Building Knowledge Of Our Foundations – [7 Aug 2008]


Naomi Field, Director of Lindsey Archaeological Services, gave detailed and illustrated advice on how to carry out buildings surveys at the monthly meeting of the Muskham Vale Heritage Group in North Muskham Village Hall on Thursday 7 August.


Her talk was topically invaluable because the Group has been kindly invited by the Footitt family to survey the Old Hall, which they own, at North Muskham. Equally encouraging was that her appearance coincided with several new members joining the Group.


She advised us to watch out for “tell-tale signs” of what changes have been made to buildings over the centuries ... e.g., different shades of brick, blocked-off doors and reshaped windows on the outside; old door and/or window latches, fireplaces from different eras, old wood or stone work hidden by years of paints on the inside.


To illustrate her points, she showed slides of several buildings she has surveyed including a mud and stud cottage complete with thatched roof that was painstakingly moved to a museum in Skegness, a 15th century merchant’s house in Louth that is now an Indian restaurant and a mill in Gainsborough that has been converted into flats.


All of her research helps current residents to better understand how their neighbourhoods have evolved; and she urged the Muskham Vale Heritage Group to research as many old buildings as possible – especially farms – before they are modernised and their historical importance is lost.


Naomi's PowerPoint presentation as a PDF file [1.7 Mb] can be be downloaded by clicking on this link.


MVHG Chairman Jim Wishart told the meeting that the survey of the Old Hall would take place as soon as the Group’s public liability insurance has been confirmed. Watch this website for further news!


MVHG Webmaster Bill Pointer appealed for more contributions to the new site, He added: “The site is a resource for everybody. It’s a wonderful opportunity to place information there that will be readily available to everybody. We have opted for a quality of service that has a phenomenal amount of space. If you have any resources you are willing to share, we will be delighted to put them up there.”


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