Bygone Lincoln Volume 3 DVD
More from the past


Local people and the cars, buses, lorries and trains of the 1955 to 1958 period are seen as Pelham Bridge is developed in the city centre.

The “Changing Face of Lincoln” concludes with the Royal opening of the bridge by the Queen on her first visit to the City. The comprehensive record of the marathon redevelopment of Pelham Bridge was achieved by the late Ron Blow who took hundreds of shots on 16mm.

See the forgotten streets, homes, and businesses that disappeared to make way for the bridge. Also steam engines, City councillors, the scary delivery of a 95 feet long girder, and the first users of the bridge.



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The film recalls Lincoln's love-hate relationship with its railways. Before the bridge, the Durham Ox Level Crossing was where the former Great Northern and Midland lines enjoined and crossed Pelham Street. Exasperated motorists could find the crossing closed for more than 30 minutes in the hour. The Durham Ox pub is seen before the bulldozers arrived.

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Seven other films make up DVD Three - total running time 73 minutes. See the last ever train to Wragby (1960) and Spridlington in wartime with RAF planes above. See how Lincoln celebrated the Coronation of George V1th (1937) - a film found in a box of miscellaneous items at a Lincoln auction. City FC win promotion (1947-48) provides the earliest known footage of League action at Sincil Bank.

A North Hykeham family’s cine archive (1930s-1950s) shows them digging their air raid shelter in 1940 and includes Lincoln socialists marching against fascism in 1936. This footage was found marooned on rare 9.5 mm film stock unseen by the family for 50 years.

This DVD is the personal favourite of Producer Andrew Blow, Ron Blow’s nephew.

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