The Horncastle History & Heritage Society




Meetings of the Society have now resumed. Please consult out meeting dates for this year's programme.

The Society's Archives, now within the Joseph Banks Centre, Horncastle, are also open for research and viewing.



1)World famous artist - Thomas Sully

2)The fossil of an Ichthyosaur ‘Sea Dragon’ has recently been discovered at Rutland Water. The museum has been offered a smaller one, found near Horncastle for display.


Exhibition - The Horncastle Railway

Following the success of our Virtual VE Day Exhibition, and with the Archives still closed because of the pandemic we launched a brand new virtual exhibition.

Its focus is the story of the Horncastle Railway as part of our plans to mark the 50th anniversary of its closure on the 5th April 1971.

Following the easing of restrictions we organised a physical exhibition at the Joseph Banks Centre running from 29th July until 4th September 2021. You can still visit the virtual exhibition as below:

Visit the virtual exhibition here

Virtual Exhibition of Horncastle in Wartime

Horncastle in WartimeWhen the town’s VE Day anniversary celebrations had to be cancelled in May 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, we knew we couldn’t let the day go by unmarked. So our volunteers decided to collect memories, objects, and photos from the community about the town in wartime and on VE Day itself.

The virtual exhibition shares stories of how Horncastle celebrated VE Day, memories of soldiers stationed here, the air raids on the town, the home front, war in the countryside, and the long road to postwar recovery.

Thanks to memoirs donated by their families, we have also been able to uncover fascinating first hand accounts of some of Horncastle's soldiers during the conflict.

You will also find a virtual roll of honour where we are collecting information on the lives of the men named on the town's war memorial. If you have photos or further information you'd like to share, please get in touch.




A Blue Plaque for Thomas Sully

Despite the pandemic much of the Society's work has continued, including erecting a new plaque in honour of the Horncastle-born artist Thomas Sully. You can find this in Dog Kennel Yard on the brick wall facing the Co-op Food Store.

follow this link to find out more, pick up a leaflet from the Co-op, or visit our Town Archives at the Joseph Banks Centre for full details of his life and artistic output. 

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 every  month at the Community Centre, Manor Hosue Street, Horncastle

A speaker is generally invited to most meetings, 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.

Next Meeting 

No meeting until September

The Community Centre, Manor House Street, Horncastle.  Meeting to start at  7.45pm.


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 horse fair on its social evolution. We invite you to share it all with us.


Preserving Our History  

The Society's maintains a large and growing Town Archive  full of information about the town. It has a large photograph, books, map, manuscript & DVD collection. This is now held at the Joseph Banks Centre on Bridge Street with some of our material on display in the local heritage section in the museum area.

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.