Delve into the past of Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and The Deepings with Mercury Memories

10 years ago

A new brewery will be moving into a disused town centre garage.

Publican and farmer Mick Thurlby and brewer Simon Rains will be transforming the former Stamford Tyres and Exhausts in St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, into a brewery.

Stamford Brewing Company is hoped to be open in the autumn and it will be brewing up to 3,500 gallons of real ale a week.

25 years ago: May 10, 1996 – May Day celebrations at Barnack.May Queen Emily Brown is pictured with attendants Ruth Viney. Lucy Holland, Emma Johnson, Deanne Haggerty, Isobel Beal and Sarah Boyle.

The pair have run Ufford Ales for five years but the business has outgrown its current base in the White Hart, Main Street, Ufford.

The company will be re-branded in the move and will be creating up to five new jobs.

Stamford has a great brewing heritage and this is believed to be the first brewery to open in the town for more than 100 years.

50 years ago: May 14, 1971 – Three Stamford Red Cross cadets received Duke of Edinburgh gold awards at the Darby and Joan Hall, on Thursday. Pictured Sue Swingler, of Queen's Walk, Frances Ray, of Tinwell Road, and Rosemary Pearce, of Queen's Walk, who were presented with the awards by the Earl of Ancaster.
50 years ago: May 14, 1971 – Three Stamford Red Cross cadets received Duke of Edinburgh gold awards at the Darby and Joan Hall, on Thursday. Pictured Sue Swingler, of Queen’s Walk, Frances Ray, of Tinwell Road, and Rosemary Pearce, of Queen’s Walk, who were presented with the awards by the Earl of Ancaster.

Mr Thurlby, who also owns pubs and property in Stamford and Bourne, is excited by the move.

He said: “We wanted the profile of Stamford and we have outgrown our current site. It is great for Stamford and great for jobs.”

Brewer Mr Rains, 36, of Great Northern Gardens, Bourne, said: “It is really exciting, it is something I have wanted to do for a long while.”

Guide groups are looking forward to meeting in a new purpose-built hut by the end of the year.

Building work for a new Girlguiding headquarters in Conduit Road, Stamford, is due to start on Monday, more than five years after leaders first submitted their plans to the council.

The existing wooden hut was closed in 2006 on health and safety grounds, forcing a number of rainbow, brownie and guide group to find new homes.

Since then a team of volunteer leaders from the Welland Valley division of Girlguiding, have submitted a string of planning applications to South Kesteven District Council for a new headquarters.

They have faced a number of setbacks, in particular when a housing developer pulled out of buying some of the land.

But planning permission has finally been granted and half of the site has been sold to free up £80,000 to build the new centre, which will include a function room, toilets, kitchen and storage facilities.

Parents are calling for a change to the education system according to a new report.

Headteachers and parents want a review of secondary school system in Stamford according to a new report compiled by Lincolnshire County Council.

The council is looking at the impact of its decision four years ago to axe funding scholarships to Stamford Endowed School and the report will go to the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee today.

The report is recommending that the council develop proposals to transform education for 11 to 18-year-olds in the Stamford area by working with the Young People’s Agency, a Government body.

Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools Stephen Robert has welcomed the report but says that it does not provide any solutions.

The report states that over the last three years half of the pupils in Stamford primary schools go to Stamford Queen Eleanor School while a quarter go to the private schools and a remaining quarter are educated outside of Stamford such as Bourne Grammar School and Casterton Business and Enterprise College.

25 years ago

A couple in Great Casterton found a medieval treasure when they were digging their garden, an inquest was told at Oakham on Wednesday.

Steven Peache, of College Close, told the inquest jury that he had been putting an old stone sink in his garden, which he was going to use as a planter, when his wife noticed something in the soil he had removed.

He said:”We realised it was a ring and washed off the soil, which revealed an inscription on the top. Wanting to know more we took it to Oakham Museum, they did not recognise the inscription but said the ring was possibly medieval.”

The ring was then taken to Oakham police station but when nobody claimed it, the ring was handed to the British Museum.

Their report stated the ring was 76 per cent gold with a bullion value of £24.90 and the inscription read “loyal dauphin” – which probably meant loyal to the heir.

The jury found that the ring should not be handed to The Crown and because Mr and Mrs Peachey had found it on their own land they should be allowed to keep it.

Postal service in Stamford and the surrounding area could be hit by a double blow.

On Monday the result of a national ballot will be released and could spell the start of strike action by Post Office Counters staff.

On the same day, a further nationwide ballot will begin, calling for industrial action to be taken by Royal Mail workers.

The move for a Post Office strike has been instigated over plans to close Crown post Officers.

For the past few weeks Stamford residents and post office staff have been campaigning to save the town’s 100-year-old office in All Saints’ Street from being closed and relocated in a central position.

Bourne’s historical Red Hall was transformed for the filming of the television costume drama Moll Flanders this week.

The Red Hall was chosen by ITV’s Granada because of its resemblance to a house in Virginia, USA.

Filming has also been taking place at Grimsthorpe Castle, which has previously been used as a backdrop in the BBC dramas Middlemarch and The Buccaneers.

Moll Flanders, written by Daniel Defoe, has been adapted for television by Andrew Davies, who also worked on Pride and Prejudice.

The leading role of Moll is being played by Alex Kingston, with Diana Rigg, of Avengers fame, as Moll’s mother.

The quick-thinking actions of Rik Cannon and residents in Capendale Close, Ketton, prevented a kitchen fire from spreading while the owner was just yards away doing a good deed for a neighbour.

Hazel Bradshaw, cook supervisor at Ketton School, left her house in Monday for just a few minutes to take a meal she had cooked to a friend in Capendale Close. She returned to find the kitchen on fire and smoke pouring from the roof.

Although switched off, residual heat from her kitchen hob ignited oil in a chip pan.

Neighbour Connie Day raised the alarm and Rik went through the front door of the burning house and crawled under the smoke, fearing there might be someone inside.

After discovering the house was empty he then used a garden hose pointed through a open kitchen window to put out much of the fire, before going inside to put a wet towel over the flaming chip pan.

50 years ago

After one hundred years of family ownership, the shareholders of Melbourn Bros Ltd, All Saints’ Brewery, Stamford, have decided to invite offers for the entire share capital of the company.

The staff at the Brewery and the tenants of the company’s tied houses have all been informed personally of the proposed sale.

The decision to sell was taken by the board and shareholders only after a great deal of thought, and not least because of high taxation.

There is no question of the company being in any kind of financial difficulty. Indeed, the financial results of the year just ended (March 31, 1971) constitute a record and these follow a long period of expansion and prosperity.

It seemed to them that to offer the company for sale as a going concern might be one of the best means of preserving its identity, says a statement from the firm.

Organisers of two local charity walks on Sunday are anxious to let parents know the safety precautions they are taking.

This follows last weekend’s tragedy when two walkers were killed near Brighton.

The local walks this weekend are the Stamford Spastics Society walk in aid of spastics generally and extensions at the Lincolnshire Spastics Centre in particular, and the Easton-on-the-Hill Playing Field Committee walk.

Mr. A. J. Nicholls, secretary of the Spastics Society, points out that their walk starts at 10 am from Exeter School and covers the relatively traffic free roads of Rutland.

There will be plenty of stewards and first aid helpers and signs are being prepared to warn motorists that a walk is in progress.

Precise instructions as to the route and hints on safety are issued to walkers as they start.

Mr Keith Morton says of the Easton walk that it starts and finishes at the school. The start is at 9.30 a.m.

Mr Morton said: “We realise that, following this double tragedy, parents are anxious about the safety of their children on Sunday’s walk.

“Every precaution possible is being taken for their safety. Police have been informed of the walk and have indicated that they will patrol parts of the route.”

The purchase and sale of Forestry Commission land by Bourne Urban Council was, financially, a hazardous business, Councillor Percy Wilson said, on Tuesday.

For, while he wanted 7½ acres of valuable land adjacent to Westbourne Park, Bourne, used for house building, he was against council’s proposal to sell the land as private plots. Recognised developers, such as Fosters and Parkers, Mr Wilson said, should be encouraged to undertake the development.

“The cost of this land is likely to be about £25,000,” he continued. “Roads will cost another £25,000, making a total of £50,000. This, paid back, probably over 60 years, will mean paying nearly £100,000.

“It is funny, but we have sold only one plot in St Gilbert’s Road, for £1,200. We should not stand in the way of developers.”

100 years ago

Fire Brigade Memorial – The Mayor and Corporation will attend Divine service at All Saints’ church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, at the conclusion of which his Worship will unveil the memorial placed at the headquarters of the Brigade to two of their number who made the great sacrifice in the war. There will be a Territorial Company parade on this occasion; parade, 2.30 sharp; dress, Service dress. The Company officer trusts that every effort will be made by members of the Company to attend this parade.

Kettering-Stamford ‘Bus Service – A proposal is afoot to inaugurate a service of motor ‘buses between Kettering and Stamford. It is felt that the project would meet with much public support, the railway communications in the area between these towns being, to say the least, meagre.

Stamford Board of Guardians – Mr. F. W. Everdell (Workhouse master) on Monday reported that owing to the shortage of coal the steam laundry machinery was at a standstill, he was authorised to hire a wringer. Mr. J. B. Tomms suggested that if one were purchased, failing the possibility of hiring, it would be useful for the future. Lord Exeter asked if they were to regard that suggestion as implying that other coal strikes would follow the present one. (laughter.) Mr. Tomms said that was not want he wished to imply. No notification of appointment of overseers having been received from Braceborough, Wilsthorpe, Stowe and Pickworth, the following appointments were made: Wilsthorpe, Mr. J. Mather and Mr. Strawson; Braceborough, Mr. Stephen Smith and Mr. Mitchell; Stowe, Mr. G. F. W. Nottingham; Pickworth, Mr. F. Gilman and Mr. Whitcher.

Ejectment Applications – At the Police Court on the 5th inst., Mr. R. Wade made application on behalf of Mr. Callis T. Bell for the occupation of a house in the Austerby, Bourne, now occupied by Mrs. Jackson and her family. Mr. Kelham appeared on behalf of the tenant. The application was made under a certificate from the County Agricultural Committee. Mr. Bell, in reply to Mr. Kelham, said that the man for whom he required the house was not employed by him for more than two days a week, at present owing to his being seven miles from Bourne. Mr. Kelham submitted that before the application could succeed the person for whom the house was required must be in Mr. Bell’s regular employ, and the bench refused the application. Mr. R. G. Coles, surveyor to the Urban District Council, applied for an ejectment order against Robert Lloyd, of Bedehouse Bank, Bourne, and the Court made an order for possession in 21 days. Wm. Robinson, of Deeping St, James, made application for an ejectment order against Mrs. Jane Burton, of the same place. It transpired that he had not served the tenant with a notice of his intention to make that application, and the court was not in a position to hear the case.


The School re-assembled after their Easter vacation on Thursday in last week.

More Gas – In addition to a supply of gas for one hour for cooking purposes – morning, noon, and tea-time – a ration of 11/2 hours is allowed from 8.30 to 10 p.m.

150 years ago

The clock of St. Mary’s church, Stamford, is expected to be set going again in about a fortnight. We believe it is not generally known when St.Martin’s clock will begin to tell the time.

The bell of the Catholic church, Stamford, was consecrated on the 4th inst. by the Bishop of Northampton, the Right Rev. Dr. Amherst, assisted by several of the Catholic clergy of the neighbourhood. The same day it was placed in its position in the campanile. It is from the celebrated founders, Taylor and Co, of Loughborough, and possesses a sweet tone, its note being tenor G. The campanile rapidly approaches completion, and has a pleasing effect when viewed from the west side in Broad-street. It is constructed of Casterton stone from the quarries of Mr. C, Simpson.

The report of the water supply of Stamford, to be made by Mr. Hawksley, who surveyed the locality four or five months ago, is said to be at length in a state of preparation and may be expected to be delivered in the course of another month. This week samples of the Welland water and the Chater water have been sent to the engineer by his request; whence it is inferred that, in the event of the Wothorpe springs being in his estimation insufficient to yield a constant adequate supply, the use of river water will be recommended.

The very clever family of eight brothers and sisters, who, under the title of the Cremona Musical Union, have for some time past been giving successful entertainments in the Lincolnshire towns, have made arrangements for two performances this week at the Assembly-room, Stamford.

Stamford Union – At the meeting of the Board on Wednesday, the Guardians were surprised to receive a tender of the resignation of the new master and matron of the workhouse, after only ten days’ experience of the duties. The ground assigned was the disorganized state of the establishment, and the apparent difficulty of restoring proper discipline. The resignations were accepted, and it was agreed to advertise for a married couple to fill the vacancies.

An announcement is made that a baby show will be held in Stamford next Monday, and that three prizes in crockery will be given to the parents of the finest infants. It is said there is certain to be competition for the prizes, which is offered by a dealer in Staffordshire ware, whose main object is of course to get the public together that he may have a better chance of pushing trade.


15th Lincolnshire Rifle Volunteers – The half-yearly competition for the Prince of Wales challenge cup took place on the 29th ult., and was won by private Joseph Flatters with an excellent score of 49 marks. The ranges were 200, 500 and 600 yards, five rounds at each distance; Wimbledon targets and scoring,

On Monday morning last a report was circulated at Baston that John Newcomb, 77 years old, had attempted suicide by cutting his throat with a large pocket knife. He has been ill several months, and the fear of having to go to the parish for relief after his sick pay from the club is discontinued has preyed upon his mind, it is thought caused him to commit the rash act. He is under medical attendance, and may probably recover.

200 years ago

An inquest was held on Saturday at Bourn, by Mr. Edwards, coroner, on a child who had been poisoned by eating arsenic which had been mixed with ugar for destroying rats. Another child was dangerously ill from having partaken of the same fatal mixture, which had been incautiously placed within their finding.

The house of Mrs. Webb, grocer and chandler in the Market-place, Leicester, was destroyed by fire early on Thursday morning the 3d inst. The family had retired to rest at eleven o’clock the preceding night, and had some difficulty in escaping from the flames, which are supposed to have been occasioned by the snuff of a candle having been suffered to fall under the counter in the shop, amongst some tallow.

Stamford Sessions, May 5 – John Smith, convicted at the last sessions of assaulting Joseph Reesby (when judgment was respited to give the defendant an opportunity of making satisfaction to the prosecutor) was not called up for judgment, it appearing that a compromise had taken place. There was no other business before the Court. The Deputy Recorder, in his charge to the Grand Jury, stated the determination of the Magistrates to compel publicans to sell ale, &c. by the full lawful sealed measure only, instead of their present mode of retailing mugs and glasses.

After the above Sessions, Thomas Price, a journeyman cordwainer, of this borough, who stood committed for further examination on a capital charge of maliciously maiming his wife, Hannah Price, by stabbing her with a knife in the right side on Sunday morning the 30th ult., was, after a full examination of the surgeon who attended her, and several other witnesses, committed to Lincoln Castle for trial at the next assizes under Lord Ellenborough’s Act. This is one of those afflicting cases in which besotted men render themselves, by habitual and excessive drinking, burdensome and dangerous to all connected with them. In a moody fit, when scarcely recovered from the stupor of a long excess, the savage fellow stabbed his wife with a knife used in his trade of a shoemaker, because she refused to give him money with which to go again to the public-house.

Stamford & Kettering Turnpike-road.

There not being a sufficient number of Trustees assembled to transact business upon the day appointed for the last Quarterly Meeting at Weldon, we, the undersigned, being five of the Trustees appointed for carrying into execution an Act of Parliament made and passed in the 56th year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the Third, for repairing and widening the road from St. Martin, Stamford baron, do hereby request you will give Notice that a General Meeting of the Trustees of the First District of the said Road will be held, at the King’s Arms Inn in Weldon, in the county of Northampton, on Thursday the 17th day of May instant, at 11 o’clcok in the forenoon, for the purpose of passing the Treasurer’s and Surveyor’s accounts, and also taking into consideration the expediency of a further Advance of Money for carrying on the Repairs of the said First District of Road.

Oundle, 2d May, 1821.

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