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When Grantham had a supermarket on the High Street . . .




We discovered this old photograph whilst rummaging through the Memory Lane archives.

It shows the Liptons supermarket store, which was situated on the High Street, and looks to have recently closed down in this shot.

Judging by the car registration plate on the Escort estate, the photo was snapped no earlier than 1979 or 1980.

To the left at the time was gentlemen’s outfitters Jon Justin.

We would have thought that Graves Jewellers would be to the right of Liptons, but that unit also appears to have been boarded up or in transition.

Further to the right, the site of the R&M Rose shop is currently unoccupied.

Looking back . . .

10 YEARS AGO

+ SKDC received a planning application to turn land off the A52 at Sedgebrook into an oil drilling site, with four million barrels worth of the black gold believed to be residing underground.

+ A 36-year-old female shopper was sexually assaulted in Asda on Union Street; a 31-year-old male was arrested.

+ A two car smash on the High Dyke near Ancaster left both drivers with serious injuries.

+ Lincolnshire Fire Service was recruiting for six retained firefighters for Grantham Fire Station.

+ A family fun day marked the opening of Wyndham Park's new sensory garden.

+ Nationwide bakery Greggs confirmed that it was looking at possible locations for a shop in Grantham.

+ The A607 at Denton was to be resurfaced following two serious motorcycle crashes on the stretch of road.

50 YEARS AGO

+ Mystery surrounded human remains unearthed at a Grantham building site some weeks earlier. A Home Office pathologist’s report stated that the bones – found by workmen digging in New Street – were at least 150 years old, perhaps as much as 350 years old. Altogether, 105 bones were sent to the pathologist – 55 were deemed not to be human. They were believed to be from a “small fowl and beast”. “We will never know,” said a coroner, but the plague was a possible cause of death.

+ A talking parrot belonging to Lady Brownlow, of Belton House, was killed by a badger which had the run of the grounds. Lady Brownlow bought another parrot, also a talker.

+ Messrs John Lee and Son, of Grantham, beat fierce competition to supply the Royal Mint with 1,250,000 sacks for bagging up copper coinage due to go out of circulation.



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