We decided to go to Gainsborough – well, why not? It’s a place a little North of Lincoln and about 58 miles away, that we hadn’t visited before, and it came to our attention when I discovered that it now boasts a pair of Instavolt car charging points. We’re very happy using our Nissan LEAF, which serves us very well, but the progressive extension of the charging infrastructure makes it ever easier. So we went, arrived at Marshall’s Yard car park which is surrounded by a modern shopping precinct, plugged in and went for coffee – excellent. Even more so when we observed that “for an initial period” Instavolt are giving the kilowatts away free – so many thanks Instavolt!
Coffee took long enough for the car to be 98% charged, so we moved it to a regular parking place and went walkabout. Incidentally, there is in the “electric car community” a jargon. The expression “iced” refers to a charging spot illicitly taken over by a car with an “internal combustion engine”. When we came back from our walk we discovered this:
….. and by an official vehicle to boot – cries of shame!
So we wandered off in to Gainsborough. It turns out in all honesty to be less exciting than its name suggests, although it does have some history attached. Gainsborough Old Hall, run by English Heritage, is a C15th Manor House which looked impressively out of place in its semi-detached context. We considered going in, but even the concessions rate was £8.30 each, and we didn’t think it was likely to be quite that interesting. An exterior shot then …..
We walked down to the river and along a riverside “promenade”. Evidence here of a busier past perhaps with indications of quayside equipment and warehousing. New building as well of course with several blocks of probably quite desirable apartments overlooking the water, and the acres of flat Lincolnshire countryside beyond.
Some interesting and more ancient history is recorded. It seems that the Trent has a tidal phenomenon similar to the more famous Severn Bore.
It must be a sight well worth seeing, and the riverside walk is evidently a good place from which to do so. The information board suggests that it was the site of King Canute’s attempt to turn back the tide early on in the 11th century. I hope the print on this image of the info board is reasonably clear …..
Back to the car and lunch and then the short drive to Kirton in Lindsey, a few miles to the North East, to find the Mount Pleasant Windmill. This turned out to be something of a restoration project, although it is apparently producing some flour. It should be a good visit in a year or so, but proved reasonably photogenic even in its only partially re-constructed state…..