'Secret garden' led us into forgotten mansion
I WITNESSED the old, poor and grand, Grimsby, writes Mr D Fitzgerald, of Carver Road, Immingham.
From Lower and Upper Burgess Street, to the small streets off the Riverhead, to the grand Riby Square and Royal Hotel and Dock Chambers. Freeman Street did not look bad either, with its stylish Victorian pubs, full of character.
Once we had a Famous Five adventure. On a visit to People's Park we came across a large wall, about seven feet high. There was a gate, like in a secret garden, and we went through it. We saw a large Victorian mansion with a conservatory built next to it. We went inside and saw stools and a large bar with hand pumps. It was scary as it looked as if time had stood still. It had been an RAF club after the war. We could imagine Spitfire pilots talking about their missions. In the grounds were stables and we imagined horses and carriages. There had also been a large lake but it had been filled in. We didn't go upstairs at the Abbey as it was too scary. The house was once owned by the Wintringham family and to us it was magic. We thought they must have been very rich to own land in the very centre of town.
The site is now occupied by modern housing.
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