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What is The Survey of Lincoln?

We are Lincoln-based group of people who are interested in the history of the city, especially its older buildings & other features left as visible traces of past activity. We research varied aspects of a different area or aspect of Lincoln each year, publishing our findings in illustrated affordable booklets. 

Members receive a copy of The Survey of Lincoln’s newsletter The Lincoln Enquirer, twice a year. Members are invited to the AGM (June) and to Open Meetings where short talks relating to Lincoln’s history are presented & discounts are offered on The Survey of Lincoln’s publications. 

This website contains most of our previous newsletters and details of our growing number of publications. It also holds material which we have not published elsewhere.

To contact us please email solsecretary@gmail.com or write to The Secretary, The Survey of Lincoln, c/o 23 Spa Buildings, Lincoln. LN2 5AU. 

Chairman's Introduction

The Chairman's baton has been passed on four times now. Throughout the years the position has been held by an Archaeologist, a Historian, an Archivist (my thanks to Chris Johnson for all the wisdom, knowledge, guidance and patience imparted over a most effective reign) and now an Engineer!
 In all these I'm sure that there has been and will be one unifying factor: a respect of and concern for our own City of Lincoln. 

An Engineer for 40 years before the inevitable redundancy "Friday this place is a factory, Monday it will be history" - some of my recollections are published as the chapter 'He's gone to the foundry' in our booklet Boultham and Swallowbeck: Lincoln's south-western suburbs (A. Walker edited, 2013).

In 1999, a few months before the final closure of the Ruston Bucyrus site I was made redundant. Having been for some years an Industrial Volunteer at the Museum of lincolnshire life, and having completed an external conservation course with Nottingham University, I was offered a 'front of house' position at the Museum of Lincs Life and this eventually led to supervision of the volunteer group.

A final retirement in 2013 has confirmed my belief that retirement can be a 'many splendoured thing'. In addition to membership of The Survey of Lincoln, the SLHA Vernacular Architecture and Industrial Archaeology teams, and industrial advisor to the Lincoln city council Historic Environment Panel, it is good to keep in touch with spanners at the Dogdyke Drainage Station. 

We must all be conscious of the rapidity with which the built environment of the City is changing. I hope that when this baton is next passed on, The Survey of Lincoln will still be contributing to the documented knowledge of our past and when necessary will remain an effective voice of conscience against those forces that would give us a city not worthy of its past. 

I would urge all members, and others, to keep themselves appraised of proposals currently affecting Lincs County Council Heritage Services, and not to hesitate to put pen to paper to relevant councillors to express opposition or support as appropriate for their various intentions. 

Derek Broughton  
Chairman, The Survey of Lincoln 2017 - 

News from The Survey of Lincoln


Mr Stanley R. Jones FSA
We were sorry to learn of the death of Stanley Jones on 9th July 2017 following ill health. Stanley undertook illustrative recording of numerous older buildings near to Lincoln Cathedral and elsewhere in the city. Most of these were published in the four volumes of The Survey of Ancient Houses or in Steep, Strait and High. He was a member of The Survey of Ancient Houses group and became a long-standing member of The Survey of Lincoln. Stanley's funeral was held 31 July 2017. 

Some appreciations:
  • I, like many of us, have enjoyed many pleasant times in his company and drawn on his considerable knowledge of buildings in Lincoln. His expertise was invaluable when I was Heritage Team Leader at City of Lincoln Council, especially on those buildings where Listed Building consent was required and I was advising owners and developers on their pending applications, in particular, if they appeared in his ‘blue books’ (Survey of Ancient Houses). He, as with Tom Baker and Richard and Mary Lucas, now leave a legacy but a big hole in expertise in their fields of knowledge that was accessible to so many. At least with the publication of Steep, Strait and High (and the preceding four publications), we have that knowledge in print. - AW.
  • Stanley was a great man, all the more so for being so modest. - MJ

Stanley was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (https://www.sal.org.uk). An obituary by Fellows Nat Alcock and Bob Meeson was published in their newsletter Salon in August 2017, and is reproduced below (formatting slightly altered) with the permission of the Salon Editor Mike Pitts. 

Stanley Robert Jones FSA obituary - Salon