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Founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists',
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Panorama Stories

A collection of short stories taken from William Brown's Victorian Panorama of Louth by
Richard Gurnham.

Richard Gurnham was born in Skegness and was educated at Skegness Grammar School and Nottingham University where he studied Economic and Social History. Richard obtained his BA in 1971 and a PhD in 1976. He has lived in Louth since 1977 and taught history and politics at Louth’s King Edward VI Grammar School. Richard has worked for many years as a part-time adult education lecturer taking local history courses in many different towns and publishing numerous local history studies. Richard is an enthusiastic supporter of Louth Museum.

In each story Richard will bring to life a small section of Brown’s Panorama by writing about the characters and buildings shown in it.

In his stories Richard gives an account of the buildings, lives and histories of the people of Louth who were painted by Brown. Can you identify the sections of the Panorama on which each story is based? If not - visit Louth Museum to see our back-lit copy of William Brown's Panorama.

Richard Garnham's new book 'People of the Panorama', has approximately 200 pages and 150 illustrations, including 100 colour illustrations. The book will be available from book shops and the Museum's shop from Saturday 30th June 2018 priced at £18.99.

If you would like to obtain a pre-publication book direct from the author, email The pre-publication book offer is priced at only £16.99.

If you have enjoyed reading Richard's Panorama Stories you may also like to purchase another of his books, 'The Story of Victorian Louth', published in December 2015 with approximately 200 pages and about 80 black and white and colour illustrations. It is available from book shops and the Museum's shop priced £12.99.

Story I: Superintendent John Tacey and Family

A quiet, every-day happy domestic scene. In the garden behind the Mansion House one woman, perhaps a servant, is tending to a plant in a large flower pot while another is holding up a cutting from the plant and examining it closely... read more

Story II: The Dog and Duck Beer-house

When William Brown arrived in Louth in 1818 the town had long had a reputation for heavy drinking, and as the town grew during the next half century so too did the number of its inns, taverns and beer-houses... read more

Story III: Brickmaking in Louth

Brickmaking is one of a number of industries which can be seen on the Panorama. Louth had at least half a dozen brick-makers at work at the time William Brown was painting the Panorama, in the late 1840s... read more

Story IV: Henry Pye, ‘Claribel’ and the Cedars

Close to the corner of Westgate and St Mary’s Lane, on the very edge of Louth’s parish boundary with South Elkington, Brown shows us the fine house built by Louth solicitor, Henry Alington Pye. The house, The Cedars, still stands today... read more

Story V: The Revd Edward Reginald Mantell

The vicar’s wife, Mrs Mantell, is entertaining a friend in her garden at the vicarage while the ladies’ husbands walk and confer nearby. The ladies sit under the shade of a little tree but it is a hot day and one lady... read more

Story VI: Dan Gresswell, veterinary surgeon

If you look very carefully, preferably with a magnifying glass, at a large white house that Brown shows us on the corner of Gospelgate and George Street, on the right hand panel of the Panorama, you can just make out the words... read more

Story VII: Dr John Bogg

Among the many houses which can be clearly seen on the Panorama and which still stand today, one is the home of Dr John Bogg, one of the most interesting and attractive personalities of early Victorian Louth, and one whom William Brown knew very well... read more

Story VIII: Frederick Esberger and Louth’s Coachmakers

One of the enduring fascinations of Brown’s Panorama is the way in which he takes us into the back yards and gardens of his fellow townspeople, affording us a glimpse of a private world, literally a peep over the garden wall... read more

Story IX: Repairs to St James' Spire and the Creation of the Panorama

The history of the Panorama is intimately and inextricably linked to the history of the spire, whose 500th anniversary we now celebrate. Ironically, it was the damage suffered by the spire in the early nineteenth century which made possible... read more

Story X: Abraham Marshall and the printing industry in Louth

An important aspect of Brown’s Panorama which no-one can help but comment upon is, of course, his remarkable attention to detail. One example of this is how scrupulous he was about including the names of shops and shop keepers... read more

Story XI: The Pettener sisters of St Mary’s Mount and their Neighbours.

A lady dressed in a white day gown and a close-fitting white cap stands at the head of the gravel drive of her large house greeting her two visitors, a gentleman and his wife, who have ... read more

Story XII: John Sanderson, father, son and grandson; Millwrights.

On the left panel of the Panorama, just to the east of the Charles Street brickworks, where Hawthorne Avenue runs today, we see a cluster of buildings with a tall chimney ... read more

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