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01. Sixhills Priory (1)
01. Sixhills Priory (1)
01. Sixhills Priory (1)
The Building Recording Group at SLHA have made several visits to Sixhills Priory to photograph and measure this unusual building with its uncertain historic origin.
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02. Sixhills Priory (2)
02. Sixhills Priory (2)
02. Sixhills Priory (2)

The lower parts of Sixhills Priory possibly date from the medieval period.

Local volunteers from Sixhills and Hainton are working with SLHA to record and interpret the buildiing.

Professor David Stocker stands under the shade of a tree and directs operations.

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03. VAG Conference (1)
03. VAG Conference (1)
03. VAG Conference (1)

The Building Recording Group at SLHA hosted the prestigious annual conference of the Vernacular Architecture Group in LIncoln in the spring.

One of several tours in the county took the members to the Old Vicarage at Coningsby. One wing of the building is renowned for its high quality medieval timber construction.

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04. VAG Conference (2)
04. VAG Conference (2)
04. VAG Conference (2)

Members at the Vernacular Architecture Group conference in April visited Stamford and also spent time in the stone quarry at Clipsham from which the town's stone is still obtained.

Aligned steel wedges are hammered into the face of a large limestone boulder. Hitting the head of a wedge forcefully with a smallish sledge hammer is not as easy as it looks.

 

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05. Visit to Southwell (1)
05. Visit to Southwell (1)
05. Visit to Southwell (1)

The SLHA Building Recording Group arranged a visit to Southwell in April where they were welcomed by members of the local group.

Visits were made to timber-framed, brick houses in West Thorpe on the edge of the town.

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06. Visit to Southwell (2)
06. Visit to Southwell (2)
06. Visit to Southwell (2)
Home owners in West Thorpe generously welcomed SLHA visitors into their homes and allowed them to examine timber construction which, in several instances, has survived from medieval times.
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07. LIncolnshire Chairmakers
07. LIncolnshire Chairmakers
07. LIncolnshire Chairmakers

William Sergeant, an enthusiastic and expert collector of Lincolnshire-made chairs, described their features to SLHA members at a meeting in Lincoln.

He brought along several examples of chairs made in the Grantham, Sleaford and Caistor areas and explained how to determine where they had been made - and perhaps by whom.

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08. Louth Flood Walk
08. Louth Flood Walk
08. Louth Flood Walk

Jean Howard was the leader of a well-supported walking tour in Louth following the areas affected by the flood of 1920. The walk took place on 29 May, the 96th anniversary of the disaster.

The weather was cool and grey but, unlike 1920, mercifully dry.

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09. Scawby Hall Waterworks (1)
09. Scawby Hall Waterworks (1)
09. Scawby Hall Waterworks (1)

By special permission of the owner, members of the SLHA Industrial Archaeology team have recorded the waterworks supplying Scawby Hall.

The original installation, seen here to the right in ruinous state, comprised a water wheel (timber and iron) fed by water from the nearby lake and a 3-cylinder pump which drove water by pipe to the house, garden and yard.

In the left foreground are tanks associated with the revised water supply system introduced in the early 1900s.

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10. Scawby Hall Waterworks (2)
10. Scawby Hall Waterworks (2)
10. Scawby Hall Waterworks (2)

The private water supply at Scawby Hall was later provided by a ram pump housed in a brick chamber below ground level.

Chris Lester is seen here making the difficult descent into the chamber (one of his specialities) to examine and measure the pump. Supervision and encouragement is being given by Stewart Squires (his speciality).

The Society is grateful to Tom Nelthorpe for allowing access to this private site.

2016, ram pump, Scawby Hall,
11. Society Picnic (1)
11. Society Picnic (1)
11. Society Picnic (1)

The annual SLHA picnic was held in a group of villages in the southern Wolds.

Prof David Stocker described the unique feathures of the parish church of St Peter & St Paul in Langton by Spilsby. He is speaking from the top deck of a fine three-decker pulpit.

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12. Society Picnic (2)
12. Society Picnic (2)
12. Society Picnic (2)
A small group of members occupied the unusual longitudunal box pews in the early Georgian church of St Peter & St Paul in Langton.
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13. Society Picnic (3)
13. Society Picnic (3)
13. Society Picnic (3)
Those attending the SLHA picnic tramped across a muddy grass field to learn from Stewart Squires about a farm water supply operated by a water wheel housed in a subterranean chamber.
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14. Society Picnic (4)
14. Society Picnic (4)
14. Society Picnic (4)

The SLHA picnickers visited Sutterby Church, rescued from near-dereliction and now an important focus for a local heritage study group, 'The Spirit of Sutterby'.

The churchyard's waist-high grass appears to have been specially mown for the occasion,

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15. Society Picnic (5)
15. Society Picnic (5)
15. Society Picnic (5)

Examining the interior of Sutterby's Church of St John Baptist under the guidance of Dave Start (in Hi-Vis jacket to the left).

Prof David Stocker pointed out the vestigial signs of wall painting above the chancel screen.

2016,
16. Brackenbury Lecture
16. Brackenbury Lecture
16. Brackenbury Lecture

The annual Brackenbury Lecture in the historic Raithby Methodist Chapel was delivered by Prof Valerie Purton of Anglia Ruskin University on the theme of 'Tennyson and the Sense of Place'.

There was a large and attentive audience almost filling the chapel pews.

2016,
17. Visit to Papplewick (1)
17. Visit to Papplewick (1)
17. Visit to Papplewick (1)
A small group of members visited Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottinghamshire on 10 July. This was a 'steam day' when all the water supply machinery was operating.
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18. Visit to Papplewick (2)
18. Visit to Papplewick (2)
18. Visit to Papplewick (2)

The experience of walking in the (empty) vaulted, cathedral-like undergound reservoir at Papplewick was memorable.

Chris Page provides an element of scale as he takes his own shot of the impressive brick vaulting.

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19. Burntstump Hill foundry
19. Burntstump Hill foundry
19. Burntstump Hill foundry
The day trip to Papplewick concluded with a demonstation of metal casting by Mark Sutton at his Burntstump Hill foundry.
2016,
20. Isle of Man Study Tour (1)
20. Isle of Man Study Tour (1)
20. Isle of Man Study Tour (1)

The 2016 SLHA Study Tour took more than 40 members and friends to the Isle of Man.

The cottages and farm buildings of Cregneash - plus a couple of Manx cats and several chickens - occupied a sunny afternoon near the southern tip of the island.

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21. Isle of Man Study Tour (2)
21. Isle of Man Study Tour (2)
21. Isle of Man Study Tour (2)

An early morning visit was made to Laxey's world famous water wheel. Its role in pumping water from distant, deep mine shafts was explained.

Braver, more agile members of the party climbed to the very top of the wheel.

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22. Isle of Man Study Tour (3)
22. Isle of Man Study Tour (3)
22. Isle of Man Study Tour (3)

Study tour members donned hard hats to visit the short adit of the lead and zinc mine in Laxey close to the famous wheel.

Tony Dent (nearest the camera) considers his lightweight trilby will give his head sufficient protection.

2016,
23. Isle of Man Study Tour (4)
23. Isle of Man Study Tour (4)
23. Isle of Man Study Tour (4)
A ride on the electric tram from Laxey took group members to the summit of Snaefell.
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24. Isle of Man Study Tour (5)
24. Isle of Man Study Tour (5)
24. Isle of Man Study Tour (5)
In the historic church at St Johns the group were told something of the history of the island's Tynwald which by tradition meets in this building annually.
2016,
25. Isle of Man Study Tour (6)
25. Isle of Man Study Tour (6)
25. Isle of Man Study Tour (6)
The tiered platform by the church at St Johns is the site of one of the island's most significant annual events attended by members of the Tynwald.
2016,
26. Funny Faces (1)
26. Funny Faces (1)
26. Funny Faces (1)

The Heritage Lottery funded project 'Past & Present' has enabled SLHA to reach the community through family craft activities.

'Funny Faces' was the theme of the event held on 25 July at St Mary's Guildhall, Lincoln.

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27. Funny Faces (2)
27. Funny Faces (2)
27. Funny Faces (2)

Both children and their parents enjoyed making masks and through this activity learned something about church gargoyles and the Green Man.

Kathy Holland of SLHA led the event, part of the HLF funded 'Past & Present' programme run by SLHA.

2016,
28. Water Supply Survey
28. Water Supply Survey
28. Water Supply Survey
Some of the Industrial Archaeology team surveyed a waterwheel-driven pump in a remote Wolds location during August. Eric Newton, Chris Lester, Stewart Squires and Colin East are seen here at the entrance to the underground pump chamber. (Ken Redmore took the photo.)
2016, water supply, pump chamber
29. Heritage Open Days event
29. Heritage Open Days event
29. Heritage Open Days event

Over 30 people visited Baumber brick kiln on Sunday 11 September. Ken Redmore and Chris Lester of the SLHA IA team explained how bricks were made and presented further information about 19th century brickmaking in Lincolnshire.

Two of the day's visitors are shown in the photograph.

2016,
30. Archaeology Conference
30. Archaeology Conference
30. Archaeology Conference

The Society's annual archaeology conference on the theme of Rural Settlement was held in Lincoln on 17 September.

Dr Steve Willis was one of seven impressive speakers who addressed a large and appreciative audience at Bishop Grossteste University.

2016,
31. 2016 SLHA Memorial Lecture
31. 2016 SLHA Memorial Lecture
31. 2016 SLHA Memorial Lecture
Revd John Wilford (on the right) gave a lecture on Thomas Watson, last Catholic Bishop of Lincoln at a joint meeting with the Saxilby & District History Group on 20 September. Chris Hewis (left) of SDHG took the chair; Mark Acton (centre), SLHA Local History team chairman, explained the aim of the Memorial Lecture (dedicated this year to Miss Kathleen Major, 1906-2001).
2016,
32. Book Launch in Stamford
32. Book Launch in Stamford
32. Book Launch in Stamford
Neil Wright's book 'Treading the Boards: Actors and Theatres in Georgian Lincolnshire', published by SLHA, was launched on 1 October in Stamford Theatre. SLHA's Patron, Tony Worth CVO (on the left) commended the book and formally launched it. Neil is on the right.
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33. Boston Grand Sluice 250th Anniversary
33. Boston Grand Sluice 250th Anniversary
33. Boston Grand Sluice 250th Anniversary

SLHA with the Institution of Civil Engineers initiated a special celebration of the Grand Sluice, completed in 1766. A new information board was ceremoniously 'revealed' at the side of the Witham at the sluice.

SLHA members Barry Barton (second left) - also an ICE member - and Neil Wright (second right) took part.

2016, Grand Sluice
34. Concert Celebrating the LIfe of Brian
34. Concert Celebrating the LIfe of Brian
34. Concert Celebrating the LIfe of Brian

Several leading Lincolnshire folk singers and musicians performed in Washingborough on 14 October as a tribute to Brian Dawson (1939-2013).

Brian, a keen SLHA member, was a highly regarded performer and an assiduous collector of folk songs in the County.

2016, Brian Dawson
35. SLHA Award Winners for 2015
35. SLHA Award Winners for 2015
35. SLHA Award Winners for 2015

At the 2016 AGM the Flora Murray Award for 2015 was presented to the Lincolnshire Film Archive. Navenby Archaeology Group received an Award of Excellence.

In the photograph, l to r:  Rod Ambler (President SLHA), Peter Ryde (Director LFA), Steve White (LFA), Ian Cox (NAG), Neil Wright (Chairman SLHA)

2016,
36. Visit to Epworth (1)
36. Visit to Epworth (1)
36. Visit to Epworth (1)
On the day of the AGM a visit was made to the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church.
2016,
37. Visit to Epworth (2)
37. Visit to Epworth (2)
37. Visit to Epworth (2)
The parish church of St Andrew was introduced by one of its members. Substantial recent work, Heritage Lottery funded, has remodelled the west end of the nave and ringing chamber, and also seen the renewal of the church flooring with the installation of under-floor heating.
2016,
38. Visit to Epworth (3)
38. Visit to Epworth (3)
38. Visit to Epworth (3)
The day in Epworth was concluded in the first floor premises of the Epworth Mechanics' Institute where members have a lending library and an archive room.
2016,
39. Vikings Voyagers (1)
39. Vikings Voyagers (1)
39. Vikings Voyagers (1)

Final sessions of the Lottery funded Past & Present project were arranged by Kathy Holland over the October half-term holiday.

This morning at Kirton in Lindsey intoduced a group of children to Viking artefacts and their way of living through painting and model making.

2016,
40. Viking Voyagers (2)
40. Viking Voyagers (2)
40. Viking Voyagers (2)
Another shot of children at Kirton Lindsey enjoying their introduction to life in the age of Vikings.
2016,
41. Industrial Heritage Conference (1)
41. Industrial Heritage Conference (1)
41. Industrial Heritage Conference (1)

The IA team organised an East Midlands Industrial Heritage day conference in Lincoln on 12 November entitled 'From Ploughshares to Swords'. This dealt with Lincoln engineering firms' manufacture of munitions, tanks, aeroplanes and other material for the First World War.

Over 100 people from the city, county and region attended.

2016, EMIAC,
42. Industrial Heritage Conference (2)
42. Industrial Heritage Conference (2)
42. Industrial Heritage Conference (2)
The speakers at the conference on 12 November were, back row from the left: Stephen Pullen, Charles Parker, Chris Lester (chairman); front row: Peter Robinson, Neil Wright.
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43. Stephen Betteridge's 'silver anniversary'
43. Stephen Betteridge's 'silver anniversary'
43. Stephen Betteridge's 'silver anniversary'

At the conference in Lincoln on 12 November special tribute was paid to Stephen Betteridge, who has been secretary of the Industrial Archaeology team for 25 years.

He is on the left, receiving an inscribed glass decanter and tumblers - a gift from his IA colleagues - from Peter Perkins, NIAG chairman.

2016, Stephen Betteridge