Reading the Crowle Advertiser can dispel an idea that
life in the Isle of Axeholme a hundred years ago was
mundane. Every week people might enjoy markets,
steam fairs, circuses, picture house shows, and regular
events and meals organised for the less well-off.
There were Christmas festivities and decorations, town
and village feasts, sport events, clubs and institutes,
public house suppers, cycle club outings, market hall
dances, shooting and fishing competitions, game fairs
and country shows, regattas, and of course pub culture.
Many local people were entertainers and performers in
their own right. Add to this the tapestry of varied
occupations and preoccupations, and more intimate
relationships between neighbours, with an experience
that mortality could be close at hand, and we have a
picture of a life that might seem more vital than today.
Times were undoubtedly harder, with people a lot
tougher than they are now, but dull they needn't be.
There are court reports and tragic stories. This might give a wrong impression that Crowle and the Isle were not particularly law-abiding or safe at the time.
It is reasonably well accepted that the only time
'ordinary people' were reported tended to be when they fell foul of law or fate. Court reports can often be the only place where we can see the life lived, and hear the actual words spoken, by our less well-off ancestors.
There are occasional wry and humorous stories too.
Some years have fewer articles, some more, as research was determined by personal focus. Up to 50% of copy could concern Local Board or Council minutes, or religious accounts - by and large these are not noted.
The Crowle Advertiser The Epworth Bells St Oswalds Church Crowle Isle of Axholme Lincolnshire South Yorkshire Adlingfleet Althorpe Amcotts Beltoft Belton Burnham Burton Stather Ducklinledge Eastoft Epworth Garthorpe Graizelound Haldenby Haxey Haxey Hood Keadby Luddington North & South Axholme Schools Owston Ferry Sandtoft Temple Belwood Waterton West Butterwick Westwoodside Wroot Wikipedia Crowle, Lincolnshire Crowle (rhymes with coal) is a small town and civil parish on the Isle of Axholme in North Lincolnshire, England. It lies on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal and has a railway station. Notable buildings in the town include the parish church, in which can be seen the Crowle Stone runic cross shaft, and the Gothic revival market hall. Vermuyden Thorne Levels drain drainage River Don River Trent Mill Hill, Wharf Road, Field Side Godnow Road Godknow Road Broadfleet Chafors Printing Office Lane The Slack Justice Hall Lane Newbigg Chancery Lane Fox Court Godnow Bridge The White Hart Crowle Thorne Registration District Isle of Axeholme Deanery A161 M80 Crowle Community Forum Doncaster to Grimsby line of the Great Central Railway In 1900, the Crowle Advertiser on High Street was published weekly, on Fridays. Publishing continued past 1913 Crul, Croule, or Crowle James Fox and Sons New Trent Brewery St Norberts St Norbert Roman Catholic church priory Geoffrey de Wirce Sir John de Mowbray Crowle manor and coke of Crowle The Crowle Stone Goole Swinefleet