Anne Rawson remembers Kirkby on Bain

From Anne Rawson, who used to live here:

I have some memories of Kirkby, but it was the April of my sixth birthday when we left so some memories have faded. Others come back with a little prompting.

I was born at No 1 The Elms, which doesn’t appear to have changed much to this day. I did indeed attend the school. Mrs Spears the headmistress said that I might as well attend school earlier than expected because I used to go to class with my older brother anyway. There were two classrooms, my brother, being three years older, was in the larger room and and I was in the other. Unfortunately I cannot remember the teacher’s name. Continue reading

Petwood Gardens: A William Goldring Garden?

Image courtesy E & N Duke-CoxNicholas Duke-Cox has undertaken extensive research over the past three years in preparation for a publication on the definitive history of the gardens at Petwood House, now the Petwood Hotel.

 

In a recent article written for The Kew Guild, Nicholas calls for primary evidence of landscape architect and naturalist William Goldring’s involvement at Petwood House, originally built for the furniture heiress, Grace Maple, then Baroness Eckhardstein, between 1905 and 1906.

Nicholas explains: “The fame of the gardens arose later c.1912 with the alterations and expansion to the original design, by Harold Peto. The literature knew of a first garden but not of its appearance. Thanks to the commissions of the Baroness to local professional photographer, John Wield, we have photographic evidence of the construction and maturation of that garden from 1906 to 1909.These images are unique. No one else ever had access to these gardens.” Continue reading

Thanks Edward, you have put us on the map!

The bar at the Ebrington Arms was packed at lunchtime today as local historian Edward Mayor launched his fascinating historical map of Kirkby on Bain. Copies were selling fast at a fiver each and Edward was thrilled at the response to his latest initiative.

 

If you missed the launch or you want more maps, A3 size copies are now available at The Ebrington Arms. Continue reading

Find local history on your doorstep

Heritage Lincolnshire are offering a free short course in Louth to help you learn how you can find out more about the history and archaeology that survives on your doorstep.

Ian Marshman will tell all from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Monday 23 May at the The Conoco Rooms above Louth Library, Northgate, Louth, LN11 0LY.

This short course is designed for anyone with an interest in history, archaeology or the towns and villages of Lincolnshire. Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards: January 2016

Even though it’s the low season just now and we all need a good reason for venturing out, my more-or-less monthly notice board trawl has yielded some interesting results:

 

 

Organist Paul Carman is the featured entertainer at Music For Woodhall on January 19th at 7.30 pm, in St Peter’s Church Hall. Tickets are available from Philip Groves, 01526 353225, and they are priced at £5 for members, £7 for non-members. More information from the Horncastle News. Here’s an example of Paul’s laid-back jazz style:

Photo courtesy United Methodist Church, ConingsbyThe Woodhall, Coningsby, Tattershall and District History Society are keen to attract new members and the best way to try it out is to turn up at their next meeting on January 13th, at 7.30 pm. Continue reading

Our new school hall – open for learning

If you have been down Wharf Lane any time over the last few months you must have noticed the building works at Kirkby on Bain Primary School. Neighbours have watched with interest the progress of this welcome addition to the school ever since we were invited in one day in the summer for tea, cakes and a presentation by pupils, and the chance to chat about the project with Head Teacher Simon Morley. We saw the plans, heard about the advantages the hall would bring and offered suggestions. And now it’s here! Continue reading