16th March 2022
A brand new display of boards showing snapshots of the Brown’s Panorama have been popping up around Louth over the last few days.
The series of 13 different information boards have been created by Louth Town Council. They are inspired by the two magnificent 360 degrees panorama paintings, which are displayed in the council’s offices. The paintings show a bird’s eye view of Victorian Louth and the surrounding area. Each board illustrates a relevant part of the Panorama along with snippets of historical information.
To accompany the display boards the Town Council have written a Panorama Trail booklet which takes you on a historical journey around the town of Louth passing each of the boards in turn, beginning and ending at St. James’ Church.
The Panorama Trail is one of the projects that Louth Town Council has brought to the town, paid for by the Welcome Back Fund which allows Councils to work with their communities to put in place additional measures to create and promote a safe environment for local trade and tourism.
The Mayor of Louth, Cllr. Darren Hobson, who has been very much involved with the project commented “The aim is that residents and visitors alike can follow the trail around Louth, reading the displays which will impart historical facts about the areas in which they are situated. We hope that this will encourage those following the trail to find out more about the wonderful Brown’s Panorama and as a bonus, they get to enjoy the fresh air and space.” The trail boards will be in place until mid April and will be displayed again in the summer months and early autumn.
Trail booklets can be picked up at Beaumont’s Deli on Bridge Street, Louth Town Council’s Offices, at the Sessions House, Eastgate, St James’ Church, and the Louth Museum and Spout Yard Park when open in April. The Trail can also be found on the Town Council’s website, www.louthtowncouncil.gov.uk/browns-panorama-trail/ along with a downloadable pdf version.
We are grateful to East Lindsey District Council for their support; to the Louth Naturalists’, Antiquarian and Literary Society (LNALS) and to Dr. Richard Gurnham for assistance in creating the information boards.
The original Panorama can be viewed at the Town Council’s Offices (Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, or a back lit digital version can be seen at Louth Museum (opens 6th April 2022). Further reading/information: ‘William Brown and the Louth Panorama’ by David Robinson and Christopher Sturman, ‘The People of the Panorama’ by Dr. Richard Gurnham. Both these books are available to purchase from Louth Museum and local bookshops.