Learning more about heritage on open days in Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings and more

Morgan Ladd, nine, looks over some artefacts
Morgan Ladd, nine, looks over some artefacts
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HISTORICAL tours and open days proved huge successes with many people eager to learn about their area.

Heritage Lincolnshire organised a range of events as part of the Heritage Open Days project, with Stamford, Bourne, Deeping St James and Castle Bytham among the places involved.

Baldock’s Mill in South Street, Bourne displayed a scene from Victorian times.

Visitors could see mannequins dressed up in period clothing in the exhibit, which was held from Thursday to Sunday last week.

Brenda Jones is chairman of the Bourne Civic Society, which runs the museum. She said: “The exhibition went very well, we must have had more than 100 people come.”

The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology led a walk along the Toft Tunnel and Lound Viaduct and a tour of medieval Castle Bytham.

Ray Knight went on the Toft walk. He said: “The walk was excellent and the guide, Stuart Squires, was most interesting.

“The walk lasted two hours and he spoke about the building of tunnel and the bridge.

“He also spoke about the bricks that were used, because they were made of the clay that was excavated from the site.”

History and archaeology society member Ken Hollamby led walks around the medieval castle at Castle Bytham.

He said: “The castle site isn’t normally open to the public. A lot of people said they didn’t even know the castle was there.

“People were extremely pleased to be there.”

Deeping St James parish councillor Judy Stevens took part in a guided walk around the village.

She said: “People were given a very interesting tour around the Priory Church by curate Sonia Marshall.

“They visited the old Cross School, previously the workhouse, and identified businesses which used to occupy what are now residential homes in Eastgate.”

People also enjoyed a guided tour around the Northfields area of Stamford.