Local interest

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. Terry writes: “I know it must be prior to that date as John Hibbert (stout chap at the back in top hat) died in 1881. He was my great-grandfather. The photo may have appeared in the Nottingham Guardian originally – I’ll try to find out. The Hibberts were a Nottingham family,...

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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...

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Croxton Abbey

Croxton Abbey

After much detective work – and with the help of a number of people – I’ve finally managed to discover the exact position of Croxton Abbey. Before its destruction on the orders of Henry VIII, it was one of the most powerful medieval monasteries in the East Midlands. Today, there’s very little evidence that it ever existed. The site was excavated over a number of years in...

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Croxton Park House

Croxton Park House

Many thanks to local post-card collector and book publisher, Trevor Hickman, for allowing me to copy this 1732 illustration of Croxton Park House from one of his collection of local history books. (Click on the illustration to view it in full frame.) The remains of this house, which can be seen from a footpath at the end of Bescaby Lane, have always fascinated me. The roof is now in a very...

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Agricultural Hall

Agricultural Hall

Many thanks to John Hurton for sending this intriguing illustration of the Agricultural Hall – which once stood just past the Methodist Chapel on the road to Grantham (where the fair is held today). In his email, John writes: “The Agricultural Hall was built in 1838 and demolished in 1862. Stone from the Hall was used in the construction of two of the Duke of Rutland’s farms in...

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Croxton Park hunt

Croxton Park hunt

Many thanks to Phil for tracking down this tremendous photo of the Duke of Rutland’s Hunt at Croxton Park. (Click on the image to expand it.) The image comes from the 10th anniversary issue of Life Magazine dated 25th November 1946. The caption reads: ‘Out for a brisk run, the Duke of Rutland’s hunting party winds across the meadow in the mist of an English morning’. The...

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