Further information signboards and Blue plaque ideas

Grantham’s historic industry in Spitalgate caused the huge expansion in the population of Grantham in the 19th century of engineering firms led by the Hornsby family. People were moving from the country to the town to work in the new factories which were making agricultural machinery and equipment. The expansion carried on after WW1 and with the establishment of Aveling Barford helped to raise the town out of the depths of the depression of the 1920’s and early 1930’s

Grantham has a little known history of gun making. With help from Richard Tuxworth of the Grantham Family History society we are researching no less than 19 gun makers who lived and worked in the town in mainly the 18th century. The UK’s most celebrated gun maker James Purdey said of our Joseph Manton “But for him we should all have been blacksmiths”. We hope the research will enable us to prepare an information board to tell the gun makers story.

More distinguished Granthamians?

Alan Roulstone was born at 47 North Parade, Grantham in 1919. He went to The King’s School and then to the Nottingham School of Art. He was a talented artist who specialized in pen and ink drawings. He travelled the county and then the entire country drawing sketches of pubs and hotels and usually selling the finished drawing to the landlords and owners. He eventually published many books of his work and died in 1989. His son Stephen has provided us with his father’s biography and the details of his archive and work. Alan is a good candidate for a Blue plaque.



·         There are more – your suggestions would be welcome.