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Bulletin updated 5 January 2021

Action taken as a result of Coronavirus Pandemic


We plan to offer a series talks accessible online by Zoom and in 2021; details will be posted shortly.


The 2020 AGM, which should have taken place in Boston in October, was cancelled. Instead, a virtual meeting will take place on-line by 'Zoom' on 6 February 2021 at 2.00 pm. Full details will be circulated shortly, including booking instructions.


The bookshop has been CLOSED since the middle of March last year and is likely to remain so for a little time to come. This is a matter of great regret, but ensuring the safety of customers and volunteers in our historic building is impossible under current restrictions.

Donations of Books: The Bookshop is still in need of book donations both for now and the future, and contributions will be much appreciated. Books cannot be dropped off at Jews' Court at present. However, if you have any books to donate please email and we will try to arrange collection.


The Spring, Summer and Autumn issues of Lincolnshire Past & Present (Nos. 119, 120 and 121) were despatched to SLHA members last year. Issue 122 (Winter 2020/21) will appear shortly along with papers for the forthcoming AGM.

Notices and other information will be sent by mail to members from time to time. We also aim to keep members informed of Society business through this website.


As in previous years, the Society is recognising the achievements of groups and individuals through its awards. The winners for 2020 will be announced in due course.


Contact with the Society can be made by email: Please bear with us if responses are less prompt than usual.

June 2021

John Sass, MBE
Lincolnshire Windmill expert honoured

We were delighted to hear that Jon Sass has been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours. He is a longstanding member of the Industrial Archaeology team at SLHA and leading light in the Lincolnshire Mills Group.

Jon is widely acknowledged as the foremost authority on the windmills and watermills of Lincolnshire, and over the years he has generously shared his expertise and knowledge with countless mill owners, local historians, molinologists and others.

Jon's knowledge of mills is based on practical experience. He was part of the team that restored Lincolnshire's last surviving post mill at Wrawby in the 1960s and has had direct 'hands on' experience of many mills since.

He has also written numerous articles about Lincolnshire windmills, watermills, millers and millwrights. His book 'Windmills of Lincolnshire' (2012)  brought together much of his accumulated knowledge in concise text and historic photographs. It is a superb lasting tribute to Jon Sass and his recording of this aspect of Lincolnshire's unique heritage.

Jon Sass, MBE - Lincolnshire molinologist

January 2021

Lincolnshire Anniversaries 2021
People, Events, Buildings

* Battle of Lincoln between forces of Empress Matilda and King Stephen (2 Feb)

* Anne Askew, Protestant martyr, born at Stallingborough

* Severe storm on Lincolnshire coast; 60 ships stranded between Boston and Newcastle
* John Whitgift, later Archbishop of Canterbury, became Dean of Lincoln

* Fossdyke between Lincoln and the Trent improved and Torksey Lock built
* Act of Parliament for improvement of River Witham for navigation
* Thomas Cowley, landowner and benefactor of Donington, died, aged 96 (17 July)
* Thomas Thistlewood, plantation owner and diarist, born at Tupholme (16 March)
* Chaplin family bought the Riseholme estate from the St Pauls and subsequently built the Hall
* West tower of St Botolph’s Church, Lincoln, rebuilt by Henry Grix

* The Carholme on Lincoln’s West Common first used as a racecourse
* George Bass, surgeon and navigator of Australia, born at Aswarby (30 January)
* First Stamp End lock built on the Witham in Lincoln
* Reconstruction work begun at St Luke’s church, North Carlton
* The re-building of St Peter’s church at Doddington, funded by Lord Delaval, began
* Cogglesford Mill built on the River Slea

* Thomas Scott (born at Bratoft), theologian and author, co-founder of the Church Missionary Society, died
* Coal mine shaft started in Coal Pit Wood, Woodhall Spa, by John Parkinson
* The Crescent at New Bolingbroke started by John Parkinson for weavers in his factory
* St Peter’s Church at Frithville built
* Congregational Chapel in Horncastle built, Grade II
* Wainfleet All Saints church built on site of medieval church
* Whaplode St John church built by Jephtha Pacey
* Torksey St Peter nave, aisle and chancel rebuilt
* Sibsey Wesleyan Methodist chapel built
* Swineshead North End windmill built
* Messingham Wesleyan Methodist chapel built
* Horncastle St Mary’s south aisle rebuilt
* Sleaford Primitive Methodist: first society formed

*Lincoln Corporation acquired Hartsholme Lake as source of the City’s water supply
* GNR railway line opened between Firsby and Wainfleet, for goods (11 Sept) and passengers (24 October)
* Passenger services ceased on the Little Bytham to Edenham railway after only 19 years
* New C of E churches built: Apley, St Andrew; Fosdyke, All Saints; Lincoln, St Mark;
* Anglican churches remodelled or restored:  Burgh on Bain, St Helen; Claxby, St Mary; Freiston, St James; Helpringham, St Andrew; Salmonby, St Margaret; South Ormsby, St Leonard; Tealby, All Saints; Thornton le Moor, All Saints
* New Methodist chapels built: Belchford (Wesleyan); Kirkby on Bain (Primitive); Lade Bank (Wesleyan);
* New school buildings: Brant Broughton; Brattleby; Saxilby infants. Belchford school board formed and laid plans for the first school in the village
* Gainsborough Temperance Hall on Spital Terrace opened
* Mablethorpe’s Lincolnshire Seaside Convalescent Home, built by James Fowler of Louth, opened
* Butterwick windmill built; it had four storeys and four sails
* Boston gasworks extended by J T B Porter & Co of Lincoln
* Boston People’s Park in Boston opened by W H Wheeler
* Louth town water supply from Hubbards Hills began
* Boston Cottage Hospital opened, the forerunner of Pilgrim Hospital

* Liz Smith (film and TV actress) born, Crosby (Scunthorpe) (11 December)
* Many First World War memorials unveiled and dedicated in Lincolnshire towns and villages
* Robert H Crawford & Son, agricultural engineers of Frithville, founded
* Belton House gardens remodelled
* William Dennis, potato grower, died Kirton in Holland (7 January)
* Steve Race (composer, pianist and TV presenter) born Lincoln (1 April)

* Theddlethorpe gas terminal opened
* Samantha Cameron, who grew up at Thealby Hall on the Normanby estate and became business woman and wife of UK PM, born (18 April)
* Horncastle-Woodhall Spa railway line finally closed to goods traffic (5 April)
* Lincoln City Council offices built by John Roberts Associates
* Methodist chapels closed: Haltoft End (Freiston), Owmby by Spital, Moorby, Little Steeping, Keal Coates, Susworth, East Kirkby, Swaby, Frampton, East Stockwith, Amber Hill, Partney, Beaumont Street (Gainsborough).
* Lincoln St Marks church demolished
* Village school closures: Swarby, Stainby, Wickenby, Timberland, Silk Willoughby, West Deeping, Stainfield, Stubton, Dowsby, Claxby, Old Somerby, Irnham, Upton cum Kexby, Kirkby Underwood, Pickworth,
* Laceby Road Methodist Church, Grimsby, opened
* Bracebridge Heath became an independent parish
* First phase of new Pilgrim Hospital in Boston opened

January 2021