Our shop stocks a range of CDs, books and DVDs relating to Gainsborough's history. You can buy direct from Gainsborough Heritage Centre or we're happy to post items to you. Please contact us and tell us the items you're interested in and we'll advise on payments and postage costs.
Gainsborough Newspaper Headlines from 1926 to 1936
This resource is especially useful for the family historian or those of you who have special interests in the towns history.
Gainsborough Roll of Honour for WWI and WW2
Gainsborough Graveyards Burial List 1750 to 1900
Including Parish Church, North Warren, Holy Trinity and St Paul’s, Morton.
Listings of Gainsborough people and where they lived.
History of Gainsborough by Canon Moor
Pigot’s Directory 1882
Years available include 1822,1828, 1835, 1841, 1842, 1856, 1872, 1876, 1882, 1889, 1892, 1900, 1905, 1909, 1913, 1918, 1926, 1933.
The Gainsborough Floods 1947 to 2007
Trent Bridge, Bridge Road and Bridge Street
Trent Wharves, Craw Garth and Caskgate Street
Silver Street, Etherington Street, Torr Strret, Kebir Terrace, Gibbons Square, Southholme and Hickman Street
Ships, Staithes and Tide
150 Years of Marshalls at Gainsborough Works
The Britannia News was the Works Journal for Marshalls.
Each DVD contains PDFs of the Journal for each month of that year. We have the years 1958 to 1966 currently available.
Price: £5 each.
We have books covering a variety of subjects:
Ropery Road School 1906-1965
Tells the story of a popular local school. Packed with memories from former pupils and photographs.
Parish Church School
A history of this popular local school in hardback format with photos, memories and even school reports!
Gainsborough Girls’ High School
A history of this school with photographs and memories.
Marshalls of Gainsborough from the local point of view: Vol. 1: The Trent Works, the Technical School and Britannia Band
Description of Works Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Publication No 1159, 1920, 48 pages
Road Marshall Series M Diesel Roller Drivers Guide
Fowler Leeds 40 b.h.p. Diesel Locomotive Publication No 2592.
Society of Friends
Quakerism in Lincolnshire by Susan Davis
This softback 129 page book gives a fascinating account of the Society of Friends in Lincolnshire. It covers the start of the Society of Friends until 1989 when the book was published.
Buildings and Streets
Cedar Cottage: Gainsborough’s lost house
Built by the Mercer family, ‘Gainsborough’s Lost House’ was later purchased by the Gamble family – then was home to Dr Moxon – after that became the Convent School (before its removal to Lea Hall), and finally became the Masonic Lodge.
Richmond House (formerly The Hollies)
Home to the Iveson family (solicitors down Lord Street) then bought by Charles Richmond (solicitor), and given to the town of Gainsborough. Hosted many art exhibitions by local and eminent painters.
Businesses on the East Side of the Market Place
Starting at the National Westminster Bank, and ending down Curtis Walk, step inside the Grand Cinema, then make a purchase at Bomers Store. Call in at the HSBC Bank, and find the George Eliot connection, and how about a drink at the Black Head pub?
Businesses on the West Side of the Market Place
Starting at Dixons the drapers, and ending at the Public Benefit Sop. Pop into Barrow’s grocery shop, make your will at Burton & Dyson, borrow a book from the New Way Library, or pick up a newspaper at Caldicotts.
Saint Michael and All Angels Church
Tells the story of a Church moved from London in 1896, and rebuilt at the corner of Ropery Road and North Warren Road in Gainsborough. This book is full of memories of the community spirit of this Church, and illustrated with wonderful photographs.
Market Street – The odd-numbers side
This book brings together a street with very diverse businesses. Read about William Rose, Surfleets, Cooper and Baumber, the Marquis of Granby, Reg Hall Insurance, Barnes the clock-makers and Gainsborough’s first Chinese takeaway
Pubs and Inns of Gainsborough
This insightful book allows us to look back at when the town had a thriving pub and inn business. We take a look at some of the ‘locals’ a little closer and for the first time we have included a list of publicans or occupants within the pub yards.
The World Wars
Ration Book Recipes
This A4, 32 page book has 26 recipes to choose from including: Potato Scones, Mock Duck, Sugarless Apples Dessert, Brown Betty and Vinegar Cake.
Gainsborough at War 1939-1945
We look back at how the War changed the way the town is today. This book has been carefully updated to enhance the original author’s work. Find out where was targeted and bombed then take a look at the aircraft involved in the air attacks on the area.
Twelfth Submarine Flotilla X-Craft
This book has been brought up-to-date with much more information on the X-Craft and of the role it played. This version includes some new pictures and information on the people that were involved with the X-Craft during its war years.
People, Organisations and Memories
Daisy Girdlestone (producer and photographer of pantomimes and concerts)
Relive the pantomimes and concerts produced by Daisy – Gainsborough’s first woman photographer. Many wonderful photographs loaned to us by the ‘Merry Madcaps.’
Three Tickets for the Workhouse
We take a look at some memories recalled to Mr. Stan Otter. The original interviews have been transcribed, so for the first time you can read these ‘raw’ accounts from local people. The language has been kept true to the recordings which gives us some wonderful examples of our local dialect.
Memories of the Floods Including a Brief History
In this book, you can read about the 1947 floods, but now it includes information about the recent floods and the new defence works on the Riverside, brought to life with personal accounts and evoking images.
Famous Sons and Daughters
We take a look at some of the famous people that were born in the area. Readabout how the town influenced them. So how many people do you know that came from the Town? Let’s find out..
The History of the Gainsborough Division of St. John Ambulance Brigade
This 143-page A4 sized book tells the history of the Gainsborough Division. Discover how the Division was formed and how it helped in two World Wars, met with Royalty and leading members of the British Establishment and continues its work today. There is also the history of The Temperance Hall. Oscar Wilde came to the Hall to give one of his famous lectures. The Hall was also home to the Gainsborough Young Farmers, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and Symingtons.
Reminiscences by Phyllis Peart.
Straight from the Hosse’s Mouth
Memories of Gainsborough from people who lived in the town.
Postcards From Gainsborough’s Past
Compiled from Norman Cawkwell’s postcard collection
Pitch, Pine and Rivets. Shipbuilding in Gainsborough
A Short History of Gainsborough Rowing Club