Welcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group website

Welcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group website

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We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.

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about gestingthorpe

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In c.989, Ælfhelm willed to his wife the chief messuage at Gyrstlingathorpe, its produce and men, except half the woodland and open land to Godric, his daughter and his priest. 

Read more here.

coming events

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Saturday November 23rd @ 18:00

We will be firing our Medieval Updraft kiln during the day. Full of bricks and pots, it is always a spectacle once the flames start coming out of the top. Smokey, black and a bit dirty it is not for the unadventurous to visit!

Photo gallery

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Look through the ever growing collection we have of the village and its inhabitants.

We are always on the look out for your images old or new.

projects

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Have a look through some of the past and current projects that we are involved with.

a very gallant gentleman

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Lawrence Edward Grace Oates as well as joining Captain Scott on his ill-fated journey to the South Pole grew up in Gestingthorpe Hall and his family did a great deal for the village throughout the 20th Century.

memories

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We are lucky to have recollections of residents past and present both audio, visual and written.

FURTHER READING

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We are lucky to have a number of local authors their work on local history is both enlightening and informative.

THE CHURCH

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The tower was built in the 15th Century, but the oldest part dates to the 13th.

BRICKS & POTS

Pots & Brick making at Gestingthorpe

There were two brickyards making tiles, drains, bricks and copings together with a small pottery that made commemorative pots and utilitarian wares.

THE FOUNDRY

Walter Downs with his Go-Cart.

The Downs family were well known for making ploughs and other farming equipments as well as the hire of engines.

CRICKET / FOOTBALL

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The playing field in the heart of Gestingthorpe has long played host to a Football Team in the winter and a Cricket Team in the Summer.

THE ROMANS

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Before the Norman Conquest there were Romans living and working in the village - we have the remains of a Villa to confirm this.