It’s more than West Deeping Heritage Group’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 16th May 2018. After the briefest of meetings, starting at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, there will be an opportunity to have a “Delve into the village archives.”
There’s no charge, the weather forecast for Wednesday is dull and cool and we have many interesting things to show you – so do join us!
We have picked out just some of the archives in our collection for you to look at:
– our oldest original documents – including some found by John Watts, a lodger for a short time in the room above the garage of West Deeping Rectory in 1955 when he was lodging there. 60 years later Mr Watts’ daughters Sandra Edwards and Linda Reed of Coventry contacted West Deeping Heritage Group and made the trip to the village to return the package. The oldest is a church warden’s bill from 1758 – for “4 times washen the linin” he was owed 10 shillings!
– the file of information about village buildings – including all our listed buildings and research on the Figg family and the Moleceys.
– archives for the village school – from when it was first endowed by Miss Molecey in 1845 and opened in the stone cottages on King Street near the Red Lion. When the new West Deeping Church of England school opened in 1900, the original building became the Reading Room and later was converted into a family home. Most of the school records are at Lincolnshire Archives but we have copies which have been transcribed. The log book was kept right up to the school’s closure in 1972.
– the Archaeology archive, including aerial photographs, maps and photographs of excavations at Rectory Farm starting in the 1990s and copies of talks given to West Deeping Heritage Group by the archaeologists.
and last but by no means least:
– the “Boaty Archive” – many of the information resources we collected for the Heritage Lottery-funded project on the Stamford Canal.
If there are other aspects of West Deeping’s history in which you are interested or if you have information to share, please get in touch by commenting on this post.