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1972 The Granada closed, leaving Grantham without a cinema

More Detail The last film to be shown was The Tales of Beatrix Potter

1951 The whole of the church was lit by electricity for the first time
1952 Formation of Friends of St Wulfram's More info
1956 The remaining eight niches on the west front were filled with statues. More info
1958 -1959 Demolition of the Victorian east and west wings of the Vicarage
1958 -1977 Graham Rogers Sansbury M.A., Vicar
1960 Dedication of the Chapel of St Michael
1966 Dedication of Church Hall beside the Vicarage
1966 Controversy about removing stained glass from Bradley memorial window on safety grounds
1967 -1969 Laying up of the Machine Gun Corps colours and dedication of memorial tablet and book of remembrance
1969 Porter Window by L C Evetts More info
1970 Hall window by John Hayward More info
1972 Organ enlarged by Cousins of Lincoln
1972 Team Ministry formed in Grantham; Vicar becomes Rector
1974 Pinchbeck Memorial Window More info
1974 Council pays to floodlight the church
1977 -1985 Rex Alan Howe M.A., Rector
1979 Griffin Memorial Window
1982 -1983 The statue of St Wulfram on the south-west pinnacle was removed and renovated during major work on the tower
1986 -1996 Robert Paul Reiss M.A., Rector
1990 A coffee shop was opened in the North Porch


1961 Grantham Civic Trust founded
1963 Quincentenary Celebrations - 500 yrs since Grantham's Incorporation as a Borough
1968 Church of the Ascension, Harrowby
1972 The Granada closed, leaving Grantham without a cinema More info
1974 Local Government reorganisation took away Grantham's borough status. More info
1975 Church of the Epiphany, Earlesfield
1982 -1984 Demolition of houses and commercial properties to make way for Morrisons' Isaac Newton Shopping Centre More info
1982 Grantham Leisure Centre opened in Union St
1983 The Paragon Cinema opened, bringing cinema back to Grantham More info
1986 Grantham became a smokeless town
1992 Welby St became Grantham's first pedestrianised street
1998 Meres Leisure Centre, Trent Rd opened More info


1957 Russians launch first earth-orbiting satellite 'Sputnik'
1961 First man to orbit the earth - Yuri Gagarin of Russia
1963 President J F Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, Texas
1967 First successful heart transplant by Dr C Barnard in South Africa
1968 Martin Luther King Jr assassinated at Memphis
1969 First man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong
1973 Great Britain enters the European Economic Community
1979 -1990 Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher is the first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain
1981 AIDS is first identified
1982 Falklands War between Great Britain and Argentina
1988 Pan-Am 747 explodes and crashes at Lockerbie due to a terrorist bomb
1988 Benazir Bhutto, the first Islamic woman prime minister (Pakistan)
1989 Students take over Tiananmen Square Beijing, in a rally for democracy, many killed
1989 Berlin Wall taken down, East Germany opened to the West
1990 World Wide Web starts
1990 -1991 South Africa frees Nelson Mandela and the next year repeals apartheid laws
1991 Break up of Soviet Union
1992 Yugoslav Federation broken up; Czechoslovakia agrees to split into two nations
1994 Ordination of first women priests in the Church of England
1994 IRA ceasefire in Northern Ireland


Elizabeth II Crowned 1953 Reigning 1973 Britain joins the Common Market (now the EU) Windsor