Fascinating history of Gainsborough town centre

by | 14 August 2019 | Community Focus, Gainsborough

Gainsborough Town Square is the subject for Gainsborough Life reader Tom Ellis’ latest picture. The beautiful history that surrounds this part of the town is simply fascinating. Years ago, there was a time when the square was used to park cars regularly, but it is more pedestrianised nowadays.

Recently, famous French chef, Jean Christophe Novelli gave the town a cooking demonstration the other week during the Food and Garden Festival that was held in the pictured square. Towards the left of the photograph you will see the bank, HSBC. On the left-hand side, you will see the exit of the old Co-op (Oldrids). This was once a public house hotel called the Black Head, it was closed in 1962.

The Tuesday market is normally busy with many stalls lining Silver Street and congesting the square itself. There have been many pubs in the Market Place; Lamb Inn, Black Head, The Ram, The White Lamb. The current crop is located on Silver Street which feeds off the Market Place.