The Horncastle History & Heritage Society


The archives, which tell Horncastle's story from Roman times to today urgently need a new home.

We have to leave our Archive Centre in the Sir Joseph Banks Centre in Bridge Street, Horncastle, by the summer.  

We would like to hear from organisations or businesses with suitable space for the conservation and display of our priceless collection of maps, photographs, film, documents and books telling Horncastle's story.

We need to continue to let people consult these records and to preserve them securely for future generations.

 If you have somewhere suitable, or know someone who may have, please contact us.  E'mail or phone 01507 523091 

Society's New Publication

'Horncastle's Great War'

by Colin Gascoyne & Mary Silverton

Horncastle's Great War
Horncastle's Great War, by Colin Gascoyne and Mary Silverton

by Colin Gascoyne
& Mary Silverton

In 2014 the Society, together with other groups from the town, held an exhibition to mark the beginning of the Great War. This involved a great deal of research into the lives of the men who were remembered on the memorials to the dead in the town and also the effect the war had on Horncastle. It was felt that this research should be used to write the above book as a permanent memorial to the men who died and the people of the town who lived through that period of history.

The book tells their stories and, we think, enhances the names on the memorials. It gives an insight into their personalities and their thoughts, and the kind of people they were. It also tells how the people of the town coped with losing so many of their young men, how they coped with food shortages and their generosity in helping the soldiers recovering at the hospital.

Copies priced at £16.50 will be on sale from the end of September 2016. They can be obtained from Perkins Newsagents and other local bookstores.

To order and pay by cheque please follow the link below and complete the order form, and send with a cheque to the address shown on the order form:

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Masons support for Society

Olive Union Lodge Sponsors Great War Book

Horncastle Freemasons of Olive Union Lodge are pleased to have supported the publication of the town's History & Heritage Society's new book "Horncastle's Great War".

Master of the lodge Martin Goodwin presented Chairman and co-author Mary Silverton with a cheque for £500.00 and commented that one of their members, William Collinson Isle died in 1915 of wounds inflicted and was featured in the book. Mary thanked the lodge members for their generosity and support. Co-author, Colin Gascoyne then presented Martin with a signed copy for the lodge archives.

Presentation of cheque from the Freemasons
Colin presenting book



Book Presented to Queens Elizabeth Grammar School

 A copy of the book was presented to the Head Girl and Head Boy on the 9th December.  It is hoped that it will provide a good point of reference for future studies of the War and in particular the soldiers from Horncastle who died in the war.  It is thought that it will be particularly useful in helping to locate graves and names on memorials when the school visits the battlefields of France & Belgium.

The Horncastle History & Heritage Society
Founded in 1966 as the Horncastle Civic Society - an independent and non-political body dedicated to safeguarding and preserving the rich heritage of our ancient market town. We act as a leading voice in the development and growth of the Town.
The Society endeavours to highlight the heritage of the Town whilst promoting places of interest and activities in Horncastle to generate local pride and community spirit allied with an expanding tourist trade.

Society Meetings

Meetings are held approx. every six weeks at the Admiral Rodney Hotel on North Street.

A speaker is generally invited to every other meeting, whilst the ordinary meetings give Members an opportunity to contribute to the business of the Society.

Non-members are very welcome to attend to see if this is the kind of group they wish to get involved with.

See 'About Us' for details of next meeting 

Lincolnshire Voices of the Great War Exhibition                 Sunday 30th April 10-4 Stanhope Hall                           

Working for the town

Protecting and Enhancing

Working with the Town and District Councils on planning and conservation issues, to protect Horncastle's historic environment but also trying to make it an even more pleasant and interesting place to live and work.

Informing and Learning

We love to discover more about our town. Its history going back to Roman times and before and the influences of the railways and canals on its prosperity and the effect of the huge horsefairs on its social evolvement. We invite you to share it all with us.

Preserving our history 


TheSociety's archive centre at the Sir Jospeph Banks Centre contains lots of information about the town.  It has a large photograph collection.

Horncastle History on DVD available again

The DVD 'Horncastle Yesterday and Today' first produced in 2006 as a follow up to the 'Now & Then' book is again on sale at Perkins Newsagents and the Sir Joseph Banks' Centre for £9.99.
A must for anyone interested in the town's history.