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Former Grantham Journal editor Walter was a tobacconist




Then & Now, with Ruth Crook, of Grantham Civic Society

William Clifton Lee moved to Grantham from Chesterfield in 1866 with his young family.

He was a tobacco manufacturer and opened a tobacconist shop at 22 High Street.

William Clifton Lee ran a tobacconist shop at 22 High Street, Grantham, pictured right. (35249522)
William Clifton Lee ran a tobacconist shop at 22 High Street, Grantham, pictured right. (35249522)

William and his wife Elizabeth had six children, Walter Clifton in 1865, Alice Gertrude in 1866, Arthur in 1868, Annie in 1870, Florence in 1873 and Ada in 1875.

Annie and Florence later became joint proprietors of their parents’ tobacconist shop, which they successfully managed for several years.

Walter was educated at Middlemore House and became a journalist. After working at various publications, he returned to the Grantham Journal as a journalist and eventually as editor.

Nationwide and charity shop Barnado's now stand there.
Nationwide and charity shop Barnado's now stand there.

He married his wife, Emma Sybil, in 1905 and they had a son, Gilbert Henry Clifton Lee, in 1911.

Walter was a good vocalist in his younger days and sang with Grantham Operatic Society and was choirmaster at St Saviour’s Church.

Emma died in 1920, and Walter two years later following surgery, leaving Gilbert as an orphan at 10 years old. He was cared for by family members.

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