henry Quilter was a gifted orator

Grantham Civic Society Column: Hugh Henry Quilter was a gifted orator

24 October 2015

Hugh Henry Quilter was born in 1872.


Grantham Civic Society Column: Thomas Hurst was chaplain to Charles I

17 October 2015
Grantham Civic Society Column: Thomas Hurst was chaplain to Charles I

Grantham Civic Society Column: Thomas Hurst was chaplain to Charles I

17 October 2015

Thomas Hurst was born in Barrowby in 1598, son of Richard and Alice Hurst.


Grantham Civic Society Column: MP was reprimanded for his ‘lewd speeches’

10 October 2015
Grantham Civic Society Column: MP was reprimanded for his ‘lewd speeches’

Grantham Civic Society Column: MP was reprimanded for his ‘lewd speeches’

10 October 2015

Arthur Hall, born in 1539, was the son of Francis Hall, and grandson of Thomas Hall, prosperous merchants of the Staple of Calais.


Grantham Civic Society: Catholic Church burials in the crypt

26 September 2015
Grantham Civic Society: Catholic Church burials in the crypt

Grantham Civic Society: Catholic Church burials in the crypt

26 September 2015

In 1829 the Presbytery was built as a private house for Samuel Hand, a Grantham grocer on the corner of North Parade and the road to Nottingham.


Grantham Civic Society column: Great Ponton manor house was built by rich wool merchants

20 September 2015
Grantham Civic Society column: Great Ponton manor house was built by rich wool merchants

Grantham Civic Society column: Great Ponton manor house was built by rich wool merchants

20 September 2015

Ellys Manor House is located adjacent to the church of the Holy Cross in Great Ponton, just off the A1, four miles south of Grantham.


Civic Society Column: Bishop was ‘keenest warrior for Christian Virtue’

13 September 2015
Civic Society Column: Bishop was ‘keenest warrior for Christian Virtue’

Civic Society Column: Bishop was ‘keenest warrior for Christian Virtue’

13 September 2015

John Still was born in Grantham in about 1543. He attended Grantham Grammar School before becoming a student at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA in 1562, MA in 1565, and DD degree in 1575.


Grantham Civic Society feature: Treadgold had strong links with the Klondike

23 August 2015
Grantham Civic Society feature: Treadgold had strong links with the Klondike

Grantham Civic Society feature: Treadgold had strong links with the Klondike

23 August 2015

Arthur Newton Christian Treadgold was born in Great Gonerby in 1863 to Thomas George Treadgold and Lydia Newton.


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