Have you been to Hussey Tower?

Recently Eriks Pitkevics uploaded an interesting film about a recent archaeological dig at at this medieval site in Boston. According to Heritage Lincolnshire, the tower was once part of the impressive manorial home of Sir John Hussey, a member of the court of Henry VIII. It was constructed entirely of hand made red brick produced using local clay and was originally part of a large manor house, including a great hall, servants quarters, kitchens, stables and a large gatehouse. The tower was reserved for the high status accommodation of the Lord and his family.

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The Woodhall Spa Trail in winter

Just because it’s March, there’s no excuse for not going out to enjoy our Lincolnshire countryside, and there are some really enjoyable walks not far from Kirkby on Bain. How about walking the Woodhall Spa Trail to Horncastle?

This trail features in the iFootpath Walking Guide online series where you will find a mine of information for each section of this walk. The succinct introduction talks of: “A 7 mile ‘there and back’ walk along the mid section of the old Horncastle-to-Woodhall Junction railway line in Lincolnshire, known as the Spa Trail.

The trail, part of the Viking Way long distance path, passes through a mix of woodland and open countryside. Along the way you will discover impressive sculptures made from wood, stone and metal, all reflecting local wildlife and links with the past.”                      Continue reading

Can you help Sheila Allen (née Roberts)?

On behalf of Sheila Ann Allen, via the Woodhall Spa Memories Facebook group

Hello, I now live in Australia. I was born in Kirkby-On-Bain. My parents are Bernard Roberts (dec) & Rita Roberts. We lived at Jubilee Farm, owned by Herbert & Phyllis Underwood. I started school life in Woodhall & my paternal grandfather Victor (Sam) Roberts contributed to the large ornate gates of the park. I’d love to hear from anyone with any knowledge of my family.

To contact Sheila:

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Cameo Club report: October 2019

KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON CAMEO CLUB MEETING 15/10/2019

We were entertained by Nigel Coe, proprietor of ‘Sweet Treats’ of Horncastle, with his talk ‘The History of Sweets’ taking many of us back to our childhoods when we still had all our teeth!

Nigel explained how he went from a hobby market stall to looking for a premises as his trade developed to full time, then needing to move to a larger shop where he and his wife Judith are now, as she needed more space to make up her gift packs. They began with 150 sorts of sweets to now having over 500 kinds. Nigel started researching the history of sweets and their stories.           Continue reading

Was there a Roman fort in Coningsby?

From Ryan Tomlinson (Woodhall Spa Memories Facebook Group).

Did you know that an RAF base, which was famously home to the Dambusters, was also previously occupied by the Romans?

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Cameo Club report: August 2019

CAMEO CLUB of KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON – 20th August Meeting

Speaker Alwyn Killingsworth, resident of Kirkby on Bain, came to give us a presentation about WW1. He has a special interest in all things to do with this war in particular with any connection to the local area such as the tank being developed in Lincoln.

Sir Richard Haldane, Secretary of State for War 1905 – 1912

He decided to focus on the general hospitals developed during the war in particular those locally. He began with mentioning Sir Richard Haldane who was secretary of state dealing with the fiasco which was the Boer War. He introduced new equipment and began the Territorial Army. He set up the formation of General Forces Hospitals to supplement existing hospitals which became so necessary during WW1. These hospitals were staffed by unpaid members of the TA. Continue reading

Do you remember Mr and Mrs Burkhill?

From Alan Dickens:

I’m trying to trace where my auntie and uncle, Audrey and Cyril Burkhill who lived in the village. Cyril was an organist and may have played for St Mary’s. I’m afraid I’m going back to the 50’s here! Reason for asking is that friends from Essex, where I now live have moved to the village and I’d love to see the Burkhills old house. Thank you

If you can help Alan, please let me know here