History and Heritage
The Town Hall is a Grade II listed building in the conservation area of the Market Place. The building dates from 1790 when it formed part of the Kirton in Lindsey House of Correction, acting as the Quarter Sessions Hall. It was rebuilt in the Market Place to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The original Trustees and Guarantors of the Hall were local prominent citizens of the time. The Town Hall, built in the Palladian style, must have been a marvellous sight when first completed; further confirming the importance of Kirton in Lindsey at that time.
After extensive works, the building was reopened in 2011 by HRH The Earl of Wessex, Queen Victoria’s great, great, great grandson.
Our information boards in the Small Hall downstairs tell a little of our story. Click on the images below to see an enlarged version.
The Heritage Room
We work very closely with the Kirton in Lindsey Society and they were a key partner in our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the works carried out in 2010. Our Heritage Room houses wall boards and display cases showing the wide collection of papers and artefacts relating to the history of Kirton that the Society have collected over the years. There are around 2 themed displays per year open to everyone including topics such as Archaeology, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the History of Kirton Airfield, and Kirton in World War I.
Information about the Society and its work, and a range of publications about the history of the area, can be found on their website at www.kirtoninlindseysociety.org.uk
There are two doors on display from the original House of Correction (Bridewell) which can be viewed when the Town Hall is open. One has a particularly interesting story of how it was discovered and saved. Click here to find out more.