William Brown’s Blue Plaque
Houses in 1977, shortly before demolition
Map showing houses in Vickers Lane
William Brown, painter of the wonderful Louth Panorama, lived in Vickers Lane – that’s the little road opposite the Post Office in Northgate. At that time, the road was narrower, and on the western side was a series of terraced houses, some of which had a shop window. The Brown family lived in one of these houses. We don’t know exactly where they lived, because the 1841 and 1851 censuses do not show the house numbers.
It wasn’t a very prestigious area of the town. William Brown worked as a house painter. His immediate neighbours were an agricultural labourer (1841 and 1851), a grocer (1841) and a postman (1851). All these houses were demolished in the 1970s.
A blue plaque commemorating William Brown will be unveiled in Vickers Lane by Louth Civic Trust on Friday 9 February 2024, at 11 am. You are welcome to attend!
More information about William Brown and the Louth Panorama is in an earlier blog post: https://www.louthmuseum.org.uk/blog/2013-12-03-william-brown