General Information

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Local History Societies

Sturton by Stow History Society

Places to Visit

Owston Ferry Pumping Engine

The Owston Ferry Pumping Engine Preservation Society is a young society, being formally constituted in 2007. Whose objectives are to interpret and preserve the engines and machinery, housed in the South Street Pumping station, Owston Ferry. These include an’LT’ class horizontal, compound, tandem steam engines built by Marshalls & Sons of Gainsborough, a Ruston & Hornsby, twin cylinder, size 8, ‘HRC’ class diesel engine and a 3 cylinder vertical Lister Blackstone EV3 oil engine.

The society also set itself an additional task of recording and interpreting the history of drainage within the Isle of Axholme, an activity that has been fundamental to local heritage.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall – one of the most impressive and best preserved medieval manor houses in England.

Regularly described as a “hidden gem in Lincolnshire” this exciting visitor attraction offers a variety of events and exhibitions and an award – winning schools’ education programme. Owned by English Heritage the Hall is operated by Lincolnshire County Council.*

Gainsborough Old Hall is a large, late- medieval manor house built by the noble Burgh family around 1460.

The Old Nick – Police Museum

Between 1860 and 1974 this lovely Victorian and purpose built police station was the Divisional Headquarters of the Lincolnshire Constabulary and the former Magistrates Court for the area. In 1979 the building was bequested to a local theatre company but much of the original fabric such as the cells etc remain.

Gainsborough Model Railway

The Gainsborough Model Railway, houses a hand built, and one of the largest model railways in ‘O’ gauge, depicting The East Coast Main Line from Kings Cross to Leeds Central.

The building of the present railway commenced in 1953, and has now become one of the largest ‘O’ gauge model railways of its kind in the country. Based on the East Coast Main Line from London Kings Cross to Leeds Central, the railway covers 2500 square feet, has over 1200 feet of main line track and needs ten operators.


© Gainsborough Heritage Association 2019