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01. Conference on Lincolnshire Castles
01. Conference on Lincolnshire Castles
01. Conference on Lincolnshire Castles

The five speakers at the annual Local History Spring Conference at Horncastle College on 9 February were (left to right): Prof David Stocker, Mary Powell, Dave Start, Mary Anderson, Dr David Roffe.

KR

2013, castles, David Stocker, Dave Start, David Roffe, Mary Anderson, Mary Powell
02. Gunby Hall: Site Investigation
02. Gunby Hall: Site Investigation
02. Gunby Hall: Site Investigation

On 16 February a group from the Industrial Archaeology team visited Gunby Hall and examined the surviving features of the Victorian/Edwardian water supply system.

They are seen here outside the dovecote in the hall gardens.

Ken Hollamby

2013, Gunby Hall, water supply
03. Retirement of Rod Callow
03. Retirement of Rod Callow
03. Retirement of Rod Callow

A special social event was held at Jews' Court on 24 February to mark the retirement of Rod Callow, SLHA's Administrator.  He and his wife Jan are shown here together with Chairman Stewart Squires.

KR

2013, Rod Callow, administrator
04. Boston High Street: Walk
04. Boston High Street: Walk
04. Boston High Street: Walk

Neil Wright led a walk along High Street, Boston on Saturday 2 March.  Several timber framed buildings were examined (two from the inside) and an extended tour was made of the recently restored 116 High Street (rear view shown here).

KR

2013, Boston High Street
05. Welcome to new SLHA Officers
05. Welcome to new SLHA Officers
05. Welcome to new SLHA Officers
At the beginning of March, Kathy Holland (right) took on the new role of Society Secretary.  At the same time Fern Wilder (left) became SLHA's Volunteer Co-ordinator. They are shown here with Stewart Squires (SLHA Chairman).
2013, Kathy Holland, Fern Wilder
06. Vernacular Building Recording Group
06. Vernacular Building Recording Group
06. Vernacular Building Recording Group

Ten SLHA members met at David Stocker's house in Thorpe on the Hill on 16 March for introductory training in recording vernacular buildings.

Leadership was shared by David (right), Naomi Field (centre), Ken Hollamby and Graham Beaumont.

KR

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07. Louth-Bardney Railway Line
07. Louth-Bardney Railway Line
07. Louth-Bardney Railway Line

A small group of Society members were given a tour of the private Stenigot Estate on 9 May.

This included a visit to the west portal of the Withcall tunnel on the Louth to Bardney railway line.

JS

2013, Withcall Tunnel
08. Death of Hilary Healey
08. Death of Hilary Healey
08. Death of Hilary Healey
SLHA lost one of its most valued members in the death of Hilary Healey of Bicker on 13 May.  She was an outstanding archaeologist and local historian who also served as editor of Lincolnshire Past & Present.
2013, Hilary Healey
09. Stamford History Fair
09. Stamford History Fair
09. Stamford History Fair

On Sunday 19 May the SLHA took a bookstall and PowerPoint display to the Heritage Fair in Stamford's Arts Centre, a very well-attended event with some 20 stalls representing different heritage interests drawn from a wide area.

CJL

2013, Stamford history fair
10. Wolds Walking Festival
10. Wolds Walking Festival
10. Wolds Walking Festival

SLHA again organised a walk for the Wolds Walking festival.

Stewart Squires led a large and enthusiatic group on 22 May along the former Louth to Bardney railway line up to the tunnel at South Willingham.

KR

2013, Wolds Walking Festival, South Willingham
11. Engineering Exhibition
11. Engineering Exhibition
11. Engineering Exhibition

SLHA mounted a display and bookstall at the ground-breaking celebration of Lincoln's engineering - past and present - held in the Lincoln Cathedral over the Spring bank Holiday weekend, 25-27 May.

KR

2013, Lincoln cathedral, engineering
12. Branston Village Walk
12. Branston Village Walk
12. Branston Village Walk

Tony Hunt of the Branston History Group led a group of members round the village on 5 June.  The walk concentrated on the older areas which now feature in the splendid trail leaflet and are marked by metal plaques and photographs.

KR

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13. Award Winners for 2012
13. Award Winners for 2012
13. Award Winners for 2012

Award winners (Flora Murray Award and SLHA Awards of Excellence): Keith Seaton & Geoff Taylor - Chain Bridge Forge, Spalding (left), Cheryle Berry - Sir Joseph Banks Society (centre), Paul Cockerham - joint-editor of book on Boston St Botolph's memorials (right)

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14. Kirton-in-Lindsey tour
14. Kirton-in-Lindsey tour
14. Kirton-in-Lindsey tour

Following the AGM on 15 June walking tours of Kirton were given by members of the Kirton in Lindsey Society. Historic parts of the town seen included the church, former chapels and schools, the remains of the house of correction, whipping post, and several interesting domestic buildings.

KH

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15. Walk by the River Slea
15. Walk by the River Slea
15. Walk by the River Slea

The annual Les Gostick Memorial Walk was organised and led by Michael Turland on 20 June.  The route taken was along the river Slea to the west of the town centre.

(Michael is seen right of centre wearing a turquoise anorac.)

CJL

2013, Sleaford
16. Outing to Withcall (1)
16. Outing to Withcall (1)
16. Outing to Withcall (1)

A large group of members spent Saturday 6 July in Withcall at Home Farm viewing Henry Smith's large collection of old farm machinery and other local bygones.

They also visited St Martin's Church (under David Stocker's expert guidance) and took trailer rides along the former Louth-Bardney railway line to the Withcall tunnel.

KR

2013, Withcall, St Martin Church
17. Outing to Withcall (2)
17. Outing to Withcall (2)
17. Outing to Withcall (2)

Chris Lester, SLHA Chairman, presents Henry Smith of Home Farm Withcall with books to acknowledge his generous hospitality.

KR

2013, Henry Smith, Home farm, Withcall
18. Tribute to Stewart & Julie Squires
18. Tribute to Stewart & Julie Squires
18. Tribute to Stewart & Julie Squires

Chris Lester, SLHA Chairman, presented Julie Squires with a bouquet of flowers in thanks for her support for Stewart during his 24 months as chairman.  The brief ceremony took place in St Martin's church, Withcall during the society's outing on 6 July.

KR

2013, Julie Squires
19. Weekend Trip to Kent (1)
19. Weekend Trip to Kent (1)
19. Weekend Trip to Kent (1)

The 2013 Weekend Study Tour to East Kent began at Lullingstone Roman Villa.  Members were given a general introduction to the site before viewing the extensive remains and fine mosaic floors.

KH

2013, Lullingstone Roman villa
20. Weekend Trip to Kent (2)
20. Weekend Trip to Kent (2)
20. Weekend Trip to Kent (2)

A full day in Canterbury began with a guided tour led by the Kent Archaeological Trust.  The city wall - interesting in itself - was an excellent viewpoint for several key features of the city's early history.

KR

2013, Canterbury
21. Weekend Trip to Kent (3)
21. Weekend Trip to Kent (3)
21. Weekend Trip to Kent (3)

A day in Dover included a full morning at Western Heights viewing fortifications of various periods.

PS

2013, Dover, Western Heights
22. Heckington Show
22. Heckington Show
22. Heckington Show
Now a fixture in the SLHA outside events year, a bookstall was taken at England's "Largest Village Show".
2013, Heckington Show
23. Visit to Brick Kiln & Wind Pump
23. Visit to Brick Kiln & Wind Pump
23. Visit to Brick Kiln & Wind Pump
As a contribution to the Heritage Open Days Weekend SLHA members arranged several events including a first-time visit to the rare Victorian brick kiln and brick pit wind pump at Sutton on Sea.
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24. Prehistoric Lincolnshire (1)
24. Prehistoric Lincolnshire (1)
24. Prehistoric Lincolnshire (1)
A conference on Pre-Historic Lincolnshire was held at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, on 21 September.  The speakers shown here are (left to right) Antony Lee, Peter Chowne and Jeremy Taylor.
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25. Prehistoric Lincolnshire (2)
25. Prehistoric Lincolnshire (2)
25. Prehistoric Lincolnshire (2)
The SLHA conference at BGU on 21 September explored current understanding of Lincolnshire's pre-history.  The other three speakers were (left to right) Tom Lane, Adam Daubney and Loraine Knowles.
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26. Oil Exporation Conference (1)
26. Oil Exporation Conference (1)
26. Oil Exporation Conference (1)

SLHA hosted the twice yearly East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference on 26 October. Four excellent speakers about oil exploration in the E Midlands past and present.

CJL

2013, Oil exploration, eakring
27. Oil Exploration Conference (2)
27. Oil Exploration Conference (2)
27. Oil Exploration Conference (2)

The conference included a visit to Dukes Wood Museum near Eakring, site of an important WW2 oil field.

KH

2013, Eakring oil exploration
28. 'Echoes of the Past' Genealogy Day
28. 'Echoes of the Past' Genealogy Day
28. 'Echoes of the Past' Genealogy Day

SLHA contributed to a well-attended day at the Lincolnshire Showground on 27 October.  We had a bookstall and information point, and also provided three short talks around the Society's past and present activities.

CJL

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29. Retirement of Thora Wagstaffe
29. Retirement of Thora Wagstaffe
29. Retirement of Thora Wagstaffe

At the annual SLHA volunteers' party on 1 December a presentation was made to Thora Wagstaffe, who has recently stepped down after more than 20 years' service in Jews' Court Bookshop.

SES

2013, Thora Wagstaffe
30. Retirement of Paul Hunter
30. Retirement of Paul Hunter
30. Retirement of Paul Hunter
Paul, house manager at Jews' Court, retired at Christmas.  He also assisted Pam Darcy with new book purchases and served in the shop.  For over 15 years he was a regular presence at Jews' Court.
2013, Paul Hunter