New appeal for ‘Time Team’ on Pinchbeck’s Lost Manor

Brenda Ruysen, John Lyon and Ray Tucker with artefacts from the Pinchbeck History and Archaeology Project dig' at Healey's Field, Pinchbeck.  Photo (TIM WILSON) : SG030812-129TW.  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120120308175330
Brenda Ruysen, John Lyon and Ray Tucker with artefacts from the Pinchbeck History and Archaeology Project dig' at Healey's Field, Pinchbeck. Photo (TIM WILSON) : SG030812-129TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120120308175330
  • Renewed bid to revive village history and archaeology project

Treasures are still to be found in a Pinchbeck field that has previously given up historical artefacts from as far back as the 13th century.

That’s the opinion of Pode Hole businessman John Lyon who has appealed for people to join Pinchbeck History and Archaeology Group, a team of volunteers involved in finding historic items at Healey’s Field, off Herring Lane, Pinchbeck.

There’s so much more of Pinchbeck’s history still to be unearthed as our archaeology team only really scratched the surface

John Lyon, chairman of Pinchbeck History and Archaeology Group

Mr Lyon, chairman of the group, is looking for people with experience of applying for grants from public bodies and running educational projects for schools in the hope of finding “Pinchbeck’s Lost Manor”.

It is thought that the remains of a house, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, could be buried at Healey’s Field.

Mr Lyon said: “There’s so much more of Pinchbeck’s history still to be unearthed and we’d love to hear from a new group of people interested in continuing with the project we started in 2010.

“We need someone to take it over as an educational project and who can get some Heritage Lottery funding because I think it’s one of the best stories located around this area.

“I don’t think people realise how important this part of Pinchbeck is and our archaeology team only really scratched the surface.

“If the (Channel Four) Time Team was still running, or if they planned to do another programme like Time Team, Healey’s Field would be a contender for it.”

Mr Lyon, who runs a waste container manufacturing company, first became interested in the project after he found some silver coins and pottery while metal detecting on land off Northgate, Pinchbeck.

A number of archaeological digs were then commissioned which involved volunteers and youngsters from Pinchbeck East Primary School who found items, including a leather shoe sole, medieval spurs for horses, animal bones and even a lead crystal glass goblet.

Mr Lyon said: We’ve had one or two offers of help before and there’s still immense interest through the books we’ve had published.

“Some people have said there are ruins of museum there, so I think we’ve got one hell of a site in Pinchbeck worthy of further examination.”

Anyone interested in joining the project should call Ray Tucker on 01775 725253.

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