Byards Leap Lodge
Byards Leap, Sleaford, NG34 8EY, United Kingdom
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St Denys' Church Memorial Stained Glass Window
St Denys' Church Exterior
St Denys' Interior (2)
St Denys' Chruch Interior (1)
Travel Tips for Sleaford
The delights of the castle
Look closely on a map of Sleaford and you will see 'castle' mentioned. Don't get your hopes up however, this 12th century building fell into disuse by the 16th, and now there is virtually nothing left.
Just off the main street it is surrounded by some grassy areas and provides a nice little walk if you have nothing better to do.
Oldest Pub sign in England
The Bull and Dog pub on the main road in Sleaford claims that the pubsign on the outside wall is the oldest in the country. It is also unique in featuring a bullbaiting scene. (nothing like a good clean sport is there ?). The stone is dated 1689.
Do not let this slice of history convice you the place is a great place to drink - The modern orange 'flapping' sign on the outside belies a much more modern approach.
The sign is a nice little detail, but guve the pub a skip unless you like dingy pubs and loud music.
The pub is on Southgate, Sleaford
One of the weirdest museums in the world
I must admit I have not been to this museum myself because my wife would call me a sad git in search of an anorak.
On the other hand there is no denying that a museum dedicated to 'bubble' cars and other micro cars in somewhat unusual.
They have about 50 of them parked up in the village of Cranwell only a few miles from Sleaford. If that is your bag, then go.
I always remember the great tale Jasper Carrot used to tell about all those owners of bubble cars (the ones with the front opening door) who drove them into their garages and then starved to death inside because the couldn't open the door !
Lincolnshire. NG34 8EY
A day out in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
"A day in Sleaford, including St Denys' Church"
I had to make a trip to Sleaford one Friday. It was an early start but I did have an enjoyable day out - and spent some time walking around the town centre following my meeting.
I visited St Denys' Church - and found it very spiritual. Although it does seem that like every other church you can visit - there is an expectation that you will donate and pay for every scrap of information available for church visitors.
"Town Centre Greenery"
As I walked around the town centre I was surpised as to how many areas of greenery were present. Although not always open to the public.
Sleaford does seem to be a fairly green town - it was well worth visiting.
This was the reason for my visit - I was a judge in a compteition and one of the entries was the partnership which exists between the local authority and the company which operates their cultural and leisure facilities.
The Hub is the National Centre for Craft and Design. It was well worth the visit, and there were a number of exhibitions running at the time of my visit.