Retford and District Historical and Archaeological Society

by | 29 August 2018 | Heritage, Hobbies

On Sunday 1st July, the Society ended their 2017 – 2018 lecture season, with a day trip to Horncastle and Tattershall Castle Lincolnshire. We couldn’t have chosen a better day weather wise. The two guides Paul Scott and Bob Wayne who took us round Horncastle proved to be the most interesting, informative, and entertaining guides you could wish for.

The Romans built a fort on the river Bain, which at some point was named Banovallum of which some of the wall can still be seen today. In the 13th century, Horncastle was granted a Market Charter and became an important place for horse trading with an annual fair that only died out in 1948, so popular was this fair that a saying arose, ‘Horncastle for Horses’. After lunch we departed Horncastle for Tattershall Castle a red brick 15th century moated castle which is set in beautiful grounds next door to the castle is Colllegiate Holy Trinity Church built by Ralph Cromwell. The current Lord of the Manor of Tattershall is Julian Fellows, actor and screenwriter. As we were walking back to the coach we had the added bonus of seeing a Hurricane, Spitfire, and a Lancaster bomber flying overhead. We ended the day with an excellent WI tea in Wragby before setting back to Retford.

To start our 2018 – 2019 Lecture Season, we welcome Dr Judith Mills on Wednesday 12th September 7.30pm at Chapelgate Hall behind Grove Street Methodist Church, to present ‘Nottingham’s historic public open spaces’. New members and visitors are always welcome.

For further information, please contact Jean Martin on 01777 705980, or by email