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Protestation Returns – 1642 Census

The Protestation Returns are the closest record we have to a census from 1642. If you can trace your ancestors back to 1642, and you know which county and parish they lived in, it may be worth looking to see if their names are in the Protestation Returns. By order of the House of Commons,…

Temperance Hall

The temperance hall was located on Fieldside and was demolished in 1984. A bungalow, called Melody Lodge now stands on its site. The deeds of the building that are now included with those of Melody Lodge provide some of its history. In 1833 the trustees of the of the Wesleyan Sunday School acquired the copyhold property on…

Maps of the Isle of Axholme

National Archives 1407 Inclesmoor Map – MPC 1/56  – also a lightly coloured plan of same area DL 42/12 1596 Saxtons map of south of the Isle before the drainage. – MPB 1/16 1633 The Plott of all such landes as were lately drained.. [Well illustrated with dividers etc] – MR 1/336 1633 The Plott of all such landes as were lately drained.. – MR…

W C Blades, Wheelwright, Crowle

William Cordwin blades was originally born in 1852 at Spilsby. The 1861 census shows the 9 year old William living with his family at Normanby-by-Spital where his father was Innkeeper of the Cross Keys. By the 1871 census, the 19 year-old William was apprenticed to William Brown, a wheelwright in Ealand. In 1873 he married Sarah Kelsey whose family were boot makers. Not long…

ON THE PROPORTION OF PERSONS IN ENGLAND CAPABLE OF READING AND WRITING – With some reference to Crowle

The Penny Magazine August 18, 1838 and continued August 25 1838 ON THE PROPORTION OF PERSONS IN ENGLAND CAPABLE OF READING AND WRITING It, unfortunately, happens that the only investigation conducted on a large scale for the purpose of ascertaining the extent to which the people of this country avail themselves of the existing means of obtaining a knowledge…

Regal Cinema

The land on which the cinema is built is shown to be a blacksmith’s yard on the 1911 Tax Map. Th ‘undeveloped site can be seen on the left-hand side of this postcard from early in the 20th century. The Regal Cinema was built by Joseph Spivey to replace ‘The Picture House’ in the Market Hall….

Dick Spivey’s Memories

From Leigh Spivey This is my Dads Memories I was talking to you about last night.This part goes up to the start of WW2 The following is a typed copy of my father – Harry Duncan (Dick ) Spivey`s Memoirs and was handwritten by him in the 1980’s. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could…