Former jail focus of trust’s landmark golden moment


A former prison in a village near Sleaford is to be the focus of a 50-year anniversary celebration.

On May 16 and 17, the Landmark Trust will open 25 of its historic buildings for free from 10am to 4pm across Britain, including the former House of Correction on Billingborough Road in Folkingham.

The grand entrance to the House of Correction is all that remains of a 19th century prison for minor offenders, designed by Lincolnshire architect Bryan Browning. The entrance looks out over the earthworks and former moat of a lost medieval castle. Owners, the Landmark Trust celebrate 50 years in existence with a golden weekend.

At 3pm on May 16 there will be a ‘golden moment’ at all 25 landmarks involved when community music groups will simultaneously perform a specially composed Anthem for Landmark. Supported by the BBC, SoundLincs, the county’s community music promotion organisation, will be at the House of Correction all day working with visitors to create a unique version of the anthem and people are invited to go along and be part of it.

You can bring an instrument or just your voice, along with a picnic to join in the fun. Refreshments will be served in the village hall.

For more details about the event check www.landmark or call 01628 825925