Information Signboards

The local organisation Grantham Future headed by Cllr Jacky Smith provided the funding for two information signboards and a series of six blue plaques to commemorate famous people who have lived in or who had a Grantham connection. The information boards are designed to tell the history of buildings, people and events in the area where they are placed. The society produces a project plan with subject ideas and these are passed to local artist Richard Coppin.

Richard produces a pencil draft which usually goes through a few stages as the text is researched and agreed to complement Richard’s amazing drawings. The wording is checked for historical accuracy with local historians. The Society has had help from Malcolm Knapp, David and Ruth Crook, John Manterfield, John Pinchbeck and Michael Honeybone. When the design is ready graphic designer Paul Bond takes over and uses his design skills to present the whole thing in an A1 context. More discussion takes place and often there are minor changes. Paul produces a final proof which is signed off and a disk then made which is sent to the Nottingham manufacturer Caliba. The signboard takes about a month to make.

There are other possibilities for signboards in the town. The London Road area was the site of much of Grantham’s industrial development and the town has a rich railway history. Manthorpe Road was the site of Grantham’s Windsor chair cottage industry in the 19th century.

The present information Signboards are: