This is where we will post details of projects that are being considered or currently underway. As always, if any of our members have comments, suggestions or requests please don't hesitate to get in contact.


The Sleaford Castle Project

Initial survey and investigatory work has already started on proposals to raise the profile of Sleaford’s Castle site, establish its history and to make better use of this important feature of the town’s heritage. 
This five year project involves the Civic Trust, the Town Council, local schools,  historians and others in a collaborative effort that is expected to take 5 years. Initial funding of £10,000 has been secured for surveys and research. 


Sleaford Castle Updated

A small scale geophysical survey was completed on 21/22June 2019. This formed part of an educational programme involving local schools. Heritage Lincolnshire, Archaeological Project Services funded by Historic England undertook a Resistivity Survey followed by a Ground-Penetrating Survey. The areas covered included the potential edge of the Bailey and some wall and footing remains.

Though small scale the results are promising and have encouraged the Group overseeing the project, on behalf of Sleaford Town Council, to move ahead with a full survey of the site. It is intended to complete the Resistivity Survey during the week starting 17 February 2020. This coincides with our schools' half term holiday and we hope it will encourage local engagement. Further details will be advertised through the press in the New Year.

Subsequently the Group aspire to hold a Symposium at a local school venue to present the results of the surveys and have input talks and discussions from local experts and to include our two local universities. The longer term intent is to apply for permission for archaeological explorations to more fully confirm and inform our knowledge of the castle which is contemporary with that at Newark.

At the Symposium, date and venue to be confirmed, the Group will seek input from those attending about longer term developments and enhancements for the site.

Anthony Brand, History Research Lead
12 December 2019

For more about Sleaford Castle, please visit here.


The Sleaford Bristol Water Fountain Project

The Civic trust is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a major grant of £34,000 towards the Sleaford Bristol Water Project. This is in addition to the £6,200 from local sources.In the 1830’s water was taken from the River Slea and in many cases was contaminated in resulting in early death.The Water Fountain was built to celebrate the Sixth Earl and Second Marquess of Bristol by his local tenants. It is a reminder of the significant influence of the Bristol family had in Sleaford. The water fountain was designed to be built in the Market Square in the centre of Sleaford in front of the former Town Hall and Sessions house. It was designed by Charles Kirk and Son, Architect. Work was started in April and completed October 1874, although it took longer to connect the water supply. The canopy has a shield of the Bristol coat of arms and a carved inscription “In memory of William Sixth Earl and the Second Marquess of Bristol, by a few of his Lincolnshire tenants erected in the year of out Lords 1874. The initial water supply came from a spring in the courtyard of what is now Lloyds bank. However the water supply always had problems with contamination and in 1875 vandalism when someone blocked the pipe with a pebble. The Fountain was finally closed in 1905. Sleaford Civic Trust is to run a project with Sleaford Town Council, North Kesteven District Council and Sleaford Museum to restore the fountain to working order. The fountain will supply fresh drinking water and be gently lit into the evenings and hopefully will add to the reduction of plastic bottles! The project will be run with local schools to show the history of drinking water in towns and how the fountain will help to reduce the use of plastic bottles. It is planned that work will start in the spring and building work will be finished by next spring.



The RAF Centenary

The Civic Trust is contributing towards the RAF centenary celebrations with the award of a Heritage Plaque to RAF Digby and the proposed

addition of RAF eagles to the Sleaford Town signs. The RAF Digby plaque was unveiled at the Centenary parade on 28th March. It is the first Heritage plaque to be awarded by the Civic Trust and will be followed in May with plaques for the Sleaford Heritage Trail.


The Town signs have recently been restored by pupils of Sleaford and Kesteven High School with a new colour scheme designed by Megan

Griffiths . The signs will be reinstated  in May with the addition of gold eagles to commemorate the RAF Centenary and in recognition of Sleaford’s close relationship with the Royal Air Force.


The Heart of Sleaford Heritage Trail.

This is the scheme with which we have brought to life Sleaford's history. Eight buildings were chosen from a shortlist and plaques with both QR codes and NFC tags embedded within were designed, manufactured and attached to them. After scanning the code with a smartphone the user will download a short film made by our local production company with actors playing the parts of historical Sleafordians who were resident or working there, describing aspects of their lives and of Sleaford itself at that point in history.

The project was undertaken with the cooperation of the Civic Trust, the Dulverton Trust and Sleaford Town Councillors.

On the 19th April 2018, the Trail was opened by the Mayor of Sleaford, Cllr. Jan Mathieson, with the members of the executive committee of the Civic Trust.




The Les Gostick Memorial Statue.

Nearly 2 years ago on the 11th October 2014, a living statue was seen on the streets of Sleaford. A collaboration between the Civic Trust and artsNK, this was a venture to seek publicity but also to gauge public opinion on the Les Gostick Statue. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of the statue. Now we can reveal that the Members of the Committee who have been working on this project have now secured a site for the statue, adjacent to the Sleaford Museum, and are now working on the final details which will be submitted for consideration by NKDC later this year.



The Heart of Sleaford Masterplan.

In April 2014 talks started between North Kesteven District Council, Sleaford Corn Exchange Ltd and Neighbouring owners to explore the possibility of integrating the development with Sleaford Masterplan proposals for creation of a pedestrian link between Market Place and Money’s Yard car parks.These plans are being developed as part of the HEART OF SLEAFORD project. The Heart of Sleaford project has been formalised through the creation of The Heart of Sleaford Charitable Incorporated Organisation, supported by Sleaford Corn Exchange Ltd, North Kesteven District Council, Bristol Arcades Ltd and Lincolnshire Community Foundation. The new CIO has appointed architects and other professional advisers to investigate the possibility of linking the development to Money’s yard with a new pedestrian bridge and of bringing the historic Buttermarket back into use as an enterprise centre. Also on the Agenda is restoration of a more modern structure to the rear of the site and its conversion for use as a community cinema. The vision is to create key attractor at the northern end of Southgate, linking Money’s Yard to Market Place to provide a new focal point at the heart of Sleaford. Subject to viability the development will include a mix of potential uses ranging from restaurants and bars to the cinema, retail units, office space and residential.The plan includes the regeneration and redevelopment of the derelict Grade 11 listed Corn Exchange site and buildings and refurbishment of the Bristol Arcade (formally the Bristol Hotel).


Sleaford Market Place - The Corn Exchange

On Tuesday 14th August Sleaford Mayor Grenville Jackson, Town Clerk and RFO Kevin Martin and members of the Sleaford and District Civic Trust Executive Committee were given a guided tour of the Sleaford Buttermarket site and the chance to see the progress of the restoration of 17 Market Place, Sleaford.

The visit started with a meeting at the offices of Hodgson Brothers LLP for a briefing on the Heart of Sleaford Project and the essential health and safety concerns when visiting a construction site.

Suitably equipped with hard hats, the delegation was accompanied to the site by Robert Hodgson, managing director of J Hodgson and Sons, the building's owner.

The original shop front has been hidden by a modern facade for several decades. This has now been removed and restoration of the early Victorian shop front is now underway.

Much of the interior of the property had been destroyed by fire and decay resulting from over 20 years of neglect. Wherever possible original beams are being repaired and maintained, but in some areas new structures have been essential to preserve the main structure.

Missing windows ant those damaged or replaced with inappropriate modern windows are gradually being restored or renewed with handmade frames in their original style.

17 Market Place is part of the Heart of Sleaford scheme which will open up a previously hidden area of the town with new traffic-free pedestrian links in the town centre between Southgate, Market Place and Money's Yard, helping to restore the vitality of this part of town with new leisure, retail, office and residential accommodation.

Overlooking the Heart of Sleaford


Enriching the List


32 Southgate, Sleaford – Grade II Listed and the site of Sleaford’s old Wool Market.

The National Heritage for England list contains nearly 400,000 entries (predominantly Listed Buildings) .  However, the list lacks images and many of the entries, particularly older list descriptions are very brief and out of date.

Many members of the Sleaford and District Civic Trust have a good deal more information about our local listed buildings and sites than is available in the description in the official entry. Historic England has launched the ‘Enriching The List’ initiative to open up the NHLE to additional information and images. This additional content appears after the list entry and separated from it so it is clear that it is not part of the statutory description. 

Users can upload additional information, up to four images per post and provide links to other online sources or images which are then moderated to ensure that they meet NHLE conditions. 

At the time of writing over 2,500 contributions have been published including over 3,000 images. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Sleaford and District Civic Trust plan to set up an organisational account with Historic England to help the Trust and its members submit information regarding Sleaford’s listed buildings.

Individual members can also sign up as volunteers online. You can find out more about the project including how to take part and some of the content uploaded so far at  .