Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days: September 7 -10, 2017


Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Since 1994 Heritage Lincolnshire has coordinated Heritage Open Days within the historic county.  This year’s festival will be one of the biggest yet, with over 140 free events. The theme is Freedom, Justice & Equality to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, a copy of which is held alongside Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle.

The festival brochure was launched at the Lincolnshire Show on 21st June. It is also available from libraries, tourist information centres and heritage sites across the county and from our offices in Heckington. You can also download a printable copy here.

Local Highlights:

Woodhall Spa: The Cottage Museum, Iddesleigh Road, Woodhall Spa. LN10 6SH. “Why Woodhall Spa?” Sunday 10.30-16.00. Visit the Cottage Museum to discover the answer and experience much more. Enjoy interactive displays and exhibits including the story of Jubilee Park. You are assured of a warm welcome.

Horncastle Police Station, The Wong, Horncastle. LN9 6BE:  Horncastle’s Horrid History! Sunday 10.00-16.00 Booking Essential Contact: 01507 525859 Christine Chapman (Police cell tour only) Discover lurid lawlessness at town’s famous Horsefair and how harshly criminals were treated. Guided tours (booking essential) of Victorian Police cells, not usually open. Displays about criminals in Chattertons Solicitors Offices, South Street.

Sir Joseph Banks Centre, 9-13, Bridge Street, Horncastle. LN9 5HZ

Pros and Cons in Horncastle:  Friday 14.00-15.00. Booking Essential Contact: 01507 526065 Paul Scott. Tour the 19th century brothels in Horncastle; meet the workers, the constables who tracked them down and the courts where they were regularly before the magistrates. Horncastle Police records of the past.

Origin of the Long Drop Saturday 10.00-16.00 Visit an exhibition on the national hangman, William Marwood of Horncastle. William sympathised with the criminals who were sentenced to death by hanging, until they expired. He invented the system of hanging where the victim died instantly, saving unnecessary suffering.

Gunby Estate, Hall & Gardens Heritage Open Day Sunday 11.00-17.00. Free entry for all Explore eight acre gardens, three floors of the house and 1500 acres of grounds. Finish your visit with a cuppa and a treat in the tea-room. Picnics and dogs on leads welcome in the gardens. Details.

The Green, Revesby. PE22 7NA: Layers of History at Revesby Estate Sunday 10.30-12.30. Booking Essential Contact: 01529 461499. Layers of History Team
Join Heritage Lincolnshire for a rare opportunity to walk around the privately owned site of
Revesby’s Cistercian Abbey. Using aerial photos for navigation, discover the Abbey’s
Layers of History.


Visit Pow Cottage, 27, High Street, Tattershall. LN4 4NP: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12.00-17.00. Traditional 15th century mud and stud cottage serving homemade cream teas. Attractive relaxing garden. Tours of the cottage 13.00 & 15.00. Tours of the garden 14.00 & 16.00, or wander around both at will.

Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, Sleaford Road, Tattershall. LN4 4LR. “Grave” of Tom Thumb Saturday and Sunday 09.30-16.30. Superb example of English Perpendicular
architecture and one of the largest Parish churches in the country. Medieval glass in east
window, many brasses. “Grave” of Tom Thumb can be seen in the nave. History of the Church talk at 14.00 both days. Wedding Fair in a beautiful Medieval Church.

Timberland Diesel Pumping Station, Witham Bank, Tattershall.
LN4 4JP. On the bank of the River Witham between Kirkstead Bridge and Tattershall Bridge. Grid Ref TF188583. Saturday 13.00-16.30. Working demonstration of Ruston Hornsby 9XHRC engine and Ruston Bucyrus 10RB Dragline. Plus other static displays and demonstrations.

Tattershall Castle (National Trust), Sleaford Road, Tattershall. LN4 4LR (O/S Ref: TF211575.) On the A153 Sleaford and Horncastle road. Sunday 11.00-16.00. Discover one of the first and finest medieval brick castles in England. Take the winding staircase, wander through vast echoing chambers and walk out onto the battlements revealing the beauty of the Lincolnshire countryside. Details.

Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Tattershall Thorpe. LN4 4PL. B1192 Coningsby to
Woodhall Spa road. ‘Lincolnshire Voices of the Great War’  Saturday and Sunday 13.00-17.00. We continue our series of events commemorating the centenary of the Great War with a special exhibition ‘Lincolnshire Voices of the Great War’, a series of displays illustrating Lincolnshire life, both civilian and military. Last entry 16.00

Dogdyke Steam Drainage Station, Tattershall. LN4 4JG. Entrance via Bridge Farm off the A153 east of Tattershall Bridge. Draining The Land: Saturday 13.30-16.30. Our 1856 beam engine will be in steam powering the scoop-wheel land drainage pump. It’s the last in the UK. Also see the 1940 Ruston and Gwynnes diesel pumping set in action.


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