to this virtual exhibition organised by volunteers from Horncastle History & Heritage Society. For more information on our Archives, or to become a member visit our website
Explore the Exhibition
Legend has it that on VJ Day in 1945, airmen returning home to RAF Coningsby from celebrations in Horncastle decided to set fire to one of Lincolnshire’s most unusual buildings, known as Teapot Hall. The hall stood in Dalderby by the junction with the lane to Scrivelsby, and with its steep thatched roof, would have … More
Using memories and original newspaper accounts we reveal the story of the biggest party in Horncastle’s history.
Although today you would struggle to find any trace of it, hundreds of soldiers were stationed in and around Horncastle during the war.
In September 1940 Horncastle was the first town in the county to be bombed by the Nazis.
Here we look back on aspects of life in the town during the war years. From air precautions and the blackout to the Home Guard and the threat of invasion. Plus rationing, make do an mend, evacuees and wartime entertainments.
We tend to think of the English countryside as unchanging but the Second World War had a big impact.
Here we have tried to collect information on the lives of the 41 men named on Horncastle’s memorials who died during WW2.
VE Day may have been the end of the war in Europe, but the recovery took many years. Documents from the Society’s Town Archives show how the euphoria of VE Day was followed by an initial period of hopeful anticipation with the opportunity of moving things forward to a better future. Then followed by the … More
Using first-hand accounts we have tried to give an impression of what the young men of Horncastle experienced on battlefields around the globe.
The Society would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped with research or contributed material for the exhibition.
Including: Mary Read, Sadie Hirst, Elsie Tempest, Geoffrey Meanwell, Brian Lovely, Paul Scott, Annie Harrison, David Goodacre, Anne Hawkins, Robert Bell & Co, Lincolnshire County Council (Lincs to the Past), Horncastle Community Primary School, JPI Media (publishers of the Horncastle News), BBC Peoples War, and the Imperial War Museum.
Written contributions by: Chris Bates, Ian French, Colin Gascoyne, Michael Hieatt, Ian Marshman, and Mary Silverton.