Buckminster and Sewstern book launch

New book

The wait is almost over! We are holding a launch event on Tuesday 17 October in Buckminster Village Hall for our new paperback VCH history of Buckminster and Sewstern.

The book traces the history of two villages within a single parish, which were very different from each other in so many ways.

Buckminster is clearly an estate village - even the casual observer will note the many similar house styles, with a common palette for their paintwork, while Sewstern has grown organically, with almost every property being unique. These differences have an even longer history. Sewstern was once a commercial village - situated beside the ancient (possibly Bronze Age) Sewstern Lane, its residents practised a range of crafts and trades in 1381, and probate inventories of the 17th century show there were several substantial and flourishing businesses in this village. In contrast, Buckminster's economy was purely agricultural until c.1800. Each village then took a change of direction. The building of Buckminster Hall for Sir William Manners in 1793 created service employment, and his two new terraces of houses were filled with masons, carpenters, labourers etc. who worked on his wider estate. Buckminster Buckminster became a 'model village' from the 1880s, under the 9th earl of Dysart, and the centre of a large estate of over 27,000 acres. One terrace was replaced with family homes with large gardens, and larger individual properties were provided for professional staff. Meanwhile, the coming of the railway had ended the long-distance droving of cattle and Sewstern's passing trade. 

The book demonstrates the importance of transport routes and land ownership on the character of village life, but also covers other themes, including agriculture, religion, schools, charities and local government. Find out about the beacon which summoned the militia if enemy ships were sighted off the Lincolnshire coast, about the nuclear bunker, now restored as a heritage attraction, and why there was a riot here in 1829.