Heritage and history

Sneaths Mill, Lutton'Kay Jenkinson looks at mill parts including brake wheel.'Photo: SG090912-127TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Sneaths Mill, Lutton'Kay Jenkinson looks at mill parts including brake wheel.'Photo: SG090912-127TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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HISTORIC buildings across south Lincolnshire opened their doors to hundreds of visitors in celebration of National Heritage Open Weekend.

Guided tours, discovery trails and even oven-baked pizza were on offer at three sites across the area to attract people last Sunday.

History was in the air at Park Road Cemetery Chapels in Holbeach where visitors learnt about a new charity hoping to restore the 19th century building to its original beauty.

The day included guided tours of the chapels, discovery trails round the cemetery and a display of memorabilia of trade and transport in Holbeach over the last 100 years.

Gill Graper of Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trust said: “We were very pleased with the number of people who came and wanted to know more about our plans.

“They were amazed by the reasonable state of repair of the chapels and really delighted that something good is going to happen to them.

“Restoring the chapels has been talked about for a long time and it will be something that benefits the area.”

Guided tours were also on offer at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Algarkirk, where people also helped themselves to pizzas baked on a wood fire by local chef Paddy Custer.

Father Gary Morgan, vicar of St Peter and St Paul’s, said: “The day was very popular and it raised awareness of the church which was the object of the exercise.”

Sneath’s Mill in Lutton gave visitors a glimpse of flour making and baking at the site built in 1779.

Kay Jenkinson, chairman of Sneath’s Mill Trust which aims to preserve the site for future generations, said: “It was very successful and we were delighted that all the people who came were interested in the mill.

“They could put a hard hat on and explore the site, with some people telling us about their associations with the mill.

“We’re open to suggestions from the public of what to do with it next and we hope to build awareness of our trust and the mill.”