Spreading the word about the Old King’s Head

Last weekend staff from Heritage Lincolnshire visited the Kirton Flower Festival to help spread the word about our plans to save the Old King’s Head.

As villagers turned out in force to view the floral displays we were really pleased by the positive reactions from everyone who visited our stand. Thanks to everyone who made a donation or picked up one of our new ‘Save the Old King’s Head’ badges.

Several residents also took the time to share their personal memories of the building. These ranged from visiting for cheese and wine each Christmas in the 1970s when the building was first converted into a house, to a boxing champion landlord back in the 1950s, and even playing billiards there as teenager during the 1930s.

We’re keen to hear from anyone with stories like these as we unpick the history of this Tudor inn and the role it has played in local life over the centuries. Please do get in touch if you’d like to share your memories, or if you have any old photographs, objects or ephemera.

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One recollection that really stands out is of a life-sized illuminated boxing figure which may have stood on the porch fronting the High Street about 60 years ago, when the pub’s manager was the retired boxing champion Johnny Cuthbert. Does anyone remember this? We’d love to see a photo!

Don’t forget if you’d like to take a look behind the scenes at the Old King’s Head before restoration work begins, we will be running a series of free guided tours as part our annual Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days festival in September. Places are limited so booking is essential.

If you’d like to make a donation in support of our campaign to save the Old King’s Head then please visit our fundraising page.

The Old King's Head, Kirton

The Old King's Head, Kirton

Thanks to volunteer David Taylor for his great photos from the Flower Festival.

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