Market Place No 28

No 28 is the building to the left, on the corner.

Sue Lindsay – I remember the T.S.B bank on the corner.

Mark Fox – The first Harlequin was opposite the Red Lion pub, and was the TSB afterwards.

Sue Lindsay = TSB. was on the end Harlequin was next door. I worked there.

Michael Hubbert – By the way I used to work for the TSB at Market Rasen and spent some Monday’s and Friday’s at the part time branch in Caistor. I have a book showing the history of the Lincoln Savings Bank ( part of the TSB group) and there are couple of short but interesting entries re the Caistor branch, I note you have some details re the Nat West so maybe this may help with the TSB:
“When in June 1948 the committee were informed that they could buy a property in High Street, Caistor for £1,300 they immediately applied to the Commissioners for their sanction to do so, but because the valuation of the premises by the District Valuer was considerably below that figure the Bank’s application was refused. Nevertheless other premises were obtained for £450 and after alterations had been made costing some £300, a part time branch was opened in Caistor on the 12th November 1948.”
In a further entry:
“In July 1948 premises were obtained for £450 in the Market Place at the corner of High Street, Caistor. Alterations were made and a part time branch was opened on the 12th November 1948 with hours of business 10am – 4pm on Mondays and Friday’s.”
Both extracts from ‘The Trustee Savings Bank of Yorkshire and Lincoln’ by C. Donald Hebden (1981)
The committee referred to would have been a local board of Trustees and the commissioners were the National Debt Commissioners.
The following are my memories;
I seem to recall my mother telling me of a local lady who was initially in charge, the name may have been Miss Reeder? By the time I went there in the mid 1970’s Betty Markham was the officer in charge, after that in the early 80’s two officers from Market Rasen attended and the most senior was in charge, that was sometimes myself. The branch must have closed by 1990, I had a few years away and when I returned I believe it had gone.
It was a strange building for a bank, basically 4 rooms each on top of the other including a cellar. By the time I arrived you no longer had to go down there for coal for the fire but I understand you did well into the 60’s. And as the fire place was no more than 2 feet behind the counter it must have been uncomfortable when there was a good blaze! Would you believe that even in the 1970s we still took cash in our private cars from Rasen to Caistor and then walked from the Market Place with it, I usually kept it in my inside pocket! Also when the bandit screens were fitted such was the unique design of the building the fitters were confused and set them up so the customers could either open the door from their side or lock the staff in if they chose. That wasn’t an issue as you could walk round the screens by going into the bay window. I think this may have been the last golden days of banking.

Margaret Dennis – Mrs. Lill had a dress shop called Sherrys as their daughter was called Shereeda.after the cafe moved into the Market Place.

2020 Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days

Welcome to the Caistor Heritage Trust and Arts and Heritage page.

The first talk is around the outside of the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. The script is based on an original one by Don Morgan. The film has been created in memory of Don. Start the walk at the main gate to the church off Church Street.

From the Church make your way into Fountain Street and up to the Arts and Heritage Centre. The next film can start from here.

After this walk make your way back up to the Arts and Heritage Centre and across the Horse Market up to the old National School.

For a short written description of the Fountain Street walk click the following: http://Fountain-Street-short-version.pdf

For a map of the main highlights on the Fountain Street walk follow the link:http://03-Map-1887-Fountain-Street.pdf

For shorter written description of the Horsemarket walk use the following link: http://Horsemarket-short-guide.pdf

Now for a longer walk around the Inns of Caistor from the Arts and Heritage Centre up Plough Hill. This will bring you back to the Market Place to Church Street.

For a short written description of the Inns walk click the following:

For a map marking the inns click the following: http://Town-Inns-map.pdf

There are no notes or comments during the next film but a chance to travel a couple of miles out of Caistor and enjoy the Parish Church of Rothwell, St. Mary Magdlene.

Mill Lane – Gorbutt

The boys are Thomas (born 1888 and died 1936)and Robert Gorbutt, Robert died young but Tom went on to be a butcher (which he hated). Their father lived on Mill Lane. He had many daughters, but he died relatively young. Another branch of the Gorbutt family had a draper’s and grocer’s shop on South Street. The uniform is, I presume, the expected style for the Grammar School, or a similar school. If it was the Caistor Grammar School the pupils would have been taught by the Rev. Robert Thomas and / or the Re. Thomas J. Thorburn. Thomas did not make it easy for his successor at the Grammar School as he set up a small school, in his vicarage at Cabourne. Note and photograph from the Rev. David Saunders Collection. Caistor Heritage Trust.

Brigg Road – Rhodes Family

John Rhodes lived on Brigg Road and he had a gardening business which included, at one point, supplying a large number of hedge seedlings to Thomas John Dixon of Holton Hall. In 1823 his daughter, Margaret, was born. She became a schoolmistress. She did not marry but had two sons by R. H. Kirkby, a sadler. Margaret’s family did not reject her and in 1861 was at home acting as her father’s housekeeper with her sons George (4) and John (2). In 1871 she was living on her own, with the boys at Hundon. They were already working as baker’s and printer’s boys. Later, in 1881, they were both working for Thomas Johnson, coach builder on the High Street, Caistor. Margaret was a poet. A descendant of Margaret’s let Rev. David Saunders, see a notebook full of her poems. David says, “she was more of a rhymester than inspired, but she could produce appropriate effusions to meet a particular situation. There was one, for instance, praising Miss Mary Ann Marris of the Old Vicarage who was very generous to the local poor.” If anyone is aware of where the notebook is now I would love to hear from them to see if we can add it to the website Photograph and notes from the Rev David Saunders Collection. Caistor Heritage Trust.

Click on the following to read a poem about Caistor by Arthur Rhodes.  Arthur Rhodes Poem

Mary Wilkinson – “Rhodes lived at 100 Brigg Road but none left in Caistor now.” Peter Radcliffe, ” On the right, on the part between the corner after Canada lane, and the Caistor signs.”

George Rhodes, bottom row, the 2nd on the left. Photograph – Mary Wilkinson

Mary Wilkinson – “My great Uncle George Rhodes drove for Browns for many years (and told me off when I when I sat at the back waving to boys out of the window!) good old days!”

1929 September Order of the Buffaloes. George Rhodes – has been duly and carefully examined as to his ability and qualifications to be raised to the Dignity of Knight of the Order of Merit or Third Degree. Mary Wilkinson

Medallion belonging to George Rhodes. Mary Wilkinson

George and my Great Aunt Edith Rhodes nee Brocklesby soon after they married in a cottage on Church Street, Nettleton. He was a Cobler and she was a school teacher at Beelsby. She left school 23 December 1914 and married the next day at Hatcliffe Church. They lived in the end cottage on Church Street. He was a Cobler and Postman. Edith was a staunch Methodist and attended the little chapel in Nettleon. She sang very loudly. I think, unless anyone knows different, that George and his brother were orphan children at Hatcliffe where Edie was a pupil teacher. Carol Barnes

Mary Baker – “My grandmother (Mary Alice Clark nee Standerline) outside her daughters home in Church Street Nettleton in 1934.” Carol Barnes – “It was I remember poor Auntie Edie she got in such a mess before she died. She had no children to look out for her and she left piles and piles of papers stacked on chairs and Dad as a council worker had to go and fumigate the house it was so sad.”

Grimsby Road – Hartford Motors


Norma Radcliffe I remember before H M when it was George Roberts yard. e had a steam roller. is daughter had the bungalow built that is now Greenacres.Caistor Heritage Trust

Mark Day Used to work there 1987-1990

Alan Brown Dad worked alongside Frank Capp and they were great friends. I played darts with them both quite often. Frank was a regular in my tropical fish shop, (as was his brother Dave)

Neil Wilkyn Prior to Hartford’s I lived at 13 Grimsby Road 1950-1954. A row of terraced houses.

Anne Townsend I remember getting very large cardboard boxes from them to use as packing cases when I moved house. They were very helpful in the Stores.

Graham Thompson First place I worked

Brian Hunter A few more names I remember worked there, Mick Mason, Mick Hunter, Ray Burke, John Allenby, Brian Armstrong, Paul Dobson, Roy Belt, Eric Bell, Don Briggs, Andy Webber, Colin Parrott, John Thorpe, Terry Rouse, Ted Greaves, Paul Wilson, Nigel Webster.

Graham Thompson Yes I was there in 1973 / 74 ish.

Janet Burgin I remember coming to HM to pick mum up on a Saturday from work, she loved working there. Valerie Adams Janet Burgin who was your mum? I wondered if I worked with her! Janet Burgin Julie Leadbeater

Darren Mckay oh what a shame the photograph is taken when it’s run down and closed. Remember the big tractors shown in the large windows. Nick Parrott Yes it was a fine building and thriving business in the ’70s Darren.

Valerie Adams My dad Vic Edge worked there and I followed from 1981 to 1989 – I also worked with Julie Leadbeater, Chris Barney, June Parrott, Janet Borrill, Margaret, Hedley Giddings – Good times with some memorable people! Alan Brown You missed off my Dad, Valerie, LOL. If you have forgotten him, then at least you cannot have forgotten me. I used to babysit you all almost every week for years! – Your Dad sold me my first (Vespa) scooter for the magnificent sum of £2. Valerie Adams Alan Brown, of course, I couldn’t forget Geoff, your mum and dad were great friends an neighbours, I can remember spending lunchtimes with them when I was very small.

Dawn Lister I used to walk past there on way to and from Nanna & Grandad Young ….they lived at Fairview – the bungalow roof can be seen in the background – I used to cheat and go up the gulley in between Hartford yard and the bottom of the garden.