Characters and Places from the past
.....memories of my youth !!



Person details

Full Name / Nickname
Alderman George Flintham
Date of Birth
The Grange
Fen Road
(The property covered more ground than it does now !!
there was a full size Tennis Court and a beautiful Rose Garden
alongside the lane up to Dickensons Farm)
George Flintham was a partner in the Flintham and Scoley Farmers

He was a pleasant short chubby chap.

He knew lots about Potatoes - bit of an authority on them even !!

John Long and I worked for him part time when we were kids - I was
Eight Stone wet through, an active and fit young guy !!

Different to what I am now !!

Walt Parcells (mentioned elswhere in here) was his Chauffeur.

There are lots of memories that I have of Alderman Flintham - but for
the time being, I will only mention a couple in here.

Lots of farmers and gardeners save their own potatoes as seed to plant
for next years crop.
So did Flintham and Scoley sometimes.
The best seed potatoes come (or did come) from Scotland - Flintham and
Scoley had whole trainloads shipped down from Scotland to Blankney and
Metheringham Station.
The wagons were shunted into a siding (they were looked after by two
Porters, George Reville and Mr Carr - from the Council House on
Station Road - was it Tom Carr - cant remember - Im sure someone will
They were then led (thats a good old Lincolnshise word - it means
'transported') to Moor Farm at Martin.
There, they were looked after by Fred Farmer (a real proper kind
gentleman) and Family.
They were put in Chitting Boxes to sprout and stored in old RAF Nissen
Great big teams like John Hare, Carter Walton, Ernie Gray, John Long
and me put them into the Chitting boxes !!

They were the days !!

Although Walt Parcells was his driver, sometimes he would drive
He had an old battered long bonnet Austin something or other.
He would force that car anywhere he wanted to go - he had absolutely
no concept of the limitations on motor cars !!

A picture that I can see clearly in my mind is a field at Martin - a
set of harrows were left laid 'tynes-up' (I dont know why they were
'tynes-up - so dont ask !!) - they were in a direct line (quite
visible) between the entrance gate of the field and where the Picking
Gang were gathered for a break.

You guessed it - dear old George drove in a straight line - straight
over the harrows - four punctured tyres - but it didnt stop him he
carried onto the Gang before he got out and left his car !!

I loved him.

I am not sure how or for what he was elevated to the Aldermanic Bench
- but I have no doubt someone will tell us.