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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Photograph: Ken Hollamby and Jenne Pape discuss the timber framed building with Norman Bonner (former head carpenter at Lincoln Cathedral)