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George Henry Blackburn
George Henry Blackburn

George Henry Blackburn was born at Benniworth in 1896 the second child of Enos and Mary Ellen Blackburn. He attended Donington on Bain Chapel, Day school and Sunday school. He enlisted at Louth on January 18th 1917 and, because of his experience with farm horses, was drafted into the Remounts Regiment of the Army Service Corps

On Active Service

   In February 1917 Fanny A received the following letter from George Blackburn
   R ⁄ 258530, ASC Remounts, H Sqdn No 6 Hut, Romsey, Hants.
   Dear Mrs A,
Just a line hoping to find you well as it leaves me at present. You will be surprised to have a letter from me. I have been thinking about writing to you ever since I joined the Army. I have been in since January 18th. I am among horses. It is a remount camp. We get horses from America and we get them ready for France. We send hundreds away. It is awful to think about the lads that is giving their lives for their country. I don´t know when I shall get to see you all. Has Billy Robinson gone? (Billy Robinson was one of George Blackburn´s school friends) I heard that poor old Chit Hotchin (another school friend) has got killed. It would be a shock to them. Well I am getting on in the Army as well as I expected I should. You are among all sorts of men from all parts of the Country both England, Scotland and Wales. I hope to see you again some day. Remember me to Mr A. I expect B and M is getting good big bairns by now. I heard from Mrs Wilkinson last week. Well dear friends I have told you all this time. With love from George Blackburn. p.s. Excuse bad writing.

   In August 1917 a letter arrived on a Y.M.C.A. letter head. George Blackburn was still at the same camp
   Dear Friends,
Just a line in answer to your letter and to thank you for the fags and handkerchief. I was very pleased with it. You must excuse me for not answering before. Mother has been very bad but she is mending very nicely now, she says. Well dear friends Mr R has been trying to get me off a bit but they won´t let me go yet. I think I will be able to have a pass before long. I will pop down and see you if I have time. There is not much time in three days. I am about two hundred miles from home and they only let us have five days. We are two days travelling − one coming and one going back. Well dear friends I shall be able to see Billy if he is at Somersby. With love from George Blackburn.

George Henry Blackburn

   Early in 1918 the following letter arrived. Written on a Y.M.C.A. letter head it was embossed ‘With the British Expeditionary Force’ and dated December 18th 1917. The address for reply was S101 A.P.O., B.E.F., Italy
   Dear Mrs A,
Just a line hoping to find you all well as it leaves me in good health. You will think I have forgotten all about you but I have not. I have moved as you will see from the address but I wish you all a bright and happy Xmas and New Year. Well dear friends I am longing for the day when we shall meet again in dear old Blighty. I know it won´t be very bright for my dear old mother and dad. They have nobody at home now Wilfred (George Blackburn´s brother) is living with Rawnsley´s the huntsman at Harrington Hall. Frank (another brother) is getting married this Xmas on Boxing Day. Well dear friends I must close my short letter. May it reach you safe. From your ever loving friend, George. God be with you till we meet again.

   The next letter was dated February 17th 1918 also from Italy
   My Dear Friends,
Just a line hoping to find you all well as it leaves me at present with a cold but I hope it will soon be better. You will think I have forgotten you all together but I have not you know. We are not allowed to write much. I had a letter from home not long since and mother says you are having some rough weather. We have had very good weather considering it is winter. I have not had my boots clogged with snow yet but you know it is warmer than in France. I don´t know when this Great War will end but let us hope and trust it will finish this year. It is the ruination of many a home isn´t it. I think our people is leaving this year but I don´t know. Mother says she would like to go back to where Walter (one of George Blackburn´s brothers) is buried she has never been the same since he died, poor boy. It is above two years since he was taken away from us but he is better off than me. May we all meet again some day when it is our turn. Well dear friends give my love to B and M and some of the Donington (on Bain) people. I expect there is a big change since we left. If I am lucky enough to get home this year I shall give you all a call but it will not be before next harvest or November so I have a long time to reckon on yet. I am waiting patiently, my turn will come. Well I think that is all for now so I will close with love from your ever loving friend. George Blackburn. p.s. God be with you all till we meet again.

Cremona Town Cemetery (Italy) (CWGC)
Cremona Town Cemetery (Italy) (CWGC photograph)

   This letter was undated
   My Dear Friends,
Just a line hoping you are well. My folks have moved but it is only from one side of the yard to the other. I don´t expect you are leaving are you? Give my love to M and W. I hope it won´t be long before I am home to see you all it is a long time since I was at Donington (on Bain). Well dear friends it will be a good job for us all when this awful job is over. There will be a lot of aching hearts after it is over and many a home that has lost the pride of fathers and sons. But dear friends we must keep trusting in Our Lord, He knows all and He will help us if we only put our trust in Him. Well my dear friends I think I will close these few lines with love and kisses from your ever loving friend, George. God be with you till we meet again.

George Henry Blackburn died of pneumonia on Friday 4th October 1918 aged 22 years. He was buried in Plot 6, Row B, Cremona Town Cemetery in Italy. The plot contains 83 Commonwealth burials most of whom died in No 29 Stationary hospital. The war ended just 37 days later

Arras Memorial (France) (CWGC)
Arras Memorial (France) (CWGC photograph)

Christopher ‘Chit’ Hotchin was born about 1891 at Gayton le Wold, fourth child of Richard and Harriet Hotchin. In 1901 the family were living at Donington on Bain. Christopher enlisted at Louth and became Private 201920, 2nd ⁄ 5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales´s Own) He was killed in action on 8th April 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France, Bay 4.
John Richard Hotchin, Christopher´s brother, was born at Gayton le Wold in 1889 and enlisted at Louth about the same time as Christopher. Jack Hotchin was injured but returned home to Donington on Bain and became village postman. He died on 9th October 1965 and was buried at Donington on Bain

I go back into the trenches tomorrow night

"I go back into the trenches tomorrow night"
The message on this French ‘Romantic’ postcard is dated Saturday June 12th 1915. It is addressed to Miss Florrie Fisk, 171 Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, Yorkshire. "Dear Miss Fisk, I have great pleasure in having the opportunity to send you this card before I go into the trenches again. Just to let you know I am in the pink and I hope it will find you the same. I go back into the trenches tomorrow night, Sunday so Bon Swar (sic) till we meet again. Pte J. Batty"

Donington on Bain School (1931)

Donington on Bain School (above) opened in 1931 under the headmastership of Mr Weir. It replaced the Wesleyan Methodist School in what is now Old School Lane. The above picture was probably taken before the school officially opened
More Lincolnshire Schools:
   East Barkwith (1932)
   Langworth (1957)
   Louth Grammar
   Louth Grammar (1950)
   Market Rasen De Aston
   Panton College
   South Ormsby
School Children:
   Boston School Cookery Class
   Bucknall School (1932)
   Bucknall School (1971) (1)   (2)   (3)
   Donington on Bain Juniors
   Gainsborough Church School (1918)
   Hemingby School (1907) (see below)
   Horsington School (1952)
   Horsington School (1984)
   Moorby School (1914)
   Unknown Girls School

Hemingby School (1907)
Hemingby School (1907)

Boston Docks (Port of Boston)
Boston Docks (1904)

Above: Boston Docks (c. 1904)
More pictures of Boston Docks:
   Boston Docks (c. 1902)
   Boston Docks (c. 1909)
Below: Boston Docks (undated)

Boston Docks (undated)

More recent pictures of Boston Docks (Port of Boston)
can be seen on David Dixon´s excellent shipping website

Butlins, Skegness
Butlins, Skegness (Royal Arthur)

Butlins, Skegness (Royal Arthur)

Above (top) Dungeon Bar   Above (bottom) Chalets
The top card was published by Avery´s Library and has a Skegness postmark dated 25th July 1941. It was sent by A to his mother and father at Weston Super Mare, Somerset. "This is the place we had our kit issued to us. It looked a bit different. Doesn´t it remind you something of the Grotto. I´m going home for weekend leave next week. How are my lettuces coming on?"
The Skegness postmark on the bottom card is dated 15th September 1941. It was sent by A to his parents at Weston Super Mare, Somerset. "Just a card to let you know that I have had a safe journey back to my ‘Ship’, view of same overleaf, no girls here now though. Many thanks for a lovely week−end. Writing a letter soon"
HMS Royal Arthur was commissioned on 22 September 1939 at Butlins Holiday Camp, Skegness and became a shore training establishment of the Royal Navy. It was the central reception depot for new naval entries. Royal Arthur continued in service until 1946
More Butlins Postcards:

Cafe Dansant (Skegness)
Cafe Dansant

   Grand Parade and Cafe Dansant

Fred Clements
Fred Clements

Clements´ Entertainers were probably the most popular entertainers at Skegness and Mablethorpe in the early 1900´s. They performed in theatres and on the beach at both resorts
   Clements´ Pierrots at Mablethorpe (1908)
   Clements´ Entertainers at Mablethorpe (undated)
   Clements´ London Concert Party at Skegness (1909)
   Clements´ Entertainers at Skegness (1910)
   Clements´ Royal Entertainers at Skegness
   Clements´ Arcadia Entertainers at Skegness
   Clements Arcadia Theatre (1)
   Clements Arcadia Theatre (2)
More Seaside Entertainers:
   Fred Carlton´s Entertainers at Mablethorpe
   Mablethorpe TOC H Minstrels
   Trusville Holiday Estate (Ken Wayne)
   Trusville Holiday Estate (Ken Wayne)
   C.H. Williams´ Bright Sparks Concert Party
Below: The title of this undated postcard is "Sands South of Pullover". A large group of people are watching a performance by C.H. Williams´ Bright Sparks Concert Party. The sign board of local photographer G.F. Barley is in the background

C.H. Williams Bright Sparks

Trusthorpe Radio Holiday Estate
Trusthorpe Radio Holiday Estate

Trusthorpe Radio Holiday Estate
More Seaside Holiday Estates:
   Chapel St Leonards (Marina Camping Ground)
   Chapel St Leonards (Robin Hood Camp)
   Cleethorpes (Beacholme Holiday Camp)
   Mablethorpe (Golden Sands) (aerial view)
   Mablethorpe (North End Caravan Park) (aerial view)
   Trusthorpe (Radio Holiday Estate)

Stenigot House
Stenigot House

In 1910 the Stenigot Estate was sold by Richard and Robert Chatterton to Col. H.T. Fenwick, CMG, DSO, a partner in a Sunderland brewery and Liberal M.P. for the Houghton−le−Spring division of Durham from 1892 to 1895. Stenigot House was built for Col. Fenwick in 1911 − the architect was A.N. Prentice. The house, which probably stands on the site of an earlier house, is built into the side of Stenigot Hill and overlooks the Bain valley. The Dennis family have occupied Stenigot House since the late 1940´s. This picture may well have been taken soon after the house was completed
More Great Houses of Lincolnshire:
   Bayons Manor (Tealby) (1904)
   Blankney Hall (1939)
   Burghley House (Stamford)
   Dalby Hall (1922)
   Hagnaby Priory
   Hainton Hall (1908)
   Haverholme Priory
   North Willingham House
   Raithby (Spilsby) Hall
   Riby Grove
   Sausthorpe Hall (1908)
   Sausthorpe Hall (1937)
   Scrivelsby Court
   Wellingore Hall (1907)

Panton College (near Wragby)
Panton College

     Main Entrance
Reception (1)
Reception (2)
Study (1)
Study (2)
Study (3)
Art Room
Refectory (1)
Refectory (2)
Refectory (3)
Dorm (1)
Dorm (2)
Dorm (3)
Chapel (1)
Chapel (2)
Chapel (3)
Chapel (4)
Bathing Pool
Rose Walk
St. Francis Walk
Trout Stream
Beech Walk

Woodhall Spa
Petwood Hotel
Petwood Hotel Entrance

Above: Entrance to Petwood Hotel
Below: Front of Hotel

Petwood Hotel

More postcards of Petwood Hotel:
   The Lodge
   Atalanta´s Temple
   Dutch Garden
   Lake and Temple

More Woodhall Spa Hotels:
   Dower House Hotel
   Eagle Lodge Hotel (1912)
   Golf Hotel
   Hotel Goring (later renamed Lawson Hotel)
   Lawson Hotel
   Northcote Hydro (later renamed Lawson Hotel)
   Royal (Hydro) Hotel
   Royal (Hydro) Hotel
   Royal (Hydro) Hotel Winter Gardens
   Royal (Hydro) Hotel Promenade
   Spa Hotel (later renamed Lawson Hotel)
   Victoria Hotel (Entrance)
   Victoria Hotel (1908)
   Victoria Hotel (1917)
   Victoria Hotel ‘Famous Bromo−Iodine Cures’

Eagle Lodge Hotel
Above and below: Eagle Lodge Hotel
Eagle Lodge Hotel


Above: Miss Renee Palmer as ‘Spirit of the Spring’

Woodhall Spa Golf Club
Woodhall Spa Golf Club House

Above: ‘The Golf House’ This card was printed before World War One

Thimbleby Football Team
Thimbleby Football Team

The above picture of Thimbleby Football Team probably dates from the late 1950´s or early 1960´s
More Lincolnshire Football & Cricket Teams:
   Donington on Bain Football Team (1922)
   Donington on Bain Football Team (1980)
   Donington on Bain Football Team (1982)
   Louth Cricket Team (1940)
   Louth Swifts Football Team (1906)
   South Thoresby Football Team (1935−6)
   Stickney Football Team (undated)
   Stickney Football Team (undated)
   Stickney Football Team (undated)
   Stickney Football Team (undated)

Mablethorpe Swimming Basin

Above: This card has a Mablethorpe postmark dated 1910 over a d green postage stamp and is addressed to Hill View, Harrowby Road, Grantham. George wrote "Dear Hilda. I arrived quite safe and am enjoying myself very much. I had a bath in this basin this afternoon. I will send you a letter on Monday..."
Below: Another view of Mablethorpe Swimming Basin. This card is undated, but is probably from a slightly later period to the one above


Seaside Attractions
Skegness Beach Attractions

Above: Skegness c. 1905. Helter Skelter, Big Wheel and Pleasure Boat
More Seaside Attractions:
   Cleethorpes. ‘Dipping the Dip’ (1910)
   Cleethorpes. Bathing Pool (1921)
   Cleethorpes. North Promenade and Switchback (1926)
   Mablethorpe. Helter Skelter
   Skegness. Boating from the Beach (c. 1909)
   Skegness. Beach Fun
   Skegness Boating Lake (1925)
   Skegness. Boating Lake and Venetian Bridge (c. 1935)
   Skegness. Childrens Paddling Pool (1932)
   Skegness Figure Eight (1913) (below)

Skegness. Figure 8 (1913)

Childrens Toys
Pussy´s Outing
Above: Pussy´s Outing

Handcart and Friends at Somersby
Above: Handcart and Friends at Somersby

They all had a real good time......
Wrangle Outing to Skegness

Above: Local group on a day outing to Skegness ‘Mam’ wrote "Dear Grace. Pleased to get your P.C. Look the other side. Do you recognise them. They all had a real good time. I let Madge go after all. Love to all. Mam". The card was sent from Wrangle
   Back of Card
More outings:
   Ashby Whit Monday Outing (1919)

Below: Two young ladies, pupils of Donington on Bain school, on holiday at Blackpool in the early 1950´s. Signs behind the girls are advertising a Palmist ‘BBC TV Sensation’ and Community Singing Daily. There is also a picture of singer Anne Shelton. The girls´ tartan trousers and oval−shaped lunchboxes are typical of the era

Donington on Bain Outing to Blackpool (1954)

Skegness Pier
Skegness Pier

Skegness Pier

Skegness Pier

Skegness Pier

Above: Top to bottom
This picture of Skegness Pier is dated 1906. Signs advertise ‘Orchestra Daily at 11 − Free’ ‘Seaton´s Toffee’ and ‘The Scarlet Mr E´s Are Coming’
The next picture is also from the early 1900´s and shows the original pier entrance. A board on the steps of the Pier has the message the ‘Zancigs are coming’. Julius and Agnes Zancig were international stage magicians who performed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
A charabanc pictured in front of the Pier
An early picture of the Pier with the town in the background

Below: In 1919 Skegness Pier was damaged when it was hit by the schooner ‘Europa’ This postcard was published by ‘Sanbride’ and was posted in Skegness on 26th July 1919

Skegness Pier (1919)

Skegness Pier

Above: This postcard was probably printed in the late
1930´s and shows the ‘new’ pier entrance. The Pier Cafe is on the left of the entrance and Wrates Kiosk on the right. The Arcadian Follies were performing at the Pier Pavilion

Skegness Jubilee Clock Tower
Skegness Clock Tower

The Jubilee Clock Tower was built in Lumley Road in 1898 ⁄ 9 to mark Queen Victoria´s 1897 Diamond Jubilee. It was funded through public subscription and is now a listed building. The postcard pictured above has a 1901 postmark and was sent from Clarence House, South Parade, Skegness to 6 Brook Street, Sandiacre, Nottingham. "Dear Friends, Arrived here safe, have nice apartments opposite the sea, sea very rough. I think it will do us all good, not many people about. Thanks very much for all your kindness hope to be with you about Xmas. I feel much better than I did on Sunday. With love to all....."
More Pictures of Skegness Clock Tower:
      Views looking north
   Clock Tower (Battle of Flowers) (1906)
   Clock Tower (Goat Carts) (1915)
   Clock Tower (1924)
      View looking east
   Clock Tower (1921)
      View looking west
   Clock Tower (Busy Scene) (undated)

Louth Flood − 29th May 1920
Louth Flood (1920)

Above: A small group of people inspect the damage caused by the flood of 29th May 1920. The sign hanging from the damaged building advertises R. Freeman, Family Butcher
Below: Workmen clearing up after the flood

Louth Flood (1920)

Louth Flood (1920)

Above: Eve Street and Drill Hall
Below: View in Spout Yard

Louth Flood (1920)

Wellingore Village Cross
Wellingore Village Cross

Above: Wellingore Village Cross. This printed postcard was published by C.B. Aram, Chemist, Wellingore
More Ancient Crosses:
   Little Steeping Churchyard Cross (top left)
   Mavis Enderby Churchyard Cross (top right)
   North Kyme Village Cross (bottom right)
   Partney Churchyard Cross (bottom left)
   Somersby Church and Cross
   Spilsby Market Cross (top)
   Stixwould Churchyard Cross (bottom right)
   Sudbrook Churchyard Cross (bottom left)
   Sutton St. James (top right)
   Swineshead Stone Cross (bottom right)
   Tattershall Market Cross (top left)
   West Rasen Churchyard Cross (bottom left)

Sutton St. James Cross is known locally as St. Ives Cross or Butter Cross
The Swineshead Cross is on the Bicker road and marks the place where old markets were held
Tattershall Market Cross was restored in 1906. It was damaged by a lightening strike around 1875

Thomas Atkinson
The Murdered Gamekeeper
Thomas Atkinson (The Murdered Gamekeeper)  Thomas Atkinson (The Murdered Gamekeeper)
Thomas Atkinson (The Murdered Gamekeeper)

Above: A card with a picture of Thomas Atkinson, the murdered gamekeeper, was sent by Mrs Eden to her son G. Eden at North Camp, Aldershot

Markets and Fairs
Lincoln Horse Fair (1910)

Above: Lincoln Horse Fair (1910)
In the early 1900´s Lincoln Horse Fair was held in the High Street. In this picture The Spread Eagle Inn and Lord Nelson Inn can be seen on the north side of the river and the Black Goats Inn on the south side. Other businesses include Albion House at No 304 High Street and Webb Outfitters at No 306
More Markets and Fairs:
   Grimsby (Freeman Street)
   Lincoln (Cattle Market)
   Louth (1987)
   Spalding Tuesday Market (1908)

Below: Louth Wednesday Market (1950´s)
This card is incorrectly captioned ‘Market Place, Louth’ Businesses shown include Masons Arms, Topley and Central Cafe. A van belonging to W. Crowder and Sons of Horncastle, in front of which is a display of plants, is parked beside the Masons Arms hotel. Raised cages containing live poultry and rabbits line the centre of the area and on the south side of the Cornmarket is a large display of plants and other produce. A Hillman Minx Californian motor car is parked in the foreground

Louth Wednesday Market (1950´s)

Cleethorpes Pier Fire (1903)

Fire at Cleethorpes Pier Pavilion, June 29th 1903

Cleethorpes Kinema de Luxe Fire

The "Royal" Kinema−De−Luxe at Cleethorpes was destroyed by fire on the night of 20th August 1919

Boston Wesleyan Chapel Fire, 29th June 1909
Boston Chapel Fire (1909)

Above: Boston Wesleyan Chapel Fire, 29th June 1909. Published by Hackford. The photographer appears to have added a few ‘enhancements’ to this picture. The card has a Boston postmark dated 1909 and is addressed to Miss Auton, C ⁄ o Mrs Lumley, Victoria Avenue, Thirsk. May wrote "Dear Billy, Many thanks for your kind letter. This is owe (sic) the Wesleyan Chapel looked last Tuesday night. Don´t think that is dad looking on as he was round the other side helping with the fire. It was a sight their (sic) is only the outside wall is left. Should you have liked to have seen it. All send love to you. From your loving friend..."

‘Dear son looks like a little pig’
"Dear Mag, Did you get P.C. allright (sic) Kindly write back. I am not gone on the photo my son looks like a little pig. P.S. It´s not bad of you"

‘Dear Jessie...... Mother has not got your drawers done’
"Dear Jessie. Mother has not got your drawers done but she will send them by Nan on Friday we are sending you this button to put on them it was the Band of Hope treat yesterday Nan and me went to the tea and meeting Mr Page and F. Crowson was speakers and the Miss Christophers recited and we are going to Aunts today we are looking forward to that. Old Mr Sheils is dead died on Monday. Love from all, Hal"

‘Dear Mam...... write back. Ethel’
"Sep 1st. Dear Mam, Thanks for forwarding letter and P.C. I expect you thought it was from John but it wasn´t, it was from I. Standaloft and he says he is in the best of health different to what Walter said isn´t it. This picture is of Dug Paynes house and tell Sybil he was out with a girl last night but don´t know who she is. Marjorie and I clued last night a pair a (of?) daft apes. Write back, Ethel. Grandma received Sybil´s letter as well"

‘No coal on Monday next......’
"No coal on Monday next for E.F. Harris. Call as usual Monday week. 12 Bartholomew Street West"

‘Dear Bill. Arrived today with "wife"......’
This card has a small, single ring Skegness postmark dated 26th July 1919 and is addressed to 97 Lower Thrift Street, Northampton. "Dear Bill. Arrived today with "wife". Having fine time. Weather good. Staying a week. Give my kind regards to wife". The card was sent from C−o Mrs Barber, Drummond Villas, South Parade, Skegness

‘Dear E & E. Thanks for P.C.’
This card has a Skegness postmark dated 1933 and a 1d red postage stamp. It is addressed to Misses E. Bray and E. McAdams at Moorlyn, 64 Trafalgar Square, Scarborough. Lucy and Lizzie wrote "Dear E & E. Thanks for P.C. See where we have got to? It´s grand here and half a day is long enough. We are nearly broke. We hav´nt got as far as the sea yet. Tea is more in our line. We are too full for words. Bye bye and be good girls......"

‘Do shrimps fly?......’
Eunice wrote "Do shrimps fly. Having a lovely time especially when we have hot shrimps for tea. Put them in the pot to boil and they nearly jump out into the fire. Am sitting in the hut on the prom writing this and watching the tide come in. Hope you are good girls and not whispering in conductors ears......" The card has a Sutton on Sea postmark dated 1928 and was sent from ‘Ripstone’ Alford Road, Sutton on Sea to two ladies at the Nursing Association, Tentercroft Street, Lincoln

Amateur Dramatics ⁄ Garden Fetes
South Elkington (1923)

Written on the back of the above picture is the caption ‘Louie Hudson April 26th 1923’. Louie Hudson worked as a maid at Elkington Hall and can be seen here in the centre of the middle row

Below: Louie Hudson
Louie Hudson

More Amateur Dramatics ⁄ Fete pictures:
   Horsington Church Fete (1936)
   Horsington Church Fete (1939)
   Horsington Church Fete (1939)
   Old Bolingbroke Pageant
   Stickney Gala
   Fancy Dress at Thurlby (1921)

Lincolnshire Railways
Goods Train near Benniworth Haven

Above: Goods train approaching Donington on Bain from South Willingham in 1950
More Railway Pictures:
Railway Stations
   Donington on Bain (1951)
   East Barkwith (see note 1)
   Stixwould (remains of platform 2009)
Other Railway Pictures
   Louth ⁄ Bardney Timetable (1947)
   67379 at East Barkwith in 1951
   67379 at Wragby ‘last day of service 3−9−51’
(note 1) This picture is incorrectly captioned ‘Theddlethorpe GNR’

Long Half−day at the Seaside
Jacksons Outing to Skegness (1906)

Each summer in the early 1900´s, Jackson and Son, Mens, Youths and Ladies Outfitters of North Street, Horncastle organised ‘Long Half−day’ trips to the seaside. Special discounts were available for staff and regular customers and paid−up members of Jackson´s Clothing Club received a free ticket. On 4th July 1906 two special trains left Horncastle Station at 12.40 for Skegness and Boston. The full fare was 1s 9d (approx. 9p) The Horncastle Town and Volunteer Band (under the conductorship of bandmaster F. Blyth) accompanied the trip and played a selection of music in the Pavilion Gardens at Skegness after tea. A special ‘meat tea’ was available in the Pavilion for which tickets were available at 1s (5p) One train arrived back at Horncastle at 7.30 pm and the other at 8.30 pm. The year before the outbreak of the Great War the trip was still well supported and on 2nd July 1913 1,181 people boarded trains at Horncastle station for this popular annual excursion.

‘1,181 people boarded trains at Horncastle station’
Jacksons Outing to Skegness (1913)

High Toynton ‘A Thankful Village’
High Toynton Church c. 1848

High Toynton Church c. 1872

High Toynton Church 2009

Above: The Church of St. John the Baptist was rebuilt in 1872. The previous church was erected in 1779. High Toynton is one of the Thankful Villages that did not suffer fatalities during the Great War although one soldier died who was born there but resident elsewhere at the time of his death
Top to bottom
   The Church before the 1872 restoration
   After the 1872 restoration
   Summer 2009 (David Dixon)