Archibald Allport, (1861-1939)
BORN in America, Archibald John Allport arrived in the UK at Cheltenham as in infant, moving shortly afterwards with his family to Grantham.
His early career was as a headcutter (hairdresser) before starting his own business in Dudley Road, sub-postmaster and general storekeeper, the former position he held for 38 years, retiring at the age of 77.
He was a preacher in Grantham for 58 years, his first sermon being when he was only 17.
He was popular in the Grantham circuit and had preached most of the churches for miles around. He was the second oldest local preacher on the Finkin Street circuit plan when he died.
Mr Allport was member of the old Board of Guardians (workhouse) and a former temperance advocate.