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Photo Overview

The school / village hall

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Built in 1856 at a cost of £156, new toilets were added in 1911/12 at a cost of £200. It remained as school until closure in 1965 when it became the Village Hall.

ST MARYS CHURCH

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Built on the site of a much earlier church, parts of the present structure date from the 14th century. A Grade I listed building, it is famous for the massive brick tower, its hammer-beam roof, and the strong association of the Oates family with various features in the church.

THE BLACKSMITHS

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Five generations of the Nice family have (and still) operate the blacksmiths forge in the village. Many longstanding residents would remember Richard Nice, his son Frank and now Frank's nephew Richard.

THE BRICKYARDS / POTTERY

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There were 2 brickyards in the village, one in Pot Kiln Chase and the other at the 'Clamp' - both produced bricks from the local clay as well as drains, tiles and some decorative pottery.

GESTINGTHORPE HALL

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A handsome Georgian structure built on the site of a much earlier 12th Century dwelling. A Grade II* listed building, it was the former home of the family of Captain Oates, the well known Antarctic explorer.

HILL FARM & THE ROMAN VILLA

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Extensive excavations have revealed the layout of the original villa, along with many roman artefacts. Hill Farm itself has some interesting Grade II listed barns and a traditional dovecote.

THE PUBS

The Red Lion in Gestingthorpe circa 1910.

Formerly the Red Lion and latterly The Pheasant, the pub has always been a meeting place for locals and those from further afield. On the main road was also The Compasses.

THE SHOP

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1922-1973

THE FOUNDRY

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The Downs family ran the Foundry in the village. Making farming implements including ploughs and renting out small engines and threshing machines to farmers.

THE OFF-LICENSE

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As you enter the village from the South, the cottage now called 'Seven Sisters' was formerly the Off-License run by Horace Reeve and his family.

FARMING

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Farmers and farm workers have worked the land in Gestingthorpe for centuries, here are a few assorted images.

Views of gestingthorpe

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We have many images with no specific category that we have put together here.