Heritage Research Advancing (30 March 2017)

Oral History

After the Christmas break, Ridges & Furrows has been making strides in its heritage research in this rest period between the events in North Hykeham and Waddington. Project historian Dave Reeves has been adding to the two Oral History interviews we got in Welbourn during the training day with Wellingore scouts. He interviewed Gill Lucas who has contributed some great memories of growing up in a farming family in rural Welbourn, her childhood memories being typified by roaming cycle rides and playing games in fields. We have also heard from Landlady of the Joiner’s Arms in Welbourn, Sally Geraghty, who has recited some lyrics she remembers from being sung Plough Monday songs in her childhood by her mother.

In addition to Oral History in Welbourn, this aspect to our heritage research is coming on very well in North Hykeham. With our great volunteer Ray Allen, himself and I are going every week to the Soup Lunch at All Saints Church Hall to interview people. We have had a wide range of people telling some great memories of the town and how it has swelled from small, rural village in the last fifty years.  We have heard memories from retirees and people who have moved in from outside to be nearer family, whose stories are just as important as interviewees who were born in Hykeham. To hear stories from people who have moved to Hykeham is interesting because the stories aren’t blended with a yearning for the town’s rural past; this is very useful to build an accurate picture of Hykeham’s recent history.

During these Soup Lunch recordings, we heard from the Hall’s caretaker Denise Temple, who revealed some beautiful memories of her childhood in the 1960s growing up playing on Delph road, spending all her pocket money at Ash’s sweet shop, and getting into trouble with the local builder Benny Bell. Unfortunately we cannot post interviews on here, but head the to the Ridges & Furrows website (when it is launched) to hear soundbites of many of the interviews we have conducted. I will post a URL when it is.


Archive Visits

During the past weeks, myself and Dave have been to Lincoln Archives to look for primary historical materials relating to Waddington. We found an interesting ‘rebus’ written by a churchwarden in the seventeenth century. It seems to be a word puzzle alluding to his name or character; take a look and see if you can work out how the bottom sentence is created. Also, if you are able to translate the latin into a form of English more accurate than Google can, please tell us through private message to this blog, or contact artsNK! Here is the extract:

  • ’78. A rebus- There is inscribed in the beginning of the old Churchwardens’ Book of Waddington (1632-1805) the following Rebus:-

Qu    an    di    tris    c    vul    stra

os   guis   rus   ti   um   nere   vit-

H    san    mi   Chris  c     mu      la


Quos anguis dirus tristi cum vulnere strauit,

Hos sanguis mirus Christi cum munere lavit.’

In addition to this slightly confusing archive visit, I have been scouring the shelves of the archives, museums and librariesof Lincoln to find old photographs from Welbourn, North Hykeham and Waddington to use to add an extra visual heritage element to the soon-to-be-launched Ridges & Furrows website. I managed to find a good few photos of the North Hykeham post mill from the 1920s. Here area few pictures of the mill that was built in 1753, worked until the late nineteenth century and left to go derelict.