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Sleaford, Bass Maltings
Sleaford, Bass Maltings
Sleaford, Bass Maltings

The maltings at Sleaford, a massive group of buildings, was built by Bass in 1901-7.

The central block with water tower and engine-house is flanked by the eight malthouses giving a total frontage of about 1000 feet. Operations ceased in 1959.

According to Pevsner: 'For sheer impressiveness, little in English industrial architecture can equal the scale of this building'.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Sleaford, Bass Maltings, maltings,
Sleaford, Bass Maltings
Sleaford, Bass Maltings
Sleaford, Bass Maltings

A closer view of the Bass Maltings conveys the huge scale of the complex.

The total frontage of eight maltings plus engine house and workshops is almost 1000 feet (305m) long.

Three blocks were badly damaged by fire in 1976 but their walls still stand to full height, a testimony to their remarkably solid construction.

Chris Lester 2010

Sleaford, Bass maltings,
Sleaford, Carre's Grammar School
Sleaford, Carre's Grammar School
Sleaford, Carre's Grammar School

Carre's Grammar School was founded by local landowner Sir Robert Carre in 1603.

It first occupied its present site on Northgate in 1835 and new buildings were opened in 1904.

This is now a selective secondary school with special status as a Science and Sports College.

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Sleaford, Carre's grammar school, Sir Robert Carre,
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill

Cogglesford Mill, Sleaford was recently restored to working condition and its breast-shot wheel drives the stones and other machinery from time to time to produce flour.

This photograph shows the ground floor, an open exhibition area with milling tools and equipment.

A series of display boards describe the history of the mill and its millers.

Mark Acton, 2008

Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill, watermill, Sleaford Navigation,
Sleaford, Cogglesford&nbspMill
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill

Cogglesford Watermill, on the Slea Navigation is alongside the top lock of the Sleaford Navigation half a mile from Sleaford town centre (TF 074461).

It was probably built in 1771, with a top floor added in the 1830s.

It is open daily from Easter to the end of September and at weekends in the winter.

Mark Acton, 2008

Sleaford, Cogglesford watermill, Sleaford navigation, canal,
Sleaford, Dog Trough
Sleaford, Dog Trough
Sleaford, Dog Trough

A charming drinking trough for dogs on the west side of Northgate near the town centre.

The inscription reads:
"And whatten kind of folk will see
There's water for the doggies"


Ken Redmore 2011

Sleaford, street furniture, drinking dog trough,
Sleaford, Handley Monument
Sleaford, Handley Monument
Sleaford, Handley Monument

Henry Handley (1797-1846) was born in Sleaford and as in later life occupied Culverthorpe Hall.

He sat as MP (for a Wiltshire constituency) for nine years and was an entrepreneur with particular interest in steam power and agricultural improvements.

After his death a public subscription raised £942 towards this fine monument completed in 1852 on Southgate.

The architect was William Boyle of Birmingham.

Sleaford, Handley Monument, Southgate
Sleaford, Handley Monument
Sleaford, Handley Monument
Sleaford, Handley Monument

The monument was built in honour of Henry Handley (1797-1846), son of a Sleaford lawyer and banker, who served as MP for Heytesbury from 1820-26 and Lincolnshire South from 1832-41.

He was described as Ďa tall, stout, good-looking man. He has a jolly, countrified countenance, with a complexion redolent of health. His face is full, and his features are regular and pleasing. His hair is of a light brown, and he sports a pair of whiskers of which any Spanish Don might be proudí.

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Sleaford, Handley Monument
Sleaford, High Street
Sleaford, High Street
Sleaford, High Street

An early twentieth century view looking northwards from the Handley Monument up the High Street, Sleaford's principal shopping street.

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Sleaford, High Street
Sleaford, River Slea
Sleaford, River Slea
Sleaford, River Slea

A view of the navigable River Slea a short distance to the east of Sleaford town centre.

Houses in Eastgate are seen to the left; the popular walk along the river bank leads to Cogglesford Mill and the first lock on the Navigation below Sleaford.

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Sleaford, river Slea, navigation,
Sleaford, River Slea
Sleaford, River Slea
Sleaford, River Slea

This small steel footbridge over the Slea was completed in 2010, shortly before this photograph was taken.

The terminus of the former navigation is 200 metres to the left and The National Centre for Design is close by.

Ken Redmore 2010

Sleaford, navigation, footbridge
Sleaford, Sessions House
Sleaford, Sessions House
Sleaford, Sessions House

Designed by H E Kendall, the Sessions House was built in 1831.

The building is Gothic in style, with a ground floor arcade of open arches facing the Market Place.  It remained in use as a court until 2008.

The building now houses a club and a restaurant.

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Sleaford, Sessions House, H E Kendall, Market Place
Sleaford, St Denys
Sleaford, St Denys
Sleaford, St Denys

The west end of St Denys church adjoins Sleaford Market Place.

The doorway in this west elevation, with three orders of shafts, dates from the late 12th century.

The broach spire, one of the earliest in the country, was rebuilt in 1884.

Sleaford, St Denys church,
Sleaford, St Denys
Sleaford, St Denys
Sleaford, St Denys

The church of St Denys has a Decorated nave and north transept, while the chancel and clerestory are Perpendicular in style.

The church is renowned for the beautiful tracery of its windows and for its medieval rood screen, restored in 1918.

The tower dates from about 1180 and the broach spire is one of the earliest in the country - though both were rebuilt after a lightning strike in 1884.

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Sleaford, St Denys church, window tracery,
Sleaford, St Denys
Sleaford, St Denys
Sleaford, St Denys

At the centre of the imposing west front of St Denys Sleaford is the late Norman and Early English tower, which supports a broach spire of circa 1220, one of the oldest in the country, (but rebuilt after a lightning strike of 1884).

The church is renowned for the beautiful flowing tracery of the Decorated windows in the nave and transept.  Clerestory and chancel are 15th century.

The medieval screen carries a Rood dating from 1918 designed by Sir Ninian Comper.

See: National Heritage List for England

Sleaford, St Denys church, Ninian Comper
Sleaford, St Denys, monument
Sleaford, St Denys, monument
Sleaford, St Denys, monument

This monument for Sir Edward Carre (d.1618) and family is close to the south side of the chancel arch.

It was created by Maximilian Colt.

June 2015

Sleaford, St Denys church, Sir Edward Carre, Maximilian Colt
Sleaford, St Denys, monument
Sleaford, St Denys, monument
Sleaford, St Denys, monument

The recumbent alabaster effigies of Sir Edward Carre and his wife, sculpted by Maximilian Colt, in the monument by the chancel arch.

June 2015

Sleaford, St Denys church, Sir Edward Carre
Sleaford, St Denys, monument
Sleaford, St Denys, monument
Sleaford, St Denys, monument

The heads of Sir Edward Carre and his wife sculpted in alabaster. His head rests on a woven straw mat.

On the panel behind are depictions of death.

June 2015

Sleaford, St Denys church
Sleaford, St Denys, stained glass
Sleaford, St Denys, stained glass
Sleaford, St Denys, stained glass

Modern stained glass window in memory of Yvonne Double in the south aisle.

June 2015

Sleaford, St Denys church, stained glass, Double
Sleaford, St Denys, strainer arch
Sleaford, St Denys, strainer arch
Sleaford, St Denys, strainer arch

The west bay of the north aisle is separated from the rest of the aisle by a strainer arch, built on the pattern of Wells Cathedral and dating from 1853.

June 2015

Sleaford, St Denys church, strainer arch
Sleaford, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Sleaford, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Sleaford, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The Chapel in Northgate opened in 1848. It was replaced by a new building on the same site in 1972.

Postcard posted in 1908

Sleaford, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel