Title: Grosvenor Crescent, Grimsby
Author: Unknown
Date: May 2017 scan of a c1904 photo postcard

This fine postcard was posted by Grace MELDRUM on October 13th 1904 to Mrs ALLOTT of 38 Dixon Street, Lincoln. Grace says that the ‘white house’ 4th from the end is hers. (This must be 8 Grosvenor Crescent, Grimsby - demolished in the 1970s.) She also remarks that she was married in the church in the photo (St James).

I wondered if it might be possible to find out something about Grace but never imagined it would lead to such an interesting piece of local history.

With special thanks to my friend, Wendy Parkinson, who researched this very interesting genealogy for me.

Grace Emmeline BROWN was baptised at Ingham, Lincolnshire, 19 June 1870, daughter of George Frederick (Farmer) and Catherine.

2 April 1902 she married John Thomas MELDRUM of 31 Avondale Street, Lincoln, son of James Anderson MELDRUM, at St James Grimsby. Her address was given as 1 Pevril Terrace, Welholme Road,

John Thomas MELDRUM aged 30 was buried at Canwick Cemetery, Lincoln 10 Oct 1903.

In 1911 she was living with her parents at 8 Grosvenor Crescent recorded as a widow with her father recorded as the head of the household.

In 1912-1931 Grace was living at 1 St James Terrace, Bargate.

25 July 1935 she married Ernest Leigh GRANGE at Old Clee. Ernest Leigh GRANGE was the solicitor son of William GRANGE of ‘The Willows’, Bargate who was Town Clerk of Grimsby for an amazing 52 years (1861-1913).

Ernest Leigh GRANGE T.D., LL.D., solicitor, husband of Grace Emmeline died 10 Sep 1947 and was buried in Scartho Road Cemetery. Grace became a very wealthy widow.

Ernest Leigh GRANGE (died 1947) and Grace Emmeline (died 1959?) are buried together with his parents William GRANGE (died 1913) and Grace Elizabeth (died 1910) at Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby. (Interesting to have the two Grace E GRANGEs!)

In August 2010, Grange Winteringham (solicitors) merged with Wilkin Chapman (solicitors) to form Wilkin Chapman Grange. On 1 October 2015 the Wilkin Chapman Grange trading name was replaced by Wilkin Chapman LLP. Their new £6-million four-storey Cartergate office is very impressive!

Interestingly, there's a family link between the GRANGE family and George Skelton STEPHENSON of The Manor House, Grimsby - please click on his name to see his portrait on another page on this site.

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