The Plough Public House was a good spot to catch up on local news and gossip. In 1913, John Frederick WINDLEY was the proprietor. The inn is not mentioned in 1930.
The Lancaster Inn started as a Joint Services Bomb Disposal School in 1940. It is unclear from the records when it became a Pub (under the name Manby Arms), but it was refurbished in 2008 and received its present name.
John FIRTH has a photograph of the Lancaster Inn on Geo-graph, taken in 2010.
From: Lincs. Archives fiche 1227 001 01A (1798): Contributions by families and inhabitants of Manby "towards the assistance of Government in its present defence against our inveterate foe the French." Supplied by Susan Watkin
Revd Francis BURTON, curate of Manby £1 1 shilling
James WELLS esq. £5 5 shillings
Mr WELFITT £1.1 shilling
Mrs Elizabeth WELFITT, widow dowager £1 1 shilling
There was an RAF airfield near Manby village in WWII. The airfield opened for use in 1938 as the Empire Air Armorment School.
Many bomb disposal techniques were developed at Manby field.
By June 1940, RAF Manby housed the Joint Services Bomb Disposal School, where RAF, Royal Engineers and Royal Navy staff trained.
In 1946 RAF Manby became the RAF Flying College and later the College of Air Warfare.
The airfield was closed in 1974 and much of it returned to agricultural use, although some of the buildings remain, now used as grain storage or industrial usage. A local Model Aero Club uses the site, also.
Photographs of Manby Field show the present condition of the Operations Centre and the Control Tower.
Recollections of RAF Manby, by Steve RIPLEY should prove interesting.
John READMAN has a photograph of the Forces graveyard on Geo-graph, taken in 2003.
John READMAN also has a photograph of the Roll of Honour in St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2003.
Diane MALTBY provides this list of World War II graves for foreigners she found in Manby's cemetery:
R77881 Sergeant A. FLEMING. Pilot. Royal Canadian Air Force. 18th August 1942. Age 23. Safe in the arms of Jesus.
404024 Sergeant A. H. C. GILL. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Royal New Zealand Air Force. 17th August 1942. Age 24.
406500 Flight Sergeant. W. J. BIRMINGHAM. Royal Australian Air Force. 28th July 1942. Age 21. From ?Dwelling up? Western Australia.
R64799 Flight Sergeant F. L. J. HARTNETT. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Royal Canadian Air Force. 28th July 1942 Age 21. Borne of the sun They tracked a short while to the sun And left the vivid air Signed with their honour (Is this a quotation from a poem?)
R54196 Sergeant A.F. PEARSON. Air Gunner. Royal Canadian Air Force. 28th July 1942.
PPOR J. CEHRZYCKI. JAASS. 9th October 1941. Age 24. Polish Forces.
KPL W. M. HALENDA. 2 G.A.S. 30th August 1941 Age 23.
KPL F. SKRZYPCZAK. FTC. 28th October 1940. Age 22.