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    Weʼve raised £580 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!

    Funded on Saturday, 29th June 2019

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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.

    Nationally Important

    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



    • Ian Marshman21 days ago
      Ian Marshman

      Ian Marshman

      21 days ago

      Work has now started on site to save Horncastle's Roman wall! We want to thank you for your support, without which this vital conservation project could not have happened. The work is expected to take around 13 weeks, and will continue to be led by lead advisor Dr David Watt. The conservation work itself is being carried out by experts from the award-winning firm Cliveden Conservation. Unfortunately the pandemic has spoilt our plans to hold open days. Although if it does become possible, we will give sponsors the first change to book a place.

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    • Ian Marshman4 months ago
      Ian Marshman

      Ian Marshman

      4 months ago

      Horncastle's Roman Wall Will be Saved! Dear Supporters, Like many projects, we have been set back by the pandemic. But work has continued tirelessly behind the scenes with lead advisor Dr David Watt and the Community Centre. However, Historic England have confirmed that they will provide a grant and they have approved a specialist contractor, Cliveden Conservation, who has now been appointed to undertake the work on the wall. Pandemic permitting, conservation work on site should finally be able to begin in the spring! Best wishes, Ian

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    • Ian Marshman2 years ago
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      Ian Marshman

      2 years 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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    • Adela Pickles

      Adela Pickles

      Jun 8, 2019

      Remember Horncastle as a child, we would like to come back and visit one day. Great to hear about the conservation efforts for this important piece of heritage.


    • Antony Lee

      Antony Lee

      Jun 3, 2019

      Great project to help some of Lincolnshire's most important Roman remains!


    • Anonymous


      May 31, 2019

      Your enthusiasm at the Archaeological Conference at The Collection was so apparent .Good luck .


    • David Beath

      David Beath

      May 24, 2019

      Glad to support your initiative and aims


    • David Start

      David Start

      May 9, 2019

      So what did the Romans ever do for us . . . . .?


    • Gwyn Williams

      Gwyn Williams

      May 9, 2019


    • Anonymous


      Apr 27, 2019

      Well done Ian, keep going!


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    Chairman of the Horncastle History & Heritage Society, registered charity No. 1082147.

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