Originally published in London 1914 by MacMillan & Co., Ltd., this first edition of the Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire, is republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom. Macmillan began publishing the Highways & Byways series in 1899 and by 1909 had completed almost twenty publications in the series, which extended across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with one publication on Normandy and and another on Ireland. This highly popular series continued until the beginning of the Second World War. In May 2009 Pan Macmillan reissued a one-volume collection of the best of the Highways and Byways series offering a glimpse of the very best of Britain.
The original publication of the Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire contains more than 500 printed pages, including a route map of the county illustrating the journeys undertaken by the author, Willingham Franklin Rawnsley, who chose to take many short trips from a number of central points, and more than 120 pen and ink illustrations by Frederick L. Griggs, providing as with all of the Highways and Byways series a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared under a morass of concrete, motorways and bypasses.
Willingham Rawnsley undertook more than forty 'tours' on which he reported in the Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire, amongst the most undertaken for any of the publications in the series. Numbered amongst these were: Stamford; the roads to Bourne; roads from Grantham; Sleaford; Lincoln Cathedral, the City and roads from Lincoln; Gainsborough and the north-west; the Isle of Axholme; Grimsby; Caistor; Louth and the roads from Louth as well as some fascinating detours into the folk-song, churches and prominent personalities associated with the county.
Much of the charm a vigour of the Highways and Byways series, which has stood the test of time is down to the travellers, writers and illustrators of the series and in the case of Lincolnshire this is no exception. This edition was written by Willingham Franklin Rawnsley (1845-1927), a well known writer and biographer of Alfred Lord Tennyson and the Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire are replete with more than 120 pen and ink sketches by Frederick Landseer Griggs (1876-1938). A native of Hertfordshire, this was one of thirteen books illustrated by Griggs in the Highways and Byways series. An architectural draughtsman, illustrator, early conservationist, associate of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds, Griggs was the most distinguished etcher of his age and the first etcher to be elected to full membership of the Royal Academy. His illustrations from this period 'capture a vanishing England of a brooding spiritual intensity, harking back to an idyll of vanished dreams' and as such fit very well with the general themes of the Highways and Byways series, that of a vanished or forgotten heritage. The presence of so many of Griggs' sketches in one place is sufficient reason to purchase any of the series in which he was the illustrator.
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
Edited by George H Burton and published by the Old Lincolnshire Press Stamford.
This short-lived periodical ran only from 1883-5, so this bound copy is the complete run. The binding is loose, but it is complete and well worth rebinding. It has 13 illustrations, which are actual photographic prints and so have stained the facing page with a negative impression. These include views of churches, the timber roadway at Brigg, and Roman urns found around Lincoln.
There are book reviews and articles, a series of sections on Lincolnshire freeholders in 1561, many transcripts of ancient documents, and articles about local dignitaries, such as Sir Joseph Banks by Henry Winn, and William Logsdail, local painter, etc.
Most of the copies of this periodical are in captivity [libraries] and it is rare to see one in the wild. A great chance to acquire a CD copy of a unique publication.
Published in 1799 this is an incredibly comprehensive agricultural survey of the county which contains the names of farmers in the county and the sizes and functions of their farms. Also included is information about geography and topography, management of estates and tenure, farm houses and cottages, rents, tithes, poor rates, leases, inclosure and much more besides.
A fascinating book, full of historical information that would be almost impossible to locate elsewhere.
Although primarily a Lincolnshire regiment, men from all over the country will have served with them. This is a superb account of the regiment's experiences throughout the First World War with many maps and plans, plus details of battles, campaigns and offensives.
There are also details of battle honours but the most poignant section of the book is the Roll of Honour totalling 89 pages, which lists Officers and Men from each battallion of the regiment who were killed in what was supposed to be 'the war to end all wars'.
This is one book from a series of very rare volumes published in 1807 entitled "The Beauties of England and Wales". This volume, for Lincolnshire, describes the county, its history & antiquities, and places in great detail.
It also contains some exquisite engravings of towns and churches, etc.
Notes and Queries was a journal, published quarterly, devoted to the antiquites, parochial records, family history, traditions., folk-lore and customs of the county.
Fascinating reading for local and family historians alike.
A history of the city from the earliest times. Contains lots of detailed illustrations. Covers the roman city, the cathedral, gates of the town, the city during war times, the various quarters of the city and who lived in them i.e. the Jews quarter, inns and churches that have vanished and much more. Great for local and family historians alike.
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