Congratulations to Dr Brian Hodgkinson for his article on 'The Holland Causeway and Bridge End Priory' which has been awarded The David Hey Memorial Article 2020 by the British Association for Local History. Brian's article was
published in 2018 in the SLHA journal, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, Volume 50.
is a detailed case study, making use of a wide range of primary
sources, which looks at a key link in Lincolnshire’s medieval
communications network. The paper shows how the small priory at Bridge
End near Sleaford tried to manage the burden of upkeep.
received the award at the Annual Meeting of BALH held 'virtually' on
Saturday 13 June. This is the second year in succession that LHA
articles have received national recognition through BALH.
A personal note from Brian:
1995, I retired from 30 years of bus and coach driving in Nottingham,
where I drove the local WEA study tours for a number of years. Because I
took great interest in these courses, especially those in history, some
of the tutors that led the groups (Michael and Diana Honeybone, Carol
Allen) suggested that I studied for the Certificate in Archaeology at
the University of Nottingham Department of Continuing Education.
I eventually came under the tutelage of Professor Sarah Speight, who
guided me through the upper realms of academia, gaining a BA, MA in
local history, eventually moving onto the 'Big One', a PhD.
is where I 'discovered' Lincolnshire, and found there were other places
apart from Skegness, Mablethorpe and Ingoldmells, all of which I went
to many times in my previous occupation. My thesis subject was the
dissolution of the monasteries in the county, primarily utilising wills
dating from 1520-1540.
gained my doctorate in 2013 and decided to write papers on some of the
research topics in the thesis; hence "Bridge End Priory". My present
task is the transcription of the churchwardens' accounts from Louth St.
James (1527-1570), hopefully for future publication by the Lincoln