Scunthorpe Cattle Market

A scene from Scunthorpe cattle market from around 1950 is seen here in this photograph and features Leonard Hornsby, of the bus family, sat on the fence by the auction ring in the centre of the picture. Frank Trafford is in the auction box and Fred Glasier is in the ring wearing a trilby hat.

A scene from Scunthorpe Cattle Market in c1950

A scene from Scunthorpe Cattle Market in c1950

Fred Glasier would shout out the weights of the animals whilst Leonard Hornsby would write down who bought them and how much they cost. 

The markets were held every Monday in Scunthorpe, Tuesday in Barnetby, Thursday in Brigg and Barton on Saturdays.

The photo shows the weekly cattle market with St. John the Evangelist Church in the background; this is now used as the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

There were various pens for pigs, cattle and sheep and when it was time for them to be auctioned they were brought into the ring. Fishers had a slaughterhouse in Fenton Street and there was also the nearby council abattoir in the area, to the south of St.John’s Church.

Mr Hornsby had trained in valuation and property matters and worked for the Inland Revenue at Grimsby in the valuation office valuing properties and compensation in relation to redevelopment schemes.

Because of his knowledge in the valuation field he was recruited by Maurice Lansdale and Fred Glasier and became a partner in Spilman, Glasier and Lonsdale. The business had offices in Mary Street, Scunthorpe and High Street, Winterton. Their main business was property sales and valuations with the Winterton office being the one dealing with agricultural valuations and sales.

The Scunthorpe cattle market auctioneers were Fred Glasier and Frank Trafford who had offices in Oswald Road, Scunthorpe. Mr Hornsby was mainly involved in grading the cattle that along with sheep and pigs were sold to farmers of butchers at the auctions. The market would be selling animals from 8:30am through to 11:30am and after paperwork was completed in the Blue bell Hotel which was on the corner of the High Street and the old bus station.

Farmers not only came to the market to buy and sell cattle, but to also keep up with affairs and meet friends – the visits to the Blue Bell were not primarily about having a drink.



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