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 email@example.com.