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SLHA - Events in 2017
 
01. Ray Carroll (1930-2017)
01. Ray Carroll (1930-2017)
01. Ray Carroll (1930-2017)
The death of Ray on 29 January was a sad loss to the Society. He had been Reviews Editor for 20 years and an active SLHA member since coming to Lincolnshire as County Librarian in 1980.
2017, Ray Carroll
02. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (1)
02. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (1)
02. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (1)
Pearl Wheatley, former SLHA chairman, celebrated her 90th birthday on 28 February.
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03. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (2)
03. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (2)
03. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (2)
SLHA members joined Pearl for an informal coffee morning at Jews' Court when a special cake was cut.
2017, Pearl
04. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (3)
04. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (3)
04. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (3)
Rod Ambler, SLHA President, presents Pearl with a gift from members - a flight on a light aircraft from Wickenby airfield over the Lincolnshire Wolds and coast.
2017, Pearl
05. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (4)
05. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (4)
05. Pearl Wheatley's 90th Birthday (4)
On Sunday 9 April Pearl took her flight from Wickenby across to the Horncastle area and then north along the coast, taking in the Humber Bridge.
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06. Till Bridge Pumping Station
06. Till Bridge Pumping Station
06. Till Bridge Pumping Station

At the invitation of the landowner a small group from the industrial archaeology team visited the site of a former steam powered drainage pump close to the River Till on the edge of Scampton parish.

Chris Padley is here standing in the scoop wheel chamber as we consider the type of mid-19th century steam engine likely to have provided power in this remote spot.

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07. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (1)
07. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (1)
07. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (1)
A day conference on Grantham's vernacular buildings was held on 11 March. It was arranged by the Society's Building Recording group and held in the early 16th century Grammar School building of the King's School.
2017, Grantham
08. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (2)
08. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (2)
08. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (2)
The morning session of the conference was taken up with a tour of the central area of Grantham. This building in The Antelope, an important survivor of the 16th century, explained to delegates by Prof David Stocker.
2017, Grantham
09 Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (3)
09 Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (3)
09 Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (3)
The well known Angel Inn was also visited by groups on the morning tours. Here, Prof Philip Dixon was the expert guide.
2017, Grantham
10. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (4)
10. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (4)
10. Vernacular Building Conference, Grantham (4)
Members of the Grantham Civic Trust helped organise the day. Dr John Manterfield, seen here pointing out key features of the conduit in Grantham's Market Place, took the lead and also spoke at the afternoon session in the school.
2017, Grantham
11. Walkabout at Spalding (1)
11. Walkabout at Spalding (1)
11. Walkabout at Spalding (1)

On Saturday 22 April Neil Wright led a 2-hour walking tour around the central area of Spalding.

We pondered the Abbey Buildings with their uncertain association with Spalding's medieval priory.

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12. Walkabout at Spalding (2)
12. Walkabout at Spalding (2)
12. Walkabout at Spalding (2)
Neil's tour of Spalding inevitably took in industrial features of the town, including the once busy railway station on the western flank of the town centre.
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13. Walkabout at Spalding (3)
13. Walkabout at Spalding (3)
13. Walkabout at Spalding (3)
A significant part of the morning's tour was a visit to the Chain Bridge Forge and an introductory talk there by Geoff Taylor.
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14. Spark Festival, Lincoln
14. Spark Festival, Lincoln
14. Spark Festival, Lincoln

The biennial Spark Festival, which promotes engineering, was held in Lincoln Cathedral over the first weekend in May.

SLHA sold books and met friends at their stall in the south transept (Ken Redmore and Stephen Betteridge here in attendance before the crowds arrived).

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15. Visit to Walsingham (1)
15. Visit to Walsingham (1)
15. Visit to Walsingham (1)

Eleven members of the Society's Building Recording Group met members of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Group in Walsingham on Saturday 20 May.

This town has been the subject of a special study by the Norfollk group. 

The Lincolnshire group are seen here on Common Place.

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16. Visit to Walsingham (2)
16. Visit to Walsingham (2)
16. Visit to Walsingham (2)
One of the highlights of the visit to Walsingham was the visit to Friday Cottage in Friday Market.
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17. Wolds Walking Festival (1)
17. Wolds Walking Festival (1)
17. Wolds Walking Festival (1)

Stewart Squires of SLHA led a walk around the former Claxby ironstone mine workings on Saturday 20 May.

This was one of the events launching the 2017 Wolds Walking Festival.

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18. Wolds Walking Festival (2)
18. Wolds Walking Festival (2)
18. Wolds Walking Festival (2)
Stewart pointed out the earthworks marking the former tramways, tipping docks and other features associated with the Claxby mine.
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19. Wolds Walking Festival (3)
19. Wolds Walking Festival (3)
19. Wolds Walking Festival (3)

SLHA mounted a small bookstall and information point in the Viking Centre at Claxby.

Here Stewart Squires is making a point to Sir Edward Leigh, the local MP.

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21. Isle of Axholme Industrial Heritage Visit (1)
21. Isle of Axholme Industrial Heritage Visit (1)
21. Isle of Axholme Industrial Heritage Visit (1)
Chris Lester led an excellent day trip to industrial heritage sites in the Ise of Axholme. Visits were made to Dirtness Pumping Station (a rare opportunity to view the interior) and Owston Ferry Pumping Station (John Dawson seen here describing the operation of the pumps).
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22. Isle of Axholme Industrial Heritage Visit (2)
22. Isle of Axholme Industrial Heritage Visit (2)
22. Isle of Axholme Industrial Heritage Visit (2)
The tour of the Isle concluded at West Stockwith. The Chesterfield Canal joins the Trent at this point.
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23. Brick Identification in Hainton (1)
23. Brick Identification in Hainton (1)
23. Brick Identification in Hainton (1)
Stewart Squires spent a day with the Building Recording Group helping date bricks in the 'Nunnery' at Sixhills (subject of detailed study by the group).
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24. Brick Identification in Hainton (2)
24. Brick Identification in Hainton (2)
24. Brick Identification in Hainton (2)
Following the morning's work at Sixhills, Stewart led a walk around Hainton to examine, date and classify brick buildings in Hainton, the adjoining village.
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25. Presentation of Poster to Lincoln UTC
25. Presentation of Poster to Lincoln UTC
25. Presentation of Poster to Lincoln UTC

A composite poster edited and prepared by the SLHA Industrial Archaeology team under the leadership of Eric Newton was presented to the new University Technical College in May.

Photograph: Eric Newton (left) and Chris Lester (right)

 

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26. Brackenbury Lecture 2017
26. Brackenbury Lecture 2017
26. Brackenbury Lecture 2017

The annual Brackenbury Lecture, arranged by SLHA, was given by Catherine Wilson on the subject of Sir John Franklin, man of Spilsby. The chapel at Raithby was fit for use except for the absence of suitable blackout, so the meeting was held at Spilsby Methodist Church.

Photograph: Mark Acton (Chairman, SLHA Local History team) and Catherine Wilson

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27. Study Tour to Cornwall (1)
27. Study Tour to Cornwall (1)
27. Study Tour to Cornwall (1)

The 2017 SLHA study tour was in Cornwall, based at the Penryn campus of the University of Exeter in early July.

The first full day was spent on a tour of archaeogical sites in West Penwith under the expert leadership of Pete Herring. Here the group is approaching Gurnard's Head on the north coast 8 miles west of St Ives.

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28. Study Tour to Cornwall (2)
28. Study Tour to Cornwall (2)
28. Study Tour to Cornwall (2)
The tour of archaeological sites in West Penwith included one of several stone circles in the county. This one was Boscawen-Un.
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29. Study Tour to Cornwall (3)
29. Study Tour to Cornwall (3)
29. Study Tour to Cornwall (3)
Chysauster, the Romano-British village in the care of English Heritage, was the third site visited on a full day of archaeology.
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30. Study Tour to Cornwall (4)
30. Study Tour to Cornwall (4)
30. Study Tour to Cornwall (4)
One day was devoted to Cornwall's tin mining heritage. Members of the party are here seen at the Geevor Mine where they had a conducted tour of the extensive surface workings and a short underground visit.
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31. Study Tour to Cornwall (5)
31. Study Tour to Cornwall (5)
31. Study Tour to Cornwall (5)
The excellent local guide (Adam Sharpe) completed his day's tour of Cornwall's tin mines on the extreme west coast with a visit to Botallack Mine, under the care of The National Trust.
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32. New Book on Medieval Boston
32. New Book on Medieval Boston
32. New Book on Medieval Boston
SLHA published Stephen Rigby's book 'Boston 1086-1225: A Medieval Boom Town' in July. Prof Rigby talked on this theme and sold copies of his book at a meeting of the Boston Preservation Trust at Fydell House, Boston on 15 July.
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33. David Robinson (1927-2017)
33. David Robinson (1927-2017)
33. David Robinson (1927-2017)

Former SLHA President, David Robinson died on 25 July, a loss that will be sorely felt by communities and organisations across the county.

David was a prolific author, experienced editor and accomplished speaker and tutor. He played a significant role in the leadership and development of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Louth Museum and The Sir Joseph Banks Society, and was a prominent layman in the Methodist Church.

2017, David Robinson
34. Brick Collection Record
34. Brick Collection Record
34. Brick Collection Record

Members of the SLHA Industrial Archaeology team spent 4 days making a record of the late David Robinson's brick collection. This included unique examples from Lincolnshire brickmakers as well as bricks from historic buildings demolished over the past 50 years.

Photo (l to r): Ken Redmore, Chris Page, Chris Lester, Jon Sass, Stewart Squires

2017, David Robinson brick collection