Oldest secular building in Kirton

The staircase where former residents have seen the Victorian lady in a blue dress.
The staircase where former residents have seen the Victorian lady in a blue dress.
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The King’s Head dates from the Tudor period and is believed to be the oldest secular building in Kirton.

The reason Lincolnshire Heritage bought the building is because it was classified as ‘heritage at risk’ when surveyed in 2011.

Project Conservation Officer Kelly Appleton said: “The building is in the Fen Artisan Mannerist style which was the work of master craftsmen rather than architects. It first appeared in Britain in the early 17th century and the Old King’s Head is a particularly rare and fine building in this style.

“Heritage Lincolnshire, as a Buildings Preservation Trust, has been interested in the Old King’s Head since 2013 and has been carrying out investigations and raising funds to purchase the property. We felt this building could not be lost and as it was falling into a bad state of repair action needed to be taken as soon as possible.”

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will pay for the building to be fully investigated and recorded before renovation and refurbishment work begins next year. In time, people will have the chance to get involved in the project.