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Laceby Farms in My Early Days - 1930s

The land bordering the boundary with Grimsby was farmed by Arthur Tyas, who retired and came to live in High Street. Coming to Tickler's Corner reminds me that the Provincial Bus Co. ran a service to Grimsby and if you were riding on top of the open double deckers you could easily lose your hat by the overhanging branches.

At the corner there was Stud Farm owned and worked by the Sleight family who also owned The Limes. A Mr. Jim Smith lived in the farmhouse until his death. Mr. Coulson took the farm chiefly as a dairy farm. At that time milk was taken to Grimsby by pony and trap. I remember cycling to work once when I came across Billy Bell who worked for Mr. Coulson. He was on his way to town with milk and the road was very icy. The pony was slipping very badly on the ice so I stopped to help release the pony. Billy returned to the farm to have frost nails hammered into the horse's shoes.

Next the Laceby Manor Farm. Mr. Maltby had the farm at this time. Miss Stepnel lodged with the Maltby family and taught at Laceby School. She travelled to school by pony & trap leaving her transport in the Rectory stables in High Street. Later Mr.W.Bramley had this farm, then Mr. R. N.Mawer nowadays his son Ray works the farm which is part dairy and the rest arable.

Coming to The Limes which was Sleight's land again. It was rented and worked by Mr. R. Brooks for many years, then after his retirement by Mr. Jim Davy who also retired. Some of the land is now being farmed by the Gladding Brothers. Nearer to the village was the Grange Farm occupied by Mr. Trevor and his son William. I remember one Saturday morning I filled the water tank for the weekend's supply of drink for the cattle in the crewyard. The pump being an old iron one was very cold to handle. It stood on a rickety wooden stand. Most of my Saturday morning was taken up by this task for which I was paid the noble sum of sixpence! Later Mr. Harry Curtis took this place followed by his son Bill.

Up Caistor Road Mr. Tom Smith farmed the one on the left. The crew yard buildings came close to the road . The other side was the stackyard. The field adjoining that was the venue for the Primitive Methodist's annual Garden Party with the Salvation Army Band supplying the background music. Mr. Coulson from Stud Farm had it later. During Mr. Smith's time at this farm you could walk across the fields almost to the old Isolation Hospital, where cowslips, bluebells, trembling grass, primroses and many more wild flowers could be seen. The farm, now mostly arable being occupied by Mr. Chappell.

The farm opposite was rented by Mr. Woodcock, a relative of the late Cavil Lowish of Aylesby. Later, Mr. Clayton had the farm.

On the High Street was the farmyard of Mr. W. D. Fields now occupied by the G. H. Blow's family. Further along there was Mr. Keyworth's butcher's shop and farmyard. The farm had been owned by Philip Stanford and known as College Farm.

Bobby Maples, the Laceby hermit was said to be in the vicinity of Mr. Keyworth' s garden in Cooper Lane. Bobby, always out for something cheap was about to invade Billy Keyworth' s garden, not noticing he was being watched. When Bobby was halfway through the hedge, Mr. Keyworth startled Bobby by saying, "Now Bobby where are you going?" to which Bobby replied, "I'm going back, sir".

Finally, the Sguire of Laceby Mr. W.D . Field's estate in Church Lane. He lived there in a big house with his sister Annie and brother Harry. The farmyard was at the bottom of this lane. I remember going to Cleethorpes in a gaily bedecked waggon with a pair of horses Daisy and Duke. The waggoners name was George Bennet. This outing was the Sguire' s treat for the children and this was another farm that came under the auctioneer's hammer.

The Laceby I remember is a different village to the one of today

Ernie Wright.