|East Winch lies six miles south-east of
cartoonist of the Daily Express Osbert Lancaster
(1908-1986) used to spend childhood holidays at East
Winch Hall - which lies just off the busy A47.
East Winch Hall
The location is captured in his
autobiography All Done From Memory (1953). The
hall was owned by Osbert's grandfather Sir William
Lancaster who was an eccentric philanthropist. In his
memoir, Osbert portrays the family like characters in a P.G.
Wodehouse novel. Here is a cartoon of the hall, drawn by Osbert, showing him playing croquet on the lawn as a
Cartoon of East Winch
Osbert used to arrive at East Winch by
train from the midlands and, in the book, he provides a charming
portrait of the station. (The railway line no longer
exists due to Dr Beeching's cuts in the 1960s).