Interesting Facts

  • Mechanised packing

    Mechanised packing

  • Young Wiliam Rose standing beside his 1906 Rose national 4 seater car.

    Young Wiliam Rose standing beside his 1906 Rose national 4 seater car.

  • The first Lord Burgh was at both the Coronation of Richard III and the Coronation of Henry Tudor.
  • The third Lord Burgh was among those who petitioned Pope Clement VII to consent to the King’s divorce.
  • He was Anne Boleyn’s Lord Chamberlain and, in 1533, he rode in the Queen’s barge at her Coronation.
  • Three years later he had the misfortune to be one of the peers summoned to Anne Boleyn’s trial.
  • One of the third Lord Burgh’s sons, Edward, married Katharine Parr in 1529.
  • She later married Henry VIII and became his sixth wife.
  • John Wesley (founder of Methodism) preached here on several occasions between 1759 and 1784.
  • In 1760, William Hornby, the owner of the first bank in Gainsborough, obtained a lease on the Old Hall and used it as a coarse linen factory.
  • William Rose’s family were once tenants in the West range. He went on to invent the world’s first mechanical packing machine and set up Rose Brothers (Gainsborough) Limited.
  • In 1898 he designed and put into production the manufacture of a car. This led to Gainsborough becoming one of the first places in the country to successfully produce a car.
  • Because of the close relationship and use of Rose’s packing machines, Cadburys gave the name Roses to one of their popular products.

Interesting Facts

Mechanised packing

The Old Hall has links to the production of linen, cars and boxes of chocolate...

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