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Bulletin updated 18 January 2022

Action taken as a result of Coronavirus Pandemic


We are offering a series of talks accessible online by Zoom; details are being posted on this website (see Events). Several 'normal' face to face events are also being held.


The shop is currently OPEN on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. 

Enquiries about the shop and book sales can be made to

Donations of Books: The Bookshop is always in need of book donations, and contributions will be much appreciated. Books can be dropped off at Jews' Court during shop opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Otherwise, if you have any books to donate please email and we will try to arrange collection.


The latest issue of Lincolnshire Past & Present (No.125, Autumn 2021) was sent to members in October. The Winter edition will be posted very shortly.

Notices and other information will be sent by mail to members from time to time. We also aim to keep members informed of Society business through this website.



The 2021 AGM was a virtual meeting which took place on-line by 'Zoom' on Saturday 23 October 2021. A summary of the meeting is given in the News section of this website.



Contact with the Society can be made by email: Please bear with us if responses are less prompt than usual.

March 2022

Lincolnshire Anniversaries 2022
People, Events, Buildings

* Hereward the Wake, Anglo-Saxon nobleman, died. Based in the fenland, he led local resistance to the Norman rulers
* Bishop Remigius (by contrast a strong supporter of the Normans) moved his see from Dorchester to Lincoln

* Death of John, third Baron de Willoughby (29 March). His tomb is in St James’ Church, Spilsby.

* End of William Byrd’s period as organist and master of choristers at Lincoln Cathedral
* St Leonard’s church, Mumby Chapel, rebuilt after a flood

* Death of Sir William Armyne of Osgodby (Lenton), MP for Grantham. He was buried at Lenton.
* Birth of Sir Richard Cust, MP for Stamford

* A bore was made in Blue Hill near Spilsby in an attempt to find coal
* Tower of St Michael & All Angels, Thorpe on the Hill, rebuilt 
* Somersby Grange built for Robert Burton, attributed uncertainly to Sir John Vanbrugh
* William Sands of Spalding built the distinctive octagonal nave of St James, Moulton Chapel 

* The Exchange Buildings in Boston Market Place, designed by Thomas Lumby, completed
* John Shadford of Scotter selected by John Wesley as one of 8 preachers to spread gospel in America
* Thomas Reckitt, founder of Hull pharmaceutical firm, born in Wainfleet
* Lincoln Cathedral’s north-east chapel of north east transept – probably St Hugh’s original burial place - rebuilt by James Essex
* Spalding Barrier Bank Turnpike Trust (Peakirk to Spalding) formed

* Wesleyan Methodists built new chapels at Long Bennington and on Frith Bank
* Moulton windmill, reputedly the tallest in the UK, was built by Robert King
* Schools were built at Croft (to replace an earlier one) and at Swinderby
* A new permanent library opened in Lincoln
* A dwelling house in Leadenham was licensed for worship
* Sausthorpe Hall was extended and remodelled
* First record of Baptists worshipping in Grimsby
* South Wold Hunt founded
* Appleby Hall enlarged
* Death of Lieut-Gen Gonville Bromhead of Thurlby by Lincoln
* Silver chalice stolen in a burglary at St Mary’s church, Mablethorpe

* Cyril Bland, cricketer, who played for Sussex, born Boston
* Frederick Cyril Nugent Hicks, Bishop of Lincoln
* Dora Abdy in Stamford. She was a pioneer for girls’ education in Africa
* Norman Angell, Nobel Prize winner, in Holbeach

New buildings:
* HM prison opened on Greetwell Road, Lincoln in June
* Belchford Wesleyan Methodist Chapel opened for worship (June)
* New York Wesleyan Methodist Chapel opened
* Bracebridge Heath Primitive Methodist chapel erected
* Gainsborough National School premises in Trinity Street opened (August)
* Dry Doddington school opened 
* Bishop Norton school built
* West Rasen school opened (later served as a chapel)
* High Toynton St John Baptist Church rebuilt at cost of £1200
* Building of Cleethorpes pier commenced
* Barracks at Grantham built (second phase)
* Ingham Lower Mill built at a cost of £1000
* Boultham Park entrance piers erected (designed by William Watkins)
* Gosberton Gasworks built on High Street, cost £1500

Churches and chapels restored or enlarged:
* Cabourne St Nicholas restored by A W Blomfield
* West Ashby All Saints restored by Ewan Christian
* Great Ponton, Holy Cross, restored
* Burgh on Bain St Helen restored
* Lincoln St Mary le Wigford restored
* Brandon Chapel of ease restored by Charles Kirk
* The Primitive Methodist chapel at Potterhanworth enlarged
* Binbrook Free Methodist chapel renovated
* Nettleton Primitive Methodist chapel enlarged

Other events: 
* The two ecclesiastical parishes in Allington united
* Norbertines established themselves at Crowle
* Ruddocks, printer and stationer of Lincoln, established
* The Witham Shield donated to British Museum by Augustus Wollaston Franks
* The Barton to Lincoln turnpike (and also several more) freed from tolls (1 Nov)
* The Great Northern Railway line opened between Bourne and Sleaford, a distance of about 16 miles (2 Jan)
* The Arboretum in Lincoln laid out

* Leslie Manser, VC, WW2 bomber pilot, born in India. He flew from Swinderby and Skellingthorpe
* Brian Tierney, born in Scunthorpe. He was an historian with particular interest in the medieval church

* Rev George Henry Hales, Rector of Stickney, world record hammer thrower
* Sir John Henry Thorold, 12th baronet, of Syston Hall, former MP for Grantham
* Revd E A Woodruffe-Peacock at Grayingham (3 Feb), He was an outstanding naturalist.
* Grosvenor House Hotel, Skegness, built by the Spencer family;
* Kinema in the Woods cinema opened in Woodhall Spa;
* Casino in Skegness, with ballroom and indoor roller-skating rink
* Machine Gun Corps, based at Belton Park, disbanded (15 July)
* Closure of Metheringham Reform Union Methodist chapel
Other events: 
* Unveiling and dedication of many memorials to those who served in WW1 
* Cleethorpes 5-sailed windmill demolished
* Kirkstead railway station renamed Woodhall Junction
* F M Thompson of Louth began making double deck buses for Birmingham

* St Marks Church Lincoln demolished
* Boston Congregational Church closed
* Lincoln St Paul in the Bail church demolished
* Horncastle Holy Trinity church declared redundant
* Welby School closed (July)
* Wrangle Bank Primitive Methodist chapel closed
* Last service held in Langrick Wesleyan Methodist chapel
* Monksthorpe Baptist church – last use of baptistry
* Closure of Keal Hill Wesleyan Methodist chapel in January
Other events:
* Jonathan Kerrigan, actor, born
* Last commercial traffic on Fossdyke
* Hagworthingham Holy Trinity tower fell down
* Scunthorpe Centenary Methodist Church rebuilt in Frodingham Road
* Thomas Cooper Memorial Baptist Church opened in Lincoln's High Street
* Sleaford Methodist church rebuilt
* Flora Murray, Secretary to the Lincolnshire Community Council, awarded OBE
* Creation of Canwick golf course
* Narrow gauge farm railway laid at North Ings, Dorrington

January 2022