The Old King’s Head, Kirton

The Old King’s Head

The inn is a rare example of the Fenland Artisan Mannerist style, a building technique which reveals a unique history of the ebb and flow of Britain’s people. The Old King’s Head tells us about the forgotten importance of the road from London to Boston, once a hub for those who traded, travelled and warred by sea.

Kirton, now a small village was once a hectic town, the third largest settlement in the county. The history of the Old King’s Head and its custodians reflect the cultural heritage of the local area, prosperous landlords, vigorous rivalries, between the church, barmen and even their own clientele!

This project has been ongoing for Heritage Lincolnshire since 2014.  Splitlath Building Conservation Ltd have now been on site since late February 2019, and over the past two years we have seen some incredible changes in the building.

We will take you through some of the key points of this project on this page and if you want to find out more our Guidebook will be available soon to purchase which details the history of the property including all its colourful owners of the past,stories of scandal and all its going-ons, followed by information about the project on how Heritage Lincolnshire came to save, restore and transform the property.

Fundraising & building the interest around the project begins….Including consultation events in late 2016, Crowd Funding in late 2017, Murder mystery night in September 2017, community raffles, merchandise for sale, sponsor a brick, attending events such as the Kirton Food Festival and so much more to ensure that people knew about our plans …

We have the keys and are now the owners of the property!

We were able to buy the building with a loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund in March 2016 and here is Liz Bates, CEO of Heritage Lincolnshire at the time, proudly opening the front door and the first person to step inside.

Pictures from April 2019 as work begins on the roof and stabilising the walls.

 

Thank you to Chris Crisford of High Up Drone Services for completing a drone fly over as the scaffolding covered the main house…….

Hard Hat Tours commenced to engage people within the local community.  These were held on three occasions; 26th April , 19th July  and 19th September 2019 when we had two of the previous families that lived in the property joined us.

April 2019

July 2019

September 2019 as part of Heritage Open Days where two former resident families of the properties joined us to see the restoration of the building they once lived in.

Blogs 

Read our blogs to find out about some of the key points of the restoration:

First phase of the project is complete‘ please click here

The Old King’s Head Regeneration Reaches New Milestone‘ please click here

The roof is back on!‘  please click here

LEADER Fund and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, has enabled us to repair the roof, safeguarding the historic timbers for the future.

April 2021

Thank you to Chris Crisford of High Up Drone Services for completing a drone fly over in late April 2021, as we near the end of the project completion

Before and After

As we near completion of the project, the transformation is even more remarkable as we compare the before and afters.

Watch a video presentation or scroll on further for pictures:

 

Friday 1st October 2021; open to the public!

After two years with our building contractors on site, The Old King’s Head opened to the public on Friday 1st October 2021 as a cafe, 9 bedroom B&B and community room available for hire.

For our official opening day, we welcomed back The Duff family, who were former residents of The King’s Head They were the first to be served in the cafe and Mary, had the grand job of cutting the red ribbon to declare us officially open!

Take a read of our blog article to see the pictures from the day.

Opening Day arrives for The Old King’s Head

Exclusive Launch Evening for local stakeholders at The Old King’s Head

The Stories of The Old King’s Head

Jim and the team have created a series of videos about the stories at The Old King’s Head, which were released for the Festival of Archaeology 2021.

Why not take a few minutes to watch an episode or two and find out more about this historic 16th Century Coaching Inn as we explore some of the stories through its 400 year history.

Click here to find out more about ‘The Story of Alice and the Blue Lady’

 

Blogs

Throughout the last stages of the project, we created a number of blogs where we have spoken to key people involved in the project, former families and also looked at some of the blogs that were written by the team back in 2016 when Heritage Lincolnshire started their project to save the property.

The Old King’s Head; welcoming back former resident Mary Duff

Previous CEO returns to The Old King’s Head

The Old King’s Head interview with Rowan

The Old King’s Head; Supporting Lincolnshire Business Chris Vaughan Photography

The Old King’s Head Bottle Discovery

The Old King’s Head; Supporting Lincolnshire Business Ali Carrotts Soft Furnishings

The Old King’s Head welcomes back Luke Gill, former resident

Local Artist supports The Old King’s Head

 

A huge thank you to all our funding partners for making this project happen.

You can now book into stay at The Old King’s Head from September 2021!

Please click here to go to the website!