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01. Award of MBE to Jon Sass
01. Award of MBE to Jon Sass
01. Award of MBE to Jon Sass

Jon Sass, longtime member of the Industrial Archaeology Team at SLHA, was awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours, January 2021.

This recognises the immense contribution Jon has made to the understanding and conservation of Lincolnshire's rich heritage of windmills and watermills.

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02. Walk at Bardney (1)
02. Walk at Bardney (1)
02. Walk at Bardney (1)

A small group from the Industrial Archaeology team - meeting for the first time face to face for over 12 months on 19 May - enjoyed a walk in Bardney along the Witham to Bardney Lock.

In the photograph, from the left: Chris Padley, Stephen Betteridge, Ken Redmore and Stewart Squires 

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03. Walk at Bardney (2)
03. Walk at Bardney (2)
03. Walk at Bardney (2)
The walk at Bardney included this excellent view of the Loop Line rail bridge over the Witham.
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04. Geoff Bryant (1935-2021)
04. Geoff Bryant (1935-2021)
04. Geoff Bryant (1935-2021)
Geoff Bryant FSA OBE of Barton upon Humber died on 25 May. He worked as WEA Tutor-Organiser in Barton from 1971 and undertook important archaeological work on pottery kilns. He was an acknowledged authority on the history and architecture of Barton's two outstanding churches and became very knowledgeable about the brick and tile making industry on the Humber Bank.
 
Geoff will be remembered in SLHA circles for his organisation and leadership of archaeology conferences at Horncastle College each February through the 1970s until the event was taken over by SLHA. His name also lives on as the editor of - and contributor to - the widely acclaimed series of local books published by the Barton WEA on the history of the town.
2021, Geoff Bryant
05. Britons & Anglo Saxons - Second Edition
05. Britons & Anglo Saxons - Second Edition
05. Britons & Anglo Saxons - Second Edition

The second edition of Caitlin Breen's book was launched in Summer 2021. It is a revision of the book published in 2012 and breaks new ground.

It offers an interdisciplinary approach to the history of the Lincoln region in the post-Roman period, drawing together a wide range of sources.

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06. Nocton Village Walk (1)
06. Nocton Village Walk (1)
06. Nocton Village Walk (1)

Stewart Squires led a walking tour of Nocton for an SLHA Industrial Archaeology group on 21 June.

The walkers are examining a standpipe formerly used to provide water for irrigation and livestock on the extensive Nocton Estate, now owned by James Dyson.

In the photograph, from the left: Adrian Bailey, Ken Hollamby, Stephen Betteridge, Stewart Squires, Chris Padley.

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07. Nocton Village Walk (2)
07. Nocton Village Walk (2)
07. Nocton Village Walk (2)
Near the village centre is Nocton Hall, once the home of the Earl of Ripon. Despite the high fencing and encroaching vegetation there is much to admire.
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08. Tour of Louth Buildings (1)
08. Tour of Louth Buildings (1)
08. Tour of Louth Buildings (1)

The Building Recording Group (RUBL) arranged a Saturday morning tour of some of Louth's historic town centre buildings on 3 July.

The tour leader, Dr Richard Gurnham, began the event in St James's church.

In the photo, from the right clockwise: Richard Croft, Pearl Wheatley, Caroline Crane, Dave Mellows, Roz Mellows, David Stocker, Jon Sass, Ken Hollamby, Adrian Bailey, Jenne Pape, Richard Gurnham; behind the camera: Ken Redmore

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09. Tour of Louth Buildings (2)
09. Tour of Louth Buildings (2)
09. Tour of Louth Buildings (2)
The tour took in Upgate, Mercer Row, Cornmarket and Little Eastgate before concluding in the grounds of the Vicarage.
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10. Walk along Chesterfield Canal
10. Walk along Chesterfield Canal
10. Walk along Chesterfield Canal

A small group of SLHA industrial archaeologists ventured beyond the county boundary and walked a stretch of the Chesterfield Canal from Gringley on the Hill to West Stockwith on 12 August.

As well as expected canal features (locks and bridges - though no canal traffic) there was evidence of several former brickyards close by. 

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11. Chris Lester
11. Chris Lester
11. Chris Lester
The Society was shocked and saddened by the death of Chris Lester on 14 August following a long period of illness. Chris was a man with a passion for industrial archaeology and involved with our Society in many ways and on several levels for a remarkable 50 years.
2021, Chris Lester
12. Study Tour: Hampshire (1)
12. Study Tour: Hampshire (1)
12. Study Tour: Hampshire (1)
The annual SLHA study tour, led by Ken Hollamby and arranged by TravelWright of Newark, took place over the weekend 2-6 September.
 Accommodation was provided at the University of Winchester.
 
The long coach journey down to Hampshire was broken by a guided tour at the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery in Whitchurch.
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13. Study Tour: Hampshire (2)
13. Study Tour: Hampshire (2)
13. Study Tour: Hampshire (2)
Nearby Southampton was the destination for Saturday morning; Glyn Coppack, retired English Heritage officer, was the guide.
 
A walking tour took in several medieval structures in the lower town - a surprising number – and included an exclusive visit to the restored medieval merchant's house in French Street (English Heritage).  
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14. Study Tour: Hampshire (3)
14. Study Tour: Hampshire (3)
14. Study Tour: Hampshire (3)
After lunch on Saturday a visit was made under Glyn Coppack’s leadership to Netley Abbey, a Cistercian foundation, which has many surviving structures, as well as elements of the Tudor brick mansion created from the abbey after its dissolution.
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15. Study Tour: Hampshire (4)
15. Study Tour: Hampshire (4)
15. Study Tour: Hampshire (4)
Sunday’s programme was devoted to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth. A guided tour of the Mary Rose in the morning was followed by a choice of other fine nautical attractions (HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, harbour tours and several museums).
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16. Study Tour: Hampshire (5)
16. Study Tour: Hampshire (5)
16. Study Tour: Hampshire (5)
The return journey to Lincolnshire on Monday was broken by a visit to Butser Ancient Farm, near Petersfield. In hot sunshine the group were introduced to a range of buildings – Iron Age to Saxon - constructed speculatively from detailed archaeological evidence on sites elsewhere in the region.

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17. West attic at Jews' Court.
17. West attic at Jews' Court.
17. West attic at Jews' Court.
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18. Stamford Industrial History
18. Stamford Industrial History
18. Stamford Industrial History

A new book was published by SLHA on 20 November: 'Stamford's Industrial Past: An Untold Story' written by the late Neville Birch.

Neville spent many years researching the subject and had assembled a formidable amount of material before his death in 2018. Chris Lester took on the role of editing the book but tragically died a couple of months before its publication. 

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19. Presentation of Flora Murray Award, 2021
19. Presentation of Flora Murray Award, 2021
19. Presentation of Flora Murray Award, 2021

The premier award made by SLHA went to the Horncastle History and Heritage Society for their exhibition on Horncastle railway.

At  meeting held in the Sir Joseph Banks Centre, Horncastle, on 25 November, the award was presented to the Chairman of the HHHS. (Covid restrictions had prevented the award being made at the AGM in October.)

In the photo (l to r): Chris Bates (exhibition organiser, HHHS); Ian Marshman (Chairman, HHHS); and Ian George (Chairman, SLHA)

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20. East Lincolnshire Railway
20. East Lincolnshire Railway
20. East Lincolnshire Railway

The East Lincolnshire Railway line north of Firsby closed in October 1970. Members of the Industrial Archaeology team marked the 50th anniversary (a year late because of Covid) by examining surviving features of the line on 26 November.

The occupation crossing gate in the photo is one mile north-west of Authorpe. Chris Padley is beating down vegetation, watched by Stewart Squires and Stephen Betteridge.

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