Gainsboro’s past on DVD

Gainsborough Heritage Assocation have released a DVD showing the town's past. This is a picture of how Caskgate Street used to look.
Gainsborough Heritage Assocation have released a DVD showing the town's past. This is a picture of how Caskgate Street used to look.

DEDICATED historians have released another DVD that shows images of yesteryear and pictures of Gainsborough’s past.

Following the success of their last DVD, Gainsborough Heritage Assocation are set to release volume two.

Gainsborough Heritage Assocation have released a DVD showing the town's past. This picture shows Gainsborough Furnishing Co on Caskgate Street between 1899 - 1909

Gainsborough Heritage Assocation have released a DVD showing the town's past. This picture shows Gainsborough Furnishing Co on Caskgate Street between 1899 - 1909

“After the last DVD did so well, with the funds raised we have been able to acquire a few more collections of rare Gainsborough images that might have been lost forever to the town,” said Paul Kemp from the Heritage Association.

“Also we have managed to gain some local history books, an original hardback first edition of braces notes and the life and death of Gainsborough book, which is extremely rare - I only know of three copies.”

“So we now have more Gainsborough memorabilia we can share with the town.”

The new DVD contains over 200 images of how Gainsborough used to look - allowing residents to compare the past with the present.

Gainsborough Heritage Assocation have released a DVD showing the town's past. This picture shows Ropery Road around the year 1900.

Gainsborough Heritage Assocation have released a DVD showing the town's past. This picture shows Ropery Road around the year 1900.

“Our ambition is to document and show all of the changes in all of Gainsborough’s most significant buildings, shops and areas,” said Paul.

“It’s great for the older folks to reminisce and younger viewers will learn what stood in the places that they walk around today.”

The new DVD documents a wide range of the town’s areas - starting with the many changes of all the wharfs and docks as well covering factories, shops and Gainsborough’s famous hidden tunnels.

“You see all the little houses that were in between the Maltkins and the United Services Club, the Dock Tyre company that first started in the 60s in between Scholes Shop and the remains of the Neptune inn and you can see how so much has disappeared to make way fore Whittons Gardens.”

Paul continued: “There are too many places to carry on naming, but you will visit them all - including Smiths Wig Factory who moved here in 1927, Elswitha Hall built in 1759, the Newcastle Arms which opened in 1838, the Grand Theatre and much, much more.”

The DVD will be available from Gainsborough Library, or you can contact 07946033709 anytime or 01427 616646 after 5pm, to place an order.

The DVD is priced at £10.