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Dr Brian Hodgkinson
National award for article in SLHA Jounal

Congratulations to Dr Brian Hodgkinson for his article on 'The Holland Causeway and Bridge End Priory' which has been awarded The David Hey Memorial Article 2020 by the British Association for Local History. Brian's article was published in 2018 in the SLHA journal, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, Volume 50.

This is a detailed case study, making use of a wide range of primary sources, which looks at a key link in Lincolnshire’s medieval communications network. The paper shows how the small priory at Bridge End near Sleaford tried to manage the burden of upkeep.

Brian received the award at the Annual Meeting of BALH held 'virtually' on Saturday 13 June. This is the second year in succession that LHA articles have received national recognition through BALH.


A personal note from Brian:

In 1995, I retired from 30 years of bus and coach driving in Nottingham, where I drove the local WEA study tours for a number of years. Because I took great interest in these courses, especially those in history, some of the tutors that led the groups (Michael and Diana Honeybone, Carol Allen) suggested that I studied for the Certificate in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham Department of Continuing Education.

There I eventually came under the tutelage of Professor Sarah Speight, who guided me through the upper realms of academia, gaining a BA, MA in local history, eventually moving onto the 'Big One', a PhD.

This is where I 'discovered' Lincolnshire, and found there were other places apart from Skegness, Mablethorpe and Ingoldmells, all of which I went to many times in my previous occupation.  My thesis subject was the dissolution of the monasteries in the county, primarily utilising wills dating from 1520-1540.

I gained my doctorate in 2013 and decided to write papers on some of the research topics in the thesis; hence "Bridge End Priory".  My present task is the transcription of the churchwardens' accounts from Louth St. James (1527-1570), hopefully for future publication by the Lincoln Record Society.

Brian with the cetficate for the prestigious award

June 2020

Ian George
New Acting Chairman of SLHA

We are pleased to announce that Ian George, Archaeologist and longstanding SLHA member, has taken on the role of Acting Chairman of the society following the sudden death of Nigel Burn in late March.

Ian has a degree in Geography and Archaeology and prehistory at Sheffield University and a Masters in Scientific Methods in Archaeology at the University of Bradford. He worked on long term projects in Italy, Peru and south-western USA.

He first became involved with the SLHA in 1990 and has lived in Lincolnshire ever since. He has had several jobs over this period, including 18 as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage/Historic England. For three years, 1996-99, he was Archaeology Officer for Lincoln City Council.

Since 2017 Ian has been Historic Places Manager at Lincolnshire County Council, heading up the team of archaeologists who provide the Historic Environment Record, Planning Service and Portable Antiquities Scheme for the county. He has recently been appointed Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

‘The society is dear to my heart and has a strong part to play in both researching and promoting the history and heritage of our fine county’, Ian says. ‘We are going through a strange time which is going to leave us a legacy of very changed ways of operating … and we have to find a way of creating a new normal for all of us so that the society doesn't lose contact with its membership and continues to thrive.’

May 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