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On Saturday 1 June a group of 40 people assembled at The Heneage Arms in Hainton to learn from the SLHA Building Recording Group (RUBL) about the historic Lincoln Lane Farmhouse in the centre of nearby Sixhills.

Members of RUBL gave presentations describing details of the building’s construction and history that have emerged from more than three years’ fieldwork and research. Jenne Pape and Chris Page began by giving a general description of the building, with particular reference to its timber frame, chimneys, brickwork and staircases.

The special photographic techniques, including rectified photography, used during the recording of the building were outlined by Richard Croft. These had enabled an extremely accurate record to be made of building’s construction, including the stones built into the walls which were recovered from the Gilbertine Sixhills Priory following the dissolution.

Mark Gardiner gave an account of the re-used twelfth-century oak timbers at first-floor level, an unexpected and intriguing discovery. These joists are of fine quality.  The oak from which these timbers were carved came from Sherwood Forest and is similar to timbers in the roof of Lincoln Cathedral.

Naomi Field’s presentation dealt with the extensions to the original building and the cellar. As part of the project, Paul Croft had taken paint samples from some of the building’s painted surfaces. Laboratory analysis enabled him to identify and date some of the house’s internal decoration over a long period of time.

David Stocker, RUBL Chairman, summarised the documentary history of the farmhouse and its tenants. He provided a plausible and coherent account of the building’s use and significance over the past four hundred years.

Following lunch, members visited Lincoln Lane Farmhouse and, with the help of RUBL members, examined this intriguing building.

RUBL is open to all members of the Society and has an active programme of work. Anyone interested in joining should contact RUBL’s secretary Ken Hollamby ken@abbeyside.co.uk.

June 2019

Claxby Ironstone Mine
A walk around the site

As part of the 2019 Wolds Walking festival, Stewart Squires led a walk from the Viking Centre in Claxby on 31 May to the nearby site of the nineteenth century ironstone mine.

A keen and attentive group of walkers learned about the precarious life of miners and, under the leader’s expert guidance, made some sense of the steep hillside’s humps and hollows.

Stewart’s book on the ironstone mines at Claxby and Nettleton was published by SLHA in 2017.


On the site of the Claxby Mine

May 2019

Open Lincoln Weekend
Visitors and Guided Walks

Over the weekend March 30-31 many of Lincoln’s historic sites opened their doors and welcomed visitors - at no charge. Jews’ Court again attracted a number of visitors who were told about its history and significance by Pearl Wheatley. Chris Hewis was guide to a mounted display of Lincoln photographs from his postcard collection; he also showed visitors less familiar areas of the building, including the attic.

Tours looking at historic aspects of the City were arranged on both Saturday and Sunday. These covered Roman Uphill Lincoln, Medieval streets and markets, and the city in the Victorian industrial period. Leaders were Penny, Karen, Avril, Mal, Tom and Nigel. The total count of tour participants was 337, a very satisfying number.

Photos: Right - Penny and Karen leading groups looking at aspects of Lincoln in the industrial period.
Below: Chris Hewis (centre) and Pearl Wheatley (left) giving insights into Jews' Court's history and discussing local photographs.

 


April 2019