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Grantham Civic Society column: Here’s where Mrs Thatcher grew up

A view that was familiar to one of the world's most prominent politicians.
A view that was familiar to one of the world's most prominent politicians.

The shop illustrated on the right hand side of the painting by A. Bellatti in 1834, displayed a sign saying ‘Pindard’.

This belonged to James Pindard, a plumber and glazier. In the 1841 census, he lived in the building on Broad Street, Little Gonerby, with his wife. By the time of the 1851 census, he was then aged 63 and his wife aged 38, they had three small children, John James aged 8, Charles aged 6, and Ann aged 3. Also living with the family were two apprentices and a servant. By 1861, James was dead and Ann was called a plumber and glazier, her two sons being her apprentices.

How it used to look.
How it used to look.

In living memory, the shop was occupied by the Parker and then Roberts family. This is the shop in which Margaret Thatcher, the first British woman prime minister, grew up. The shop is now Living Health chiropractic clinic and natural therapy centre.


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