Title: Grimsby - Soames Maltsters c1870s (+ a Winston Churchill connection)
Author: W H Jaines of Carter Gate, Grimsby
Date: November 2016 scan of the original c1870s (albumen?) photograph

A wonderful and significant Great Grimsby local history photo.

Albert Gilstrap Soames' Grimsby maltings was probably the most productive in the country at the time and capable of an output of 80,000 to 100,000 quarters of malt. He had premises in both New Market and Queen Street. His brother, Harold, had a brewery in Chesterfield.

Arthur Gilstrap Soames, a nephew of Sir William Gilstrap, was born in the south of England in 1854 (Dorset? Essex?). He didn't marry until 1919 when he was 65 years old. He died in 1934.

Arthur lived for a time in Waltham Hall, near Grimsby. Later he moved to Great Limber, near Grimsby. in 1903 he became the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire. His malting business must have made him a fortune as, despite the famous strike of his workers in 1892, he aquired the beautiful stately home at Sheffield Park in East Sussex in 1910. (The wonderful gardens at Sheffield Park were orginally laid out by Capability Brown.)

Arthur Gilstrap Soames' nephew was Captain Arthur Granville Soames, the father of Lord Christopher Soames who married Mary, the youngest daughter of Winston Churchill. Captain Soames' sister, Olave, married Lord Baden-Powell. Olave made a major contribution to the Guide / Girl Scout movement and was elected World Chief Guide in 1930.

An interesting family history! The above is just a very brief version.......

Note: Arthur Granville Soames, son of Harold and Katherine Soames of Stubbin(g) Court, Chesterfield, was born on 12th October 1886. He was Christened on 2nd January 1887 in Waltham, Lincolnshire.

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