Open doors to area’s heritage

Sleaford Hospital is one of the site's taking part in Heritage Open Days.
Sleaford Hospital is one of the site's taking part in Heritage Open Days.

Discover Lincolnshire’s rich history across three days of free events in the county, including a number in the Sleaford-area this week.

Heritage Open Days returns tomorrow (Thursday) and runs through until Sunday.

The event is co-ordinated by Heritage Lincolnshire.

The Heckington-based charity is encouraging people to plan for the festival by picking up a free brochure from Tourist Information Centres, libraries, heritage sites or by visiting its website.

Events in the Sleaford-area include:

l Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Heath Farm, North Rauceby: ‘From Balloons to Jets’, discover the history of RAF Cranwell. Sunday only, 10.30am–3.30pm.

l Heckington Windmill, in Hale Road: open to visitors and - weather permitting - there will be milling. Tours available. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm.

l St Peter and St Paul Church, in High Street, Osbournby: Talk covering the production of the church’s unique altar panels. Saturday and Sunday, 2.30pm.

l St Denis’ Parish Church, Church Lane, Silk Willougby: Our Tudor Heritage, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2–4.30pm. Exhibition relating to Tudor times.

l Navigation House, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford: Visit this original Canal Company Office built in 1838, thought to be the only one of its kind left in existence, and discover the early development of the River Slea and its importance to Sleaford, Sunday only, 11am–4pm

l Cogglesford Watermill, East Road, Sleaford: Explore this historic working watermill and see the waterwheel rumble into action as it creates its own wholemeal flour, Sunday only, 11am–4pm.

l St Denys’ Church, Market Place, Sleaford: Sleaford History Group Presents The ‘Sleaford Revolution’ of the Mid-16th Century - A Period of Major Change, Saturday only, 10am (talk lasts about 90 minutes).

l Meet at Lafford Terrace Car Park, North Kesteven District Council offices, Eastgate, Sleaford: Sleaford History Group Presents The Victorian Idea of Tudor Building Design - A Sleaford Walk, Sunday only, 10am (Walk lasts about 90 minutes). Join Mike Turland to view examples of the Tudor interpretations.

l Sleaford Hospital, at the junction of Carre Street and East Road, Sleaford: Sleaford History Group Presents Sleaford Hospital (Almshouses) Chapel - A Victorian Idea of ‘Tudor’, Sunday only, 2-4pm. A rare chance to admire the hospital founded by Sir Robert Carre in 1636. A talk outlining the history at 3pm lasts about half an hour.

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