Saxilby and District History Group

Whilst the businesses developed on Bridge Street during the 18th century due to improvements in the canal and then a turnpike road linking Lincoln and Dunham, the arrival of the railway in 1849 influenced a growth in Saxilby's population and the expansion of businesses on the High Street. The population grew from 390 in 1800 to over 1,000 by 1860.

This early photograph from our collection, taken from the canal towpath in 1905, shows the Georgian farmhouse (Trinity House) on the right, with the Globe Inn opposite.

The Globe Inn, at the junction of West Bank and High Street was built in 1849. The premises were occupied by a blacksmith, William Harrison, who also sold beer. The Globe, which closed in 1937, was a beer house, which was only allowed to sell beer and not spirits, and was one of several in the village.

We were told that the Globe was well known for the availability of game, supplied by a local poacher. The landlady also dealt in moleskins!

Albert 'Tab' Smith was born here in 1894 when the pub was kept by his parents. In later years 'Tab' kept a shop further down the High Street next to the former Station Hotel. Rumour has it that he would stand in the front room of the pub keeping an eye on his shop and nip out to serve any customers.

In 1932, Alf Jubb bought a motor van and moved to Prospect Terrace on the High Street, next door to the Primitive Methodist Chapel (now the site of the Fire Station). He built a lean-to shop on the end of his house. He expanded his business when he bought the former Globe Inn in 1945. The business transferred to his nephew Keith in 1969.

We have several excellent photos of the property over the years, but I couldn't resist showing you one of my favourites – the smiling staff of Beryl Jubb and Mary Keyworth.