The annual Heritage Open Days, arranged by Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire over the weekend September 13 to 15, were busy and enjoyable. SLHA members led several events.
Derek Broughton gave illustrated talks on Victorian cemeteries at St Nicholas Church, Lincoln. A wide range of photographs from across the country - especially the major cemeteries of London, the East Midlands and West Yorkshire - gave evidence of huge and elaborate memorials, now too often neglected and forgotten.
Wrought iron bridges was the theme of Barry Barton's talk at Saxilby on Friday evening. He explained how bridge building developed up to the early 19th century and was then transformed by the introduction of wrought iron. Railway bridges at Torksey and Stamp End Lincoln - both from the mid-1840s - are historically of great importance.
The Sleaford Group of SLHA arranged several events over the weekend. About 30 attended Christopher Micklethwaite’s talk in Sleaford Library on the Saturday, on some C19th stone-built chapels in Sleaford, including one projected church at New Quarrington that was never built.
Later that afternoon Carre’s Almshouses, Eastgate, Sleaford opened up their chapel for visitors, a rare occurrence. Barbara Marriage, the warden arranged for this gem from the 1840s to be opened up and gave a talk on its history.
David Bramford set up a display of photographs in St Lucia's church, Dembleby about the village and church.
A visit to the rare brick kiln at Sutton on Sea was arranged by Ken Redmore and Chris Lester. Visitors discovered how bricks had been made on the site and also saw the fine surviving wind pump alongside the brick pit.
Visitors at the wind pump, Sutton on Sea brickworks