Weʼre raising £1,000 to Save Horncastle's Roman Wall. It’s the town's oldest building, it’s nationally important & it's at risk. Help keep the castle in Horncastle!
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Sponsor a Stone
Help save Horncastle's Roman Wall by sponsoring a stone for just £10. We have already raised over £1,000 in public donations, but now we are taking our sponsorship campaign digital, to make is even easier to get involved.
For every £10 donated we can ask Historic England to contribute £90, giving us £100 towards the vital work needed to save this nationally important monument from collapse and decay.
Your contribution will be recognised on a special plaque at the Horncastle Community Centre with all the donors names. Although if you prefer you are welcome to donate anonymously.
Horncastle's Roman Wall is unique! It is nationally important and is protected by law as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I Listed building, making it as important as Lincoln Cathedral or Stonehenge.
A monument the preservation of which is of national importance. - His Majesty's Office of Works, 1929
Why the wall was built remains a mystery. One theory is that it was a part of the late Roman defences of Britain, which also included forts built along the 'Saxon shore' between Brancaster in Norfolk and Portchester on the south coast.
The fortification at Horncastle might have been part of a second line of defence, from which troops could be sent out to intercept barbarians, making sure they did not reach the wealthy city of Lincoln.
A Local Treasure
The Roman wall is a reminder of Horncastle's ancient origins that stretch back over 2,000 years to the Iron Age, when people first decided to settle and live together here in what we would today think of as a village.
Under the Romans the village became a flourishing small town, able to import luxury goods from across the empire. The massive stone wall was built in the angle between the rivers Bain and Waring during the difficult and dangerous last years of Roman rule in Britain. The Roman name Banovallum is thought to come from this location in the corner between the two rivers.
Horncastle's Roman Wall would have been a place of safety in the dark days that followed the collapse of Roman rule in Britain. The wall was strengthened in the Anglo-Saxon period, and Saxon graves have been found outside the walls, suggesting people continued to live inside.
Horncastle gets its name from the Roman Wall. From the Anglo-Saxon Hyrne-ceaster, meaning "fort in the corner".
Anglo-Saxon and medieval Horncastle grew up within the ancient walls, surrounding the church, manor house, market place and most of its houses. As defence became less important people robbed stone from it for new buildings, or incorporated the wall itself into new houses and shops. Pieces can still be seen in Jabberwock Books, the Library and several houses.
Your Heritage Is At Risk
The Roman Wall has now been on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register for decades. The most vulnerable sections are part of the west wall at the Community Centre on Manor House Street and part of the south wall behind St Mary's Square. The section off Manor House Street is one of the most visible in Horncastle, and the section behind St Mary's Square includes both the highest and longest lengths of wall that have survived.
We need to save the wall for future generations
The custodian of these parts of the wall are the Horncastle & District Community Association. As a charity its volunteers already work tirelessly to maintain the town's Community Centre and the essential services it provides. That's why Horncastle History & Heritage Society have joined forces to help them lead a joint community campaign to save the Roman Wall.
We have already commissioned a detailed condition survey from expert Dr David Watt that has identified and costed the work required to stabilise the wall and halt further decay. This complex and specialist work will cost in the region of £100,000.
In December we submitted a grant application to Historic England, which if successful will cover 90% costs. However, in order for them to invest this public money we need to show that we can raise £10,000 in match funding.
Whilst we hope some of this will come from local grant giving bodies, everyone can help by sponsoring a stone
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- 11 days ago
Ian Marshman11 days ago
I am pleased to say that we have recently completed the first repairs to part of the wall. A small section of the highest part of the wall had become unstable over winter posing a risk to residents. So Historic England were able to give an urgent grant of £5,000 to cover some emergency work. If you'd like to see the wall for yourself and the work that's still needed, why not join us for a tour during the Wolds Walking Festival, at 10am or 1pm on 25th May. To book your free place call Sheila Jonkers on 01507 524727. Thanks for your support!
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- 3 months ago
Ian Marshman3 months ago
Thanks to all our supporters! A fantastic result in just a few days. Please help us spread the word :-D
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May 9, 2019
So what did the Romans ever do for us . . . . .?
May 9, 2019
Apr 27, 2019
Well done Ian, keep going!
Apr 13, 2019
Good luck with the fundraising. Despite having never been to Horncastle, these little bits if history are important and should be saved for future appreciation and investigation.
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