A week packed full of history

A week packed full of history

The South Ormsby staff have been out and about this week attending the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum and the Doncaster Mansion James Paine Tercentenary Day.

The Lincolnshire Heritage Forum’s Autumn meeting started at The Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa and following an introductory talk, we went to visit Old Bolingbroke Castle, Alford Manor (where we had a lovely lunch provided by Lincolnshire Coop) and Gunby Hall. Liz Bates, from Heritage Lincolnshire, and Alec Gordon, of the National Trust, hosted the event and the talks about exhibitions, the Cathedral, Layers of History, and other Lincolnshire and national initiatives to encourage heritage were interesting and useful to our team. Other organisations, such as Lincolnshire Wolds Services and Museum Development East Midlands, as well as smaller museums and sites of historic interest, were there and it was great to see interested members of the public and volunteers there too. Not a minute was wasted as even journey times between the properties were utilized with speakers on the bus!

Our visit to Old Bolingbroke Castle…

…and at Doncaster Mansion House.

The Friends of Doncaster Mansion have this year pulled out all the stops to celebrate the 300-year anniversary of James Paine’s birth. Paine was responsible for the building to the east part of South Ormsby Hall. He was a very celebrated architect during the 1750s, and had come to South Ormsby following his building of Nostell Priory, and his elaborate, ornate design and construction of the Doncaster Mansion House. Peter Leach who wrote the definitive book about the architect spoke as well as other experts including Dr Frances Sands from the Sir John Soane Museum and Gareth Williams from Weston Park. It has been great to keep our relationship with a fellow Paine property going and we have visited back and forth since meeting with the dynamic team that make up the Friends of Doncaster Mansion.

Our new member of staff, Leanne…

…and her dog, Freddie!

Of course, it won’t be long before Leanne, our new member of staff, will also be getting involved in many of these aspects as the new member of the Events Team. We have been finding out a bit more about her. After moving back to Lincolnshire from 10 years in Sheffield, Leanne is excited to explore Lincolnshire again. Leanne loves being in the great outdoors, walking and running, and exploring new places, especially with her family dog, Freddie.

The architects are also visiting us more regularly now that we are coming closer to the actual building and renovation. This week they had organised for an archaeologist to survey the grounds and he was able to tell us a little more about the evidence for a mediaeval village here on the estate. If this is something that interests you, please let us know if this is something that interests you, become part of a volunteer group and learn more about the period.