Old Images of Stamford, Lincolnshire

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Stamford house with norman door 1877
House with Norman door, Stamford - monograph from page 266 of "Ancient Streets and Homesteads of England ... Introduction by ... J. S. Howson ... With ... illustrations, etc" by John Saul Howson and Alfred Rimmer, published in 1877, in the British Library archives

Glimpse history through old images of Stamford in Lincolnshire, England.

Old Map of Stamford

This map of Stamford in 1600 was published with modern street names in 1879.

Old map of Stamford in 1600 published 1879
Old map of Stamford from page 23 of “History of Stamford [Illustrated.]” by Charles Nevinson, published by H. Johnson in Stamford, 1879, now part of the British library archives

Stamford Bypass Opens 1960

In 1960, the opening of the 4.5 mile Stamford Bypass, three months ahead of schedule, attracted the attention of the newsreels.

It cost £1.5 million, and was part of the £50 million Great North Road modernisation scheme.

In addition to images of the completely deserted bypass, we see the traffic thundering round the streets of Stamford, controlled by a traffic policeman perlilously standing in the middle of the road.

Lorries and a car transporter drive down the narrow road surrounded by beautiful, historic buildings.

Ernest Marples, the Minister for Transport, meets some of the workmen before he cuts the ribbon and officially opens the bypass.

He’s then seen in a car driving up the bypass, followed by a lorry from Walton Motors, Haulage Contractors. Within seconds there’s a busy flow of traffic emerging out of the fog on both sides of the road.

The final shots are back in the centre of Stamford, where daily life continues but the lorries have disappeared.

Stamford Gets New Bypass (1960) – British Pathé (YouTube)

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