The Horncastle History & Heritage Society
The hoistorian, Mary Beard, organised a competition for libraries to mark the publication of her latest book.
The team-leader of Horncatle Library contacted Sheila to help with a display, as Sheila has worked with the library before and helped organise Roman days, etc for them. 
It was decided to do the theme as a Roman kitchen as Sheila had a collection of Roman artefacts and everyday Roman clothing.  Sheila even managed to make a mock up of a Roman stove and added vegetables, spices and herbs and information about Roman eating habits.  A shop mannequin was dressed as an ordinary Roman woman.
Obviously, this display of ordinary Roman life ticked all the boxes with Mary Beard who also brings out the effects of political history on everyday life, as Horncastle Library display won the competition.
They have won a hamper of goodies which they have kindly donated to Sheila for all her work and a signed copy of Mary Beard's book 'S.P.Q.R'.
As you know Sheila organises walks around Horncastle's Roman Walls and is leading the fight for them to be protected and maintained to the standard you would expect for an historic monument, 
Our congratulations to all involved. 

Magna Carta Visit

"A most interesting visit by Society members & U3A History Group to the Magna Carta Exhibition"


The Horncastle History & Heritage Society
Founded in 1966 as the Horncastle Civic Society - an independent and non-political body dedicated to safeguarding and preserving the rich heritage of our ancient market town. We act as a leading voice in the development and growth of the Town.
The Society endeavours to highlight the heritage of the Town whilst promoting places of interest and activities in Horncastle to generate local pride and community spirit allied with an expanding tourist trade.

Society Meetings

Meetings are held approx. every six weeks at the Admiral Rodney Hotel on North Street.

A speaker is generally invited to every other meeting, whilst the ordinary meetings give Members an opportunity to contribute to the business of the Society.

Non-members are very welcome to attend to see if this is the kind of group they wish to get involved with.

See 'About Us' for details of next meeting 

Working for the town

Guided Tours of the Town

 One of our Members is willing to take visitors on a tour of the town showing them points of interest, which will make their visit to the town far more interesting.  Visits can be arranged for Thursdays at 11.00am leaving from the Market Place.  If you wish to book please phone the Chairman on 01507 523091 or contact the Town Council.

Protecting and Enhancing
Working with the Town and District Councils on planning and conservation issues, to protect Horncastle's historic environment but also trying to make it an even more pleasant and interesting place to live and work.

Informing and Learning
We love to discover more about our town.  Its history going back to Roman times and before and the influences of the railways and canals on its prosperity and the effect of the huge horsefairs on its social evolvement.  We invite you to share it all with us. 

Horncastle History on DVD available again

The DVD 'Horncastle Yesterday and Today' first produced in  2006 as a follow up to the 'Now & Then' book is again on sale at Perkins Newsagents and the Sir Joseph Banks' Centre for £9.99.

A must for anyone interested in the town's history.