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Boston, Wide Bargate
Boston, Wide Bargate
Boston, Wide Bargate

Wide Bargate was the heart of Boston's livestock fairs and markets until the second half of the twentieth century.

This picture from the Edwardian period shows pens full of sheep in the area close to the junction with Pen Street.

Postcard, 1915
Boston, livestock, sheep, fair,
Gelston, Pinfold
Gelston, Pinfold
Gelston, Pinfold

Village pound or pinfold was a feature of most English medieval villages.

Used to hold stray sheep, pigs and cattle until they were claimed by the owners usually for the payment of a fine or levy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_pound 

A plaque on the bench pictured states

"GELSTON PINFOLD PROJECT

TO COMMEMORATE THE 

NEW MILLENIUM AND THE

QUEEN'S GOLDEN JUBILEE" 

DB 23 July 2018 

Gelston, Pinfold, millenium, golden jubileee
Grange de Lings, Farmyard
Grange de Lings, Farmyard
Grange de Lings, Farmyard

This is a typical autumn or winter farmyard scene of corn (wheat or barley) threshing.

A traction engine is providing the power for the threshing machine or drum and also for the elevator lifting straw to the stack in the background.

No fewer than 13 men can be seen in the labour-intensive operation of converting sheaves into grain, straw and chaff.

In the foreground is a horse-drawn flat roller.

Undated photograph

Grange de Lings, farmyard, threshing, traction engine
Heckington, Heckington Show, Lincoln Longwool Sheep
Heckington, Heckington Show, Lincoln Longwool Sheep
Heckington, Heckington Show, Lincoln Longwool Sheep

Lincoln Longwool Sheep on display at Heckington Show.

"Historically, the Lincoln Longwool is one of our most important native breeds of sheep.

A large dual-purpose breed developed to carry a heavy fleece of strong, lustrous, lanolin-rich wool combined with a substantial mutton carcass providing both meat and tallow.

Lincolnshire was already famous for its sheep in the Middle Ages when the wool trade was crucial to Britain’s economy and Lincoln was one of the seven ‘staple’ (official exporting) towns of England"

http://www.lincolnlongwools.co.uk/breed.php 

DB 24 July 2010 

Heckington, Show, Lincoln Longwool Sheep
Heckington, Heckington Show, Lincoln Red Cattle
Heckington, Heckington Show, Lincoln Red Cattle
Heckington, Heckington Show, Lincoln Red Cattle

Lincoln Red Cattle on display at Heckington Show.

"THE WRAGBY HERD OF PEDIGREE LINCOLN RED CATTLE

CALF AT FOOT"

"The Lincoln Red is an old breed of beef cattle, originating from Lincolnshire in eastern England.

They were selectively bred from the indigenous draught cattle of the region by crossing with the Durham type Shorthorn to produce a dual purpose breed"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Red 

See also

http://www.lincolnredcattlesociety.co.uk/breed-history.php  

DB 28 July 2018

Heckington, Show, Lincoln Red Cattle
Heighington, Clarke's Charity Farm
Heighington, Clarke's Charity Farm
Heighington, Clarke's Charity Farm

A view of the farmyard with the hay harvest coming home.

At this time there was a low hedge on the north side of the house enclosing a small garden.

In the early twentieth century the farm was in the tenancy of Mr Drakes.

Heighington, Clarke's Charity Farm, Drakes, Hay Harvest
Heighington, Sheep
Heighington, Sheep
Heighington, Sheep

Mr Edward Barker’s pedigree Lincolnshire Longwool sheep of Town End Farm.

The sheep are looking north in the field known as Moor Heads.

The houses face onto Park Lane. The field is part of The Parks which was enclosed as park land in the twelfth century.

Heighington, Longwool Sheep, Park Lane
Horncastle, Fatstock Market
Horncastle, Fatstock Market
Horncastle, Fatstock Market

Horncastle, in the centre of a large mixed farming area, has had a cattle market for centuries.

The fatstock market was held on the Wong adjoining South Street.

Most of the beast bought and sold were Lincoln Red cattle and Lincolnshire Longwool sheep.

Photograph, 1912

Horncastle, fatstock market