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Spooky Story Competition Winners

In October we asked our followers to create a spooky short story that featured the subject of this atmospheric photo from Louise Southgate, which is one of the fantastic entries from our annual photography competition for the Heritage Lincolnshire Calendar The photo was taken of the Johnson Mausoleum in Spalding Cemetery, and the winning stories…
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The Visitor by Arkwright

He was just a harmless old boy for most people. They’d see him going past on his fixed route of library, coffee shop and the Co-op and say what a shame it was for him to lose his memory like that. They speculate about what happened that night on Spalding Fen that left him wandering…
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The Black Dog of Spalding Cemetery by P Franklin

The tan leaves crunching under paw, Ajax decided it was a very pleasant evening for a walk in October. He was enjoying the cooler nights, now that his winter coat was growing in. Being a Long-Haired German Shephard was an absolute joy in the cold but could get rather uncomfortable in the blistering heat of…
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The Dare by JA Gill

It was just a dare. That’s kids for you. Jack would dare me and I’d dare him back. So one Halloween we dared each other to walk through the graveyard at night. We weren’t supposed to be out after dark, but we went out early saying we’d be back and stayed until the sun had…
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A Moment of Remembrance by Jim Snee

One of the things I like to do on social media is to join interest groups. I have little time at the moment for hobbies, so it is nice to see what others are doing. It’s a bit like window shopping, which I did a lot of, when I was younger. The thing that I…
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Charging at Giants in Lincolnshire by Jim Snee

There is, and always has been, something quixotic about the heritage profession. Cervantes’ famous knight (Don Quixote) charged at windmills believing them to be giants. In heritage, it sometimes feels that in order to preserve windmills, we must turn them into giants. But is there a tradition of giants in Lincolnshire? Although the earliest written records…
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Lost Villages and Legends by Jim Snee

In the north of the county of Lincolnshire is a deserted medieval village called Gainsthorpe. It is one of the best examples in Lincolnshire, if not the country. While monitoring excavations for an electrical cable, I have looked over the gate into the field and felt as though I were looking into some sort of…
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Labyrinths, Circles and Dance by Jim Snee

From memory, which I must confess is somewhat distant, dance has never played a significant part in the church services I have attended if any part at all. Which is a shame, because dance has a long tradition in Christianity and has played a significant part in Christian celebrations. To understand this, I took some…
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Lincolnshire’s First Halloween by Jim Snee

It is that time of year when people begin to remark about how Halloween has become commercialised and Americanised. But, as usual, I find myself wondering if that is entirely true. So I did a bit of digging (metaphorically, alas) and started to have a look at the origins of the festival(s) we celebrate at…
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History Is Not What It Used To Be

There is an old joke, nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. But as I blow the dust off old notes to prepare myself for a talk to a Lincolnshire society, I find myself swimming in nostalgia. The talk has the title taken from an Eddie Izzard sketch about archaeology, and when it was written…
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