There are currently five books published by Deepings Heritage in stock. These can be purchased from any of the following:
- Walkers of Stamford.
- Callows of Market Place, Market Deeping,
- The Deepings Community Centre.
- The Deepings Heritage secretary.
The Deepings during World War Two edited by Keith Simpson – £8.50
Published 2015. Gordon Crowson was a sergeant in the Special Constabulary during the early part of the 20th century. He made notes in a series of small pocket books, of what had occurred during his times on duty. The notes were perhaps used as an ‘aide memoir’ when Sergeant Crowson later wrote up his official reports. The author has included many of the events that occurred during WW2 which were recorded in the note books and some have been further researched. These give details of the various plane crashes that happened, including the Junkers 88 that was shot down over Deeping St. James, by a Beaufighter from RAF Wittering. A report of the capture and later interrogation of the only German survivor of that plane is given in the book. There is a report of an American B17 plane that crashed just north of Market Deeping in 1944. A detailed account of this plane’s history from its delivery to its demise, with a list of the many targets it attacked during its relatively short life are included in the book. The book gives the reader a picture of what happened day by day in a relatively small community in the south of Lincolnshire.
The Stamford Canal by Keith Simpson – £7.50
This book was first published in 2005, but due to its popularity, there have been two further reprints. In 1571 Queen Elizabeth 1st signed a document authorising the building of a waterway between Stamford and Market Deeping. Until a number of water mills were built between the two towns, the river had been navigable and goods could be carried along the river. The River Welland was tidal up to the Deepings and barges reaching Deeping could then carry their goods onwards to the sea. Another Royal Charter was signed by James 1st in 1622 but due to lack of funds the waterway (The Stamford Canal) was not constructed until much later. The earliest recorded use of the Stamford Canal was 1673. Because this canal was carrying goods in barges one hundred years before the construction of the Bridgewater Canal, we feel we can safely say that the Stamford Canal was the first, post Roman, canal constructed in England. It was in use until the middle of the nineteenth century when the railways arrived in our area.
The Still by Keith Simpson – £7.50
From the early part of the 19th century until the very early part of the 20th century there was a distillery in Market Deeping extracting essential oils and herbal medicines from plants. The distillery was founded by William Holland and William Page, two local surgeons (General Practitioners) who were said to be dissatisfied with the medicines available at the time. William Page later left the business and, after William Holland died, his son took over and greatly expanded the business. The medicines were of such high quality that they won prizes at many international exhibitions. To think that in a relatively small town in the south of Lincolnshire someone was manufacturing peppermint oil and lavender oil and herbal medicines such as opium for the ague (malaria), laudanum, hemlock, cannabis, and many other medicines! It might seem strange but the Holland Distillery sold their medicines to doctors and pharmacies throughout the British Isles and exported them to other countries. The quality of their medicines may well have been due in part to the fact that the Deepings had no piped water during the 19th century; therefore the Holland Distillery obtained its water from underground springs which were, one assumes, a much more pure source of water.
History of the Deepings by Florence Day – £8.00
This book was written in the 1970s by Florence Day, a life-long resident of Market Deeping, head teacher of West Deeping school and an excellent local historian. The original book had long sold out, so with the permission of Florence’s brother, Deepings Heritage was able to re-publish the book which gives a comprehensive account from early Saxon times of the history of West Deeping, Market Deeping and Deepings St. James (hence the subtitle of the book ‘Three Deepings in a Row’) There are chapters on the ‘good old coaching days’ (there were two coaching inns in Market Deeping); the River Welland and its place in our history; parish officials; mediaeval churches and specific people who have had an effect on the history of the Deepings, including Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII (she had a manor house in West Deeping and financed the building of the tower of St. Guthlac’s Church in Market Deeping). Although subsequent books might give a more detailed account of subjects mentioned by Florence Day, her book gives the reader a well-researched broad history of the Deepings and its place in history.
“Memories of Market Deeping” by Eric Bowman – £2.50 (20 pages)
First published in 1990, when Eric Bowman was aged 87, this is an enjoyable collection of his reminiscences about life in Market Deeping in the early 20th Century. He recalls lions, tigers, elephants and other exotic animals being exhibited in the Market Place, the local fire engine being drawn by horses, and starting work at the age of 7, delivering milk in tin cans, before school each morning. He relates amusing stories about local characters, though tactfully leaving some of them nameless.