Personal Memories
These memories have been collected by our Members from older residents in the town and often provide detail that cannot be found on the pages of books.
Historical Documents Inventory

The Society's collection of maps, articles, books, tapes and photographs, etc., now available in our Archive centre at Watsons Infant School, West Street, Horncastle.

In addition, we are delighted to have received a donation of many historical documents relating to the town from the renowned local historian David Robinson OBE. Listing will appear when they have been catelogued.

A donation from Horncastle Town Council has enabled us to have several of our books rebound.

The Archive Room is open each Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.30pm or by appointment on 01507 622749

Future for Watson's Yard Project - A Heritage Centre for Horncastle?

The Society is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop plans for a new heritage centre in Horncastle. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project hopes to secure the future of the Society's archive and the old school in Watson's Yard where it is currently based.


The Georgian building in a picturesque courtyard off West Street was built as the town's first infant school. Since the 1960s it has been the club house of the Horncastle & District Photographic Society, which folded earlier this year, putting the future of both the historic building and our archive at risk. The Archives contains thousands of old photos and unique historic records, as well as maps, oral histories, and a collection of ancient Roman artefacts, all donated by local people.


The funding will allow our volunteers to access the expert advice they need to carry out a feasibility study on converting the building into a community arts and heritage centre. To do this the Society will be working in partnership with local charity Heritage Lincolnshire, who have successfully restored old buildings across the county, including what are now the Trinity Centre, Bridge Cafe and Joseph Banks Centre here in Horncastle.


The project will also enable us to work with Horncastle-based architect Philip Hawkins to complete a condition survey of the old school, and to draw up plans for how its new use could look. Volunteers will also receive training from a specialist on how the Society's archive can be better stored and displayed as part of the plans.


The Society' Chairman Ian Marshman said: "We are delighted to receive this grant made possible by National Lottery players, which will enable us to work with experts and the community to shape plans for a new arts & heritage centre for Horncastle. We want to create a community facility that will share the town's rich history with visitors, and that benefits local people with a flexible space for talks, workshops and temporary exhibitions. 

We want your views to help shape plans for the heritage centre. There's a short survey here where you can share your ideas: 

For more information or to share your suggestions contact


Watson's Yard Plans Revealed at Open Day

We'll be revealing our arts & heritage centre plans on Saturday 15th February with a special open day from 10am-2pm. Please come along and tell us what you think!

There will be refreshments, archive displays, and information on the history of the building which started life in the 1780s as Horncastle's first infant school.

There will also be a drop-in print making art activity led by local artist Joanna Pass from Horncastle Art Group, plus a chance to try out some of the latest digital heritage technology with volunteers from Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding.


Recent Archive Donations

The Society is most grateful for the continuing donations to our now extensive collections of documents and photographs etc., relating to the town.

'A History of Horncastle' by Conway Walter - Susan Dymoke.

HR Tweed Scrapbook.

DVD, Building of Jubilee Way, Demolition of Supermarket - Brian Lovely.

Collection of negatives of photographs taken for the Horncastle News - Colin Smedley (OscarPics).

"Horncastle in the 1890's" compiled by Caroline & Anne Fawcett. Focus is particularly on health & medical matters. - Anne Fawcett.

Register of claims for Fees for registration of Births Marriages and Deaths in Horncastle area for 1932-1942 - Chattertons Solicitors.

Justices Clerk's Fees Book 1887-1891 - Chattertons Solicitors.

Horncastle Petty Sessions Registars 1880-1881, & 1905-1941.

Banolvallum Motorcycle Club 60th Anniversary DVD - Brian Lovely.

'A New Creation', building of the new Methodist Church 1960/65 - Brian Lovely.

Horncastle Railways Record book, recording all journies 1908-1914 - Bill Emerson via Carol Hodgson

A Collection of books - some very good history books - Bob Pendell

Original Gallery Muscians music dating from about 1800. - Robin Wilson