Find out about your town’s past

HISTORIC memorabilia depicting a Horncastle of yesteryear will be showcased at Stanhope Hall this weekend.

Horncastle Civic Society’s History Days, this Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, from 10am-4pm, will include a range of fascinating exhibits.

They include pre-war copies of Morton’s Almanacks, old copies of the Horncastle News, and numerous private collections of artefacts never publicly displayed before.

Photographs and exhibits of the former Holmeleigh Children’s home, the Skegness to Horncastle Walk and St Mary’s Church will be available for inspection.

Horncastle Town Council’s archives and the town’s burial records will be on show and representatives of Horncastle’s Family History Group will be on hand to advise on genealogy.

‘Top secret’ instruction manuals disguised as seed catalogues issued to members of the Auxiliary Units, the British resistance set up by the SOE to counter a German invasion, will be displayed as will an ingenious coal bomb designed to wreck railway engines.

A new book on the life and times of Dr Edward Harrison, the founder of the Horncastle Dispensary in 1789, will also be on sale. Admission is free and parking is available.