On Thursday, 12th March, Lincolnshire Film Archives will show a compilation of old film taken around this area, including some in the Deepings. It should bring back memories and give insights into how life has changed. The presentation starts at 7.30 pm in the Conference Centre, Deepings School. Everyone is welcome. There is a £3 charge for non-members.
This photograph shows flooding in High Street, Market Deeping in March 1947. After many weeks of snow and ice, there was a sudden thaw and the river overflowed. Thomas Jibb, who lived in Horsegate, is wading in front of Sharpe & Wade, solicitors’ office, which is now Deeping Community Library.
In the early 1900s, Deeping Horse Show was held in Mr Wade’s park at the back of that building, and included a competition for the best Tradesman’s Turnout. Tradespeople took a pride in the appearance of their horses and carts, and a regular prizewinner was saddler & harness-maker, Daniel Wells, who had premises nearby, in Bridge Street, Deeping St James.
The photograph of his turnout was taken at the Horse Show, probably around 1906. From 1908 he had the words “Licensed Horse Slaughterer” painted on the side of his horse-drawn cart.
The second picture, of Mr Wells at his business premises, shows him sharpening his knife, ready to cut up a carcass.
In 1910, after the death of his first wife, he married Alice Maud Bland, whose sister Lucy traded as L E Bland, bakers & grocers in the Market Place. She had a second shop in Bridge Street, Deeping St James, run by her sister Angelina. Lucy also competed at the Deeping Horse Show, beating Daniel to first prize in the Tradesman’s event on at least one occasion.
The photograph of her horse and cart outside the Market Deeping shop was taken about 1910. She provided luncheons and a tearoom in the premises, which were later taken over by Lambert & Kisby, bakers and grocers, and are now the Carpets & Flooring shop.
The man standing by the horse is Lucy Bland’s brother, George, while on the pavement is Charles Thacker, a farmer who lived in Horsegate. He was married to Parthenia, another of her sisters.
In a small community like the Deepings, families in trade often intermarried, and in 1912 Lucy married Charles Barsby, who was employed as a baker at her Deeping St James shop.