Discovering, Preserving and Presenting the History of Gringley-on-the-Hill, Nottinghamshire.


Streets, Lanes, Roads and Avenues



 Reproduction Image Gringley houses at beacon end early 20th Century

Beacon end of High Street. (The houses here have all gone now) 

20200715 16374531437 Beacon corner RC

Similar view as above, 2020


Clark Hollingsworth Marglen 1949

1949. Marglen


Gringley Bank End 1891 William Hewitt left Charles Hewitt middle Copy Copy Copy Copy
1891. Bank End 


Coronation 1911 children marching

1911. Coronation, 'children marching' (outside Ravenhill)


Cross Keys coloured



saddlers cottage shop 1982 R



Needham Photograph Collection High Street Rennison Garage

 Rennisons Garage (now Buttercross Cottage, opposite the church).  In later years the garage and petrol station also accommodated a Spar Shop  


Hannah Horsley outside Holly Dean c1910 copy

1910. Hannah Horsley outside Holly Dene  


 Gringley Old Postcards High Street nr Beeches pre 1918

Outside North/South Beeches (left) 


Sophia Gill at Gringley Kippax Cottage

Sophia Gill outside her son's house, now Kippax Cottage 



Ivy Dene and North View 

Ivy Dene and North View were owned by the same family at one time.   Ivy Dene is the older property.  In 1869 Joseph Wall and his wife Mary sold to Thomas Olivant  The dwelling house (divided into two) with the grocers shop, warehouse and outbuildings.  There is a suggestion that Mary Wall ran a drapers shop from her property.   



Welchman Gringley High Street Barn 1981 2

The Old Coach House before renovation,  High Street/Cross Hill corner, 1981


Ridgewood house two photos cropped from Fb

Two photos of Ridgewood House,
top 1920s, bottom 1970s



Colley Cottage 3R

Colley Cottage 2020Colley cottage 2R


Colley Cottage 4R




Acorn House (once Whaley's Bakers) 
& Trust Cottage (once Cross Hill Stores)



Lyndale, Cross Hill
Standing in front of the house is Joseph Wilkinson who was born there in 1839, the youngest son of Catherine and Elisha Wilkinson.
The original photograph was taken in September 1895.




Postcard Copy Gringley Horsewells 3R

C1910 ?

Horsewells Cottages 1905 1

The Horse Well and cottages


ATH Postcard Collection The Manse pre 1918

The Manse, now The Homestead (corner of Finkell Street and Horsewells Street) 



'Ashers Farm',  on the corner of Little Lane/Horsewells Street  
Formerly Little Garth, now renamed Pear Tree Cottage - the converted barns are now a separate property named The Barns (2020)

Little Garth Pear Tree Cot Needham Photograph


Little Lane Asher Farm now The Barns

The Barns, formerly part of Ashers Farm, Little Lane


Gringley House and Lady Little Lane

Jasmine Cottage 1910? 

Veg stall little lane
Jasmine Cottage, 2020

 Gringley Tuck Sepia Old Postcards Heidi Little Lane



Beech Close is named after Edgar Beech whose farm once stood on the site and was called Orchard House Farm.   Thank you to Alana Parker who sent a picture of great grandfather's farm.  

Beech Photo 3 resized Alana Parker

Orchard Close Farm, Little Lane - Beech Close now stands on this site
More information on the Beech Family can be found in 'Articles'




Welchman Gringley Little Lane Sunnybank c1980Sunnybank 1980s (now Sunnybank Cottage)

 Gringley Lilleywhite Photos 3 
Finkell Street, Sunnybank on the right of the photo. C1920s 


Needham Photograph Collection Finkle Street Sheep on Road

Sheep on Finkell Street (courtesy Michael Needham)

 1 and 2 Finkell Street1? 1 and 2 Finkell Street (corner of Finkell Street/Horswells Street) 

Cottages on Finkell StcroppedR Finkell Street, 2020

  Finkle Street Michael Needham

 Appleton House Farm to the left of the photo 
Courtesy of Michael Needham


Finkell St 1937



Pitt Lane Farmhouse hardy by Peter BerestfordJPG

The photograph above shows Walkers Farm at the end of Pitt Lane. 
The farm house with building and farm yard ran down the left hand side of Pitt Lane (Philip Hardy)

The gentleman to the left in the photo is Phil Hardy's grand-dad  
Thanks to the Hardy family for sharing this photo and to Peter Beresford for forwarding it to us



 Work began on the by-pass in the early 1930s.  It was completed by 1939/1940.   During the war years only one half of the dual carriageway was opened.  One side of the road was used for storing tanks.  Prior to the by-pass being completed the route from Bawtry to Gainsborough would have taken travellers along Gringley High Street.

The Green Gringley from dorothy Version 2

Fields and pond where the dual carriageway now runs. View from the Beacon towards Clayworth


Gringley Lilleywhite Photos 15

The Green before the dual carriageway was constructed.  Beacon Hill seen in the background to the right of the photo



The Fairpiece is the piece of land opposite Gringley Hall.  It is common land and has been used for centuries by the village.  It was depleted in size when the dual carriageway was constructed in the 1930s.   In the past an Annual Fair was held here on the 13th December for the trading of sheep, cattle, boots, cloth and blankets.  A Hiring Fair for the employment of servants was held on 1st November.  Horse trading also went on here. 

A press clipping of 1833 reports that the fair, “which was most particularly known for the sale of horned cattle and shoes was thinly attended” with “the times being so altered as to render the latter vendors’ attendance almost useless”. This raises two questions – why was Gringley so renowned for its shoe trade (and this reputation is reinforced by other sources), and why did folk suddenly stop buying them??

Fairpiece before 1918

The Fairpiece before 1918   

Fairpiece 2 2013 1


Bypass and Fairpiece

The Fairpiece and the new by-pass to the right of the photo




Middlebridge Road is sometimes referred to in old documents as Low Street.

ATH Postcards Gringley Middlebridge Road 1907

Harwell House (left of photo), 1907



Shamrock Cottage C2019 

Harwell house and view of MiddlebridgeFinalR

 Harwell House, left of photo.  Shamrock Cottage and Hillside Cottage to right, 2020 


Cairnhoe and Valley Farm

c1986/7  Cairnhope, centre, with its outbuildings just visible to the right.
The outbuildings were sold separately and developed, now Hazel Cottage.
To the left of the photo is Valley Farm, (with white door), before demolition and rebuilding 



House and outbuildings sometime late 1970s/1980 prior to demolition and subsequent rebuilding


  These houses in West Wells Lane were built for use of staff working at the Detention Centre.  

Welchman Gringley West Wells Lane c1970

 West Wells Lane, C1970


Laycock Avenue 

Building commenced in Laycock Avenue under the Housing Act of 1936.  20 houses were built initially, 2 further homes were built in 1943 and 14 more in 1946.  Hunters Drive was developed in 1961 with the construction of 8 bungalows, followed by 6, 2 bedroom bungalows in Windsor Close.  

The Laycock family of Wiseton Hall maintained a strong connection with Gringley. Sir Joseph Laycock founded the hospital at Gringley Hall.  His son Robert Laycock was an important military figure.  

DWM Laycock Avejpg

Laycock Avenue
Thanks to David Wagstaff for this photo 

LaycockCherry blossom

Laycock Avenue and cherry blossom trees C1980??


























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