Lincolnshire Wolds industrial history highlighted in Nettleton talk

INDUSTRIAL archaeology in the Lincolnshire Wolds Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will be the subject of a free talk on the Claxby and Nettleton mining industry at Nettleton village hall on Wednesday August 20 at 7pm.

Tranquil views and stunning scenery go hand in hand when exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds and it is easy to presume nature is responsible for creating the all the landscape we see today, but that is not always the case. Community Heritage project Down Your Wold is teaming up with the Society of Lincolnshire History and Archaeology (SLHA) to help promote the lost heritage of the Lincolnshire Wolds ironstone mining industry.

Speaker, Stewart Squires from the SLHA, is looking forward to giving an insight into the once thriving industry: “When we think of working landscapes in the Lincolnshire Wolds we think of farming, mining doesn’t immediately spring to mind.

“Underground ironstone mining was part of the life of Claxby Parish, 1868 to 1885, and Nettleton, 1928 to 1968. Mining provided employment for the people who lived in the area and along with financial support and social opportunities for miners and their families.”

“Today’s Nettleton landscape is a complete contrast from the noisy and bleak scenes captured from the past mining industry and I hope my talk will help people to see how much the landscape has been worked and what stories it hides.”

The talk is free to attend and open to all, there is no need to book. Attendees are encouraged to bring any photographs and objects which relate to Lincolnshire Wolds ironstone mining. There will also be an opportunity for people to sign up to take part in future workshops to further the research the Nettleton mining industry.

For more information please visit http://www.down-your-wold.co.uk or call 01507 609740.

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