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Streets through time - High Street
No 6 High Street  

 

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In the Estate sale of 1937, the tenancy is that of a Mr P. Gill

At the time of writing there is no information on Mr Gill or the Gill family so its not clear if he purchased the property or not. Local resident Pat Hollingsworth recalls a Mr Dale living here at some point.

In the 1950's, Mrs May Christian (nee Winfield)  moved here from Grantham. May used to run the Huntingtower Arms pub on Harlaxton Rd. Her husband William was an engine driver with the LNER and drove the Atlantic and Pacific class locos such as the V2, A3 and A4 classes that included the Flying Scotsman and Mallard type locos. William had a severe accident with loose rolling stock in the engine yard and was invalided out of the service. He later died at a relatively young age of 51.  Mays grandson - Will Christian -  remembers regularly visiting May at No 6 and also the nice man in Netherlea who gave him his sons comics to read. This would have been Reg Jones whose sister Gladys lives next door in No 4. 

Will has a great grandfather - Jabez Christian  - who lived on the Drift as noted in the 1911 and 1921 censuses.

May had a further Harlaxton connection as her brother George Winfield known as Badger used to run the Gregory Arms pub and was named as being the landlord in the 1939 Register. Badger also became gamekeeper to the Manor estate when it was owned by Violet van der Elst. Apparently Badger helped Violet bury valuables in the Manor grounds in case the Germans invaded England. However, after the war, the valuables were never found again so, who knows, they may still be there.

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Above taken in late 1960's

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