Events and Talks

LOCAL HISTORY TALKS PROGRAMME 2021

Our programme of talks for 2021 has now been completed.

The programme for 2022 will be published early next year.   

All talks are presented in St Denys’ Church Rooms, off the Market Place in Sleaford.  

Each talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts approximately an hour.  Refreshments are available and there is a raffle.

£3 for non-members and £1 for members.

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Completed talks:

Tuesday 27th July 2021

Bass Maltings; From Construction to Dereliction,  presented by Nigel Ogden, Lead Researcher.

The Bass Maltings in Sleaford are a large group of eight disused malt houses originally owned by the Bass Brewery of Burton upon Trent.  Constructed between 1901 and 1907, the Maltings are the largest group of malt houses in England;  they have been designated Grade II* on the National Heritage List of England recognising them as “particularly important … of more than special interest.”

        

Tuesday 28th Sept 2021

Sleaford – Bourne; the Railway Line the GNR didn’t want to build,  presented by Jonathan Smith, Treasurer of SMT.

The Sleaford to Bourne Branch of the Great Northern Railway nearly never happened…..! Planned by the Company as part of an attempt to block another railway’s scheme to intrude into what it saw as its own territory, the GN struck a deal with its rival and tried to abandon their proposals.  Fortunately for the locals of Aswarby, Scredington, Horbling, Rippingale and Morton, Parliament stopped them doing so.  The line was opened in January 1872, carried passengers for 58 years and finally closed to all traffic in 1965.  Jonathan told the whole fascinating story of this local railway line and its associated towns and villages at this talk – it proved to be of great local interest to all.