19th century road sign returned to former glory

A streetname sign on a Grantham road has been restored to its former 19th century glory thanks to the efforts of SKDC and Grantham Civic Society.

The sign was originally created in circa 1880

The cast iron sign salvaged from the former Tanvic buildings on Wharf Road which were demolished earlier this year, is one of the original street names installed in locations across the town in the 1800s.

The sign was salvaged before work began on the site and then cleaned and repainted by Mr Gordon Beech, great grandson of Mr Isaac Beech who had the contract with Grantham Borough Council in circa 1880.

Members of Grantham Civic Society and Cllr Nick Craft below the new refurbished sign on Wharf Road

It was unveiled on September 28 by SKDC's Executive Member for Environment Cllr Nick Craft and John Manterfield, secretary of Grantham Civic Society above Kinnersley hairdressers in the town who gave their permission for it to be installed.

Cllr Craft said: "We're very much a Council that looks to the future and where our towns and district can progress but where possible it's always important to acknowledge the past.

"Historical road signs across the district are a small but important nod to our heritage and whilst some will always need replacing over time it's wonderful when in instances like this, we can refurbish them and acknowledge the style of Grantham's past."

Mr Manterfield said: "We chose this site to reinstall the sign as there is little in this location to indicate which street you are entering from the bus station.

"We're very pleased with the end product and thanks go to SKDC, Lincolnshire County Council highways department, John and Pauline Kinnersley and of course Gordon for refurbishing a lovely part of Grantham's history."

Photo: left to right: John Pinchbeck, Barbara Manterfield, John Manterfield, Gordon Beech, Cllr Nick Craft, Peter Reichelt and Betty Beech.