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Croxton Races: pre 1881

Croxton Races: pre 1881

Many thanks to Terry Hibbert for sending this photo, taken some time before 1881 at Croxton Park races.

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Croxton Abbey Gatehouse

Croxton Abbey Gatehouse

This wonderful photograph of the gatehouse to Croxton Abbey was taken almost 160 years ago – in 1852. Nothing remains of the Abbey today, beyond a few blocks of carved stone balanced on a stone wall. So the image provides a unique and fascinating record of this once powerful religious house. The image above shows just part of the photograph. Click on it to expand it further, and click here to see it in full frame. We think the gatehouse was close to one of the abbey fishponds, on a site now occupied by one of the houses at Croxton Park. We also understand that one of the arches may be still in situ within the house. The photographer was Delamotte; one of the earliest pioneers of the medium who was also art teacher to the royal family. There’s a lot of information about Croxton Abbey and Park on this website. Click here for a selection of links. To follow: illustration of the Abbey and...

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Re-thatching the Royal Horseshoes

Re-thatching the Royal Horseshoes

We’ve all watched as the Royal Horseshoes has been re-thatched over recent weeks and months. They’ve only just finished, and it’s wonderful to see the old pub looking so good. Many of us were concerned that it was never going to re-open its doors again. John Hurton has just sent this photo of a previous re-thatching. (Click on the image to see it in full frame.) Judging by the lorry, it must have been taken in the late ’50s, early ’60s. So it was probably the last time the thatch was completely replaced. Interesting to see that the roof timbers have completely collapsed in the centre. It also looks as though the roof along Goadby Road may be tiled rather than thatched – which is something I’ve never seen before. (But perhaps it’s just had the thatch removed prior to being replaced.) Click here to see a similar view taken just a few weeks...

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Croxton Park House

Croxton Park House

Many thanks to David Carlton for allowing me to copy this photo of Park House taken in the 1920s. Today, the house is a derelict ruin, standing forlornly within Croxton Park. It’s in a very dangerous state, but in its heyday, it was the Duke of Rutland’s hunting seat where the hunt would meet regularly during the season. There is quite a lot of information on this site about the house, together with photos of it as it is today, as well as a wonderful line illustration showing it its full glory. The reason for its present state is that a local farmer – a Captain Kyle – removed the lead from the roof sometime in the 1950s. Captain Kyle is rumoured to have been a German spy, and locals believed he drove up and down Bescaby Lane during the war with his headlights full on, directing German bombers towards the ammunitions factory in Grantham. But that’s another...

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The Bishop family

The Bishop family

This family group photo is captioned ‘The Bishop family of 29 Melton Road’. It looks like it was taken in the late ’50s – early ’60s. (Click on the photo to see it in full frame.) If anyone can put names to the faces, that would be wonderful. Simply leave a comment below, or get in touch using the contact page. I received the photo along with this one of Melton Road, and this one captioned as 29 Melton Road. So I’m assuming they must have all been taken at the same...

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