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SLHA events cancelled - our continuing service to members

Bulletin updated 3 April 2020

Action taken as a result of Coronavirus Pandemic


Sunday, 22 March        Lincoln        Induction Course: Lincoln Local List ($)
Tuesday, 24 March       Lincoln        Talk: Railway Station Architecture
Saturday, 28 March      Lincoln        Guided Walks: Cathedral Close & Roman Lincoln
Saturday, 28 March      Lincoln        Discover Lincoln Weekend: Jews' Court open
Sunday, 29 March        Lincoln        Guided Walks: Cathedral Close & Medieval Streets
Sunday, 29 March        Lincoln        Discover Lincoln Weekend: Jews' Court open
Sunday, 12 April          Lincoln        Guided Walk: Industrial Era Lincoln
Thursday, 16 April       Sleaford      Talk: Lincoln Cathedral
Sat 18 - Fri 24 April     Lincoln        7 Guided Walks, 1 per day, for English Tourism Week
Sunday 19 April           Lincoln        Reception: New Members’ Day
Wednesday, 22 April    Lincoln        Talk: Medieval Spalding Project
Sunday, 26 April          Lincoln        Guided Walk: Cathedral Close
Sunday, 10 May           Lincoln        Guided Walk: Roman Uphill Lincoln
Saturday, 16 May        Horncastle   Day Conference: Local History (Levellers & Leeches)
Sunday, 17 May           Lincoln        Guided Walk: Battle of Lincoln
Wednesday, 20 May     Lincoln        Talk: Paper Mills of Lincolnshire
Thursday, 21 May        Sleaford       Talk: The 1217 Battle of Lincoln
Sunday, 14 June          Lincoln        Guided Walk: Industrial Era Lincoln
Wednesday, 17 June    Lincoln        Talk: The Roman Aqueduct at Lincoln
Sunday, 28 June          Lincoln        Guided Walk: Cathedral Close


(Scheduled to take place on 16 May at Banovallum School, Horncastle)
This event had been POSTPONED. We intend to rearrange it later.


The bookshop will be CLOSED from 19 March until further notice.


We will not be able to print Lincolnshire Past & Present as planned this month (April), nor can we send out notices by mail to members in the usual way. We aim to keep members informed of Society business through this website


Contact with the Society can be made by email: Please bear with us if responses are less prompt than usual.

March 2020

Invaders and Traders!
Craft activities for families inspired by Roman and Viking artefacts.

A successful and well attended half term event with 80 visitors of all ages took place at Kirton-in-Lindsey Jubilee Town Hall on February 18th. The theme was Invaders and Traders with a focus on Romans and Vikings. Visitors had the opportunity to investigate a selection of images of Lincolnshire archaeology plus real and replica artefacts.

The decorated Roman dagger sheath excavated in East Bight Lincoln in 1981 provided inspiration for one of the craft activities. This sheath dating to the 1st Century was badly corroded but x-rays and careful conservation revealed panels of intricate decoration. The artefact is on display in The Collection, Lincoln. Other activities included making a Roman shield, decorating some Viking beads, designing a Viking ship prow in clay, making Roman mosaic patterns and a runic activity.

The event was organised by Kathy Holland of the Society with thanks to the Kirton-in-Lindsey Society, the Jubilee Town Hall and The Collection for the loan of a selection of artefacts.

A Young Visitor Holding His Clay Masterpiece

February 2020

SLHA is looking to fill the post of Administrative Assistant at Jews' Court.

The Society is a Charity with almost 600 members, many in Lincolnshire but also throughout the UK and worldwide. Run mainly by volunteers it has interests in the local and industrial history as well as the archaeology of the historic county of Lincolnshire, from the Humber to the Nene. It maintains this through a variety of publications, conferences, programmes of meetings and visits. It also runs a bookshop selling Lincolnshire and County related publications as well as second hand books.

The Society has a vacancy for an Administrative Assistant, based at Jews’ Court, Steep Hill, Lincoln. The work will include handling the variety of clerical and administrative procedures in a busy office, a crucial part of the team managing the day to day work of the Society.

The post is part time, three mornings a week, and 10 hours a week. The salary is £8.61 an hour. Holiday entitlement is the equivalent of 4 weeks work (40 hours per annum)

An application pack is available by contacting the Society Secretary at Jews’ Court, or by downloading the Job Description and Application Form here.

Applications should be returned in an envelope marked ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ by Friday 14 February 2020, to:

The Chairman of the Trustees
Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
Jews’ Court
Steep Hill


Interviews will be held on Wednesday 11th March 2020

February 2020

Retirement of Sue Smith
Long-serving SLHA Admin Assistant

On Friday 17 January a large group of members assembled at Jews’ Court to wish Sue Smith well on her retirement after 27 years in the SLHA office.

Stewart Squires, Chairman of SLHA Trustees, made a presentation to Sue – a bouquet, a garden gift token and piece of Blue John jewellery – and spoke warmly of the contribution Sue had made to the successful running of the office and the friendly reception of visitors.

Photograph: Sue Smith (left) with Stewart Squires (SLHA Trustees Chairman), Kathy Holland (SLHA Secretary)


January 2020

Lincolnshire Anniversaries 2020
People, Events, Buildings

* Vikings sailed up the Humber and invaded Lincolnshire

* Henry II visited Lincoln, one of several visits he made to the city

* Anthony Thorold, lawyer and politician, born.  He served as MP for Grantham and later for Lincoln

* Pilgrim Fathers, many of whom had gathered in Lincolnshire, set sail for America

* Death of Anthony Tuckney, Puritan Theologian. He was born in Kirton in Holland and became vicar of St Botolph’s Boston in succession to John Cotton.
* Act of Parliament for improving the Fossdyke, the canal between Lincoln and Torksey on the Trent. The work was carried out by Samuel Fortrey.

* Leys House, Denton, built as a Public Elementary school
* Wrought iron gates made for St Peter Arches church, Lincoln by Francis Smith (re-erected at Nettleham Hall in 1856)
* Sir George Thorold of Harmston was Lord Mayor of London in this year
* Congregational Chapel built in Star Lane, Stamford
* William Cust of Grantham born. He was a distinguished naval officer, killed on duty aged 28

* Turnpike Road opened between Louth and Horncastle, also between Louth and Saltfleet
* Louth Navigation linking the town to the North Sea at Tetney completed, one of the earliest canals in the country
* All Saints church Stapleford rebuilt in red brick
* Saltfleet tower mill built on the old sea bank on what became known as Mill Lane
* Daniel Lambert, ‘world’s heaviest man’, was born on 13 March; he died and is buried in Stamford
* Church restorations at Butterwick (St Andrew) and Irby in the Marsh (All Saints)
* Original lock on the Witham at Bardney completed
* Lincoln horse races were held on the Heath to the south of the city for the last time
* The bank of the Trent breached near Torksey causing a flood which affected properties in Saxilby and Lincoln. The road from Lincoln to Gainsborough was impassable for 10 days (20 November)
* Rt Hon John Cust, MP for Grantham and Speaker of the House of Commons, died (22 January). ‘Fatigue of his office’ was said to be a contributory factor.
* Original lock built at Stamp End on the Witham in Lincoln; it was later relocated downstream

* Jean Ingelow, poet and novelist, born Boston (17 March), perhaps best known for her poem ‘The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire’
* William Botterill, Hull-based architect of Wesleyan Methodist chapels in Market Rasen and Alford

* Henry Andrews, mathematician and astronomer, who was born 1744 at Frieston near Grantham (26 January)
* Sir Joseph Banks, naturalist, botanist and Lincolnshire landowner (London, 19 June)
* Peter Burrell (1754-1820) 1st Baron Gwydir, married into the Bertie family of Grimsthorpe. He was Boston MP from 1782 to 1796 and was a keen cricketer. He died 29 June.
* Arthur Thistlewood, who had been born at Tupholme, one-time pupil at Horncastle Grammar School, radical activist and part of the Cato Street conspiracy, hanged and decapitated at Newgate Prison (1 May)

* Normanby Park rebuilt for Sir Robert Sheffield (1786–1862) by Robert Smirke
* Lincoln Lunatic Asylum (later The Lawn) completed, Richard Ingleman the architect
* Sleaford Playhouse theatre was built for Joseph Smedley, a local printer and actor; it is a Grade II listed building.
* Chapels built at Crowle (Baptist), Kirton Holme (Wesleyan Methodist), Wainfleet All Saints (Wesleyan Methodist), Boston (Unitarian), Louth (Congregational), Lincoln (Tanners Lane, Independent)
* Windmills erected at Stickford (Barr Green), Mareham le Fen (Chatterton’s), Middle Rasen, Cleethorpes, East Kirkby (Barlow’s)
* St Germain’s church at Thurlby (NK) rebuilt; north aisle rebuilt at St Mary Horncastle

Other events
* Samuel Bamford sent to Lincoln Prison. The previous year he had been one of the speakers at Peterloo meeting which preceded the ‘massacre’.
* Lincolnshire Agricultural Society's first annual Show
* Coningsby Waldo Sibthorp of Canwick Hall elected to Parliament (8 March)

* Death of John Ross (1801-1870), antiquary
* Churches: new buildings at Hatton, St Stephen; Lincoln, St Peter in Eastgate; work began on St Swithin’s, Lincoln. Major restoration or partial rebuilding at Laceby St Margaret; Howell St Oswald; Mavis Enderby; Waltham All Saints; Hogsthorpe; Burton Pedwardine; Grayingham St Radegunda; Coningsby St Michael; Metheringham St Wilfrid.
* Chapels opened at East Butterwick (PM); Horncastle, Queen St (WM); Lincoln Bracebridge (FM); East Stockwith (PM); Lincoln, Mint Street (Baptist); Sutton St Edmund (WM); Bleasby Moor (WM); Grantham, Castlegate (Congregational).
* Other buildings: Spridlington School opened; Oddfellows Hall erected at Ingoldsby; Becklands, Barnoldby le Beck built for Henri Jossi, Grimsby businessman;

* Dr Charles Plumpton, mathematician
* Doris Stokes, spiritualist and psychic medium, at Grantham (6 January)
* A E (Ted) Smith (1920 - 2015), conservation pioneer who played key role in foundation of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
* William Garfit (b. Boston), banker and Conservative politician, onetime High Sheriff of Lincolnshire and MP for Boston (29 October)
* Peacock, Mabel Geraldine Woodruffe (born 1856) Lincolnshire folklore collector
* Hanging rood installed in Lincoln St Peter at Gowts
* Sleaford cinema, originally known as Picturedrome Cinema, opened with 900 seats
* Victoria Hotel, Woodhall Spa burned down, caused by when an electrical fault (4 April)
* Mumby post mill, said to date from the seventeenth century, was demolished, though the mill house in Mill Lane still survives.
* Coliseum Picture Theatre opened in High Street, Cleethorpes
Other Events:
* First World War memorials unveiled in many Lincolnshire towns and villages
* Serious flood in Louth, 23 lives lost (29 May)
* Stone copings and railings fitted on Tattershall Bridge
* Lincoln’s tramway converted to overhead trolley system
* Greetwell ironstone mine, east of Lincoln closed. It had opened in 1875 and was worked by the Mid Lincolnshire Ironstone Company.
* Institution of Mechanical Engineers held their week-long conference in Lincoln
* The Bracebridge Council Schools were transferred to the City of Lincoln as a result of boundary changes

* East Lincolnshire railway line from Boston to Grimsby and the section of the Loop Line from Boston to Lincoln closed for passengers (5 October)
* ‘Roman Lincolnshire’ by J B Whitwell, first book in History of Lincolnshire series, published by SLHA

* Primary schools closed at Hainton, Careby and East Stockwith
* Methodist chapels closed at Thorpe Bank (PM)  and Sutton St Edmund (UM)
* Scunthorpe Centenary Methodist Church burnt down (21 August)
* Horncastle's former Drill Hall on Boston Road reconfigured as the Town Hall

January 2020