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Lincolnshire’s First Flight by Jim Snee

Lincolnshire has often been referred to as bomber county, in reference to the large number of airfields and airbases that have been built on its green and largely flat land. However, the associations this county has with flight are not purely military in character and help remind us that Lincolnshire is an innovative and forward-looking…
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Remembering Aloud by Jim Snee

I have sat, alone and quiet, on edge of a Neolithic long barrow and thought about the people who built it. It is a kind of remembrance. No one knows their names, or if they were good or bad people. But they were my ancestors and I take a moment to remember them. My career…
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Lincolnshire’s First Footballer by Jim Snee

Lincolnshire has a long history of association football. Brigg Town FC, known as the zebras, is one of the oldest surviving clubs in the country, having been formed within a year of the encoding of the Rules of Association Football, in 1864. Prior to the more civilised game, Lincolnshire had a strong tradition of “medieval…
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Lincolnshire’s Last King by Jim Snee

Now I’m sure some of you are immediately thinking that the kings of England are the kings of Lincolnshire and in modern constitutional terms that is the case. However, Lincolnshire has not always been part of England and it has had its own kings and queens. Sadly, as is so often the case, the queens…
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Hussey Tower in the Rain by Jim Snee

It often puzzles people the things that archaeologists get excited about. They see us talking in an agitated manner and bobbing up and down in excitement and they assume we have discovered at the very least a jewel encrusted casket. It comes as something as a disappointment when we show them something like a pottery…
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Lincolnshire’s Last Hunter-Gatherers by Jim Snee

It is commonly asserted that society evolved from hunter gathering to farming and then to the industrial. Like many common assertions this is an oversimplification. One of the great complexities that archaeologists must understand is those instances where different societies exist side by side, or even one within the other. Lincolnshire, being a remarkable source…
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One Day in Bolingbroke Castle by Jim Snee

It is over twenty years since I first visited Bolingbroke Castle, and yet the experience remains very vivid. It had taken me a little while to find it. I had read about it and knew its history, but I didn’t actually know what it looked like. I did not have access to the internet in…
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Lincolnshire’s First Dragons by Jim Snee

A while ago, I was reading an old history of Lincolnshire as part of my research for Layers of History and the esteemed author asserted that there were no traditions of dragons in Lincolnshire. As a proud Lincolnshire man, I can hardly let that pass! First and foremost, Heritage Lincolnshire has its own 21st Century…
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Lincolnshire’s First Detective by Jim Snee

One of the staples of daytime television is the detective series. These entertaining programmes are based around an individual (occasionally even a police officer) who uses clues to solve one of the many murders that take place in their particular locality. Sadly (or should that be thankfully), none of these series are set in Lincolnshire.…
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Lincolnshire’s First Pirates by Jim Snee

In November 2019, I was asked to be a guest on the Jeremy Vine show to discuss the recently returned Tealby Cannon. I was particularly interested in the Cannon as it is an unusual item to find inland. As an 18th Century Armstrong pattern naval cannon it was something that you would more commonly expect…
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