Life in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Over a Century Ago
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I’ll offer little in the way of introduction, just that we’re about to be treated to something from Neville Sisson once again, we all know that means something good, if you’re new to the site and don’t yet know that . . . please read on and you soon will.
I’ll now hand you over to Neville who’ll make his own ‘proper’ introduction . . .
Two Grimsby Accounts
Unless you’re an accountant, I guess like me your eyes would glaze over at the thought of reading through a book entitled: “COUNTY BOROUGH OF GRIMSBY - The Accounts“!
Not only a volume but 25 of them!
I find them fascinating, and I’m sure that if you have an historical bent, you will too, especially when I explain that they are for the years 1912 to 1937! These volumes, elegantly printed and bound from up to a century ago may well be the only copies in existence and so I feel that it is imperative that I share some of the content of them with you all via Mine Host’s amazing site. You most certainly won’t find these anywhere on the web, and possibly, not in any archive or library either.
Before I explain how I came to be their guardian, here is part of the front cover of the earliest volume:
During the first half of the 1970’s I worked for the Inland Revenue and I was asked to help clear out a store-room which housed a lot of long defunct records which were going to be destroyed. This set of 25 volumes were among the documents so destined but they were saved due to my supervisor who, being aware of my interest in local history, asked if I would be interested in having them.
And so it was, that this dusty bundle of accounts rode pillion on my motorbike back to Roxton
So now, after a hundred years in storage, (though nowadays in my ‘Lincolnshire’ bookcase), it is time for an airing. As a taster of the contents, here is the first page of the index.
Rod and I have had a modicum of discussion recently on how to present, not only the morsels from these volumes, but also the absolute gems from a different kind of Grimsby account - the wonderful book; “A Gossip About Old Grimsby” by Anderson Bates.
I feel that Mr. Bates and his book are deserving of a separate Introductory article and this will follow on from this one within the next day or so.
That done, I shall then write, over the following weeks, a series of articles about varied aspects of life in Grimsby during the 19th. and early 20th. centuries using both the Borough Accounts and Bates’ book as seminal sources.
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