Several cities in the UK have used lottery and european money to invest arts centres and galleries as a cataylst for re-generation. The Baltic complex in Gateshead is a good example of this approach or the Tate complex in St.Ives, Cornwall.Sleaford is one of the smaller towns that has adopted this approach with the launch of 'The Hub', a national...more
It seems that Christians have worshipped here since the 11th Century; although the Church was built in the 12th century. Work started around circa 1180 AD and from that point onwards there have been major works undertaken through the middle ages right up until the current time.more
This facility known as The Hub - is located in the town centre of Sleaford, and is operated (along with a wider range of other facilities) by North Kesteven District Council through a company called Leisure Connection. This is perhaps an unusual place to house such a wonderful exhibition space - thriving market town or not, culture is certainly on...more
Saint Deny's sound like he should be the patron saint of American Hamburgers. In fact it is the same saint that is remembered in the far more famous church of St. Denis in Paris.The parish church cannot be seen as in the same league as other Lincolnshire churches such as Lincoln cathedral, Boston stump or Louth church. It is still a fine church in...more
If Constable had come form Lincolnshire rather than Suffolf, then paintings of this place would be hanging all over the national Gallery. That would have changed the face of tourism in this town.Cogglesford mill lies just to the East of the town, just about a 15 minute walk from the centre of town.Restored by the local council, the mill is open...more
Money's mill is located in the middle of a car park, by a supermarket, right in the centre of town.This impressively high building was an actual mill dating back to 1798 on the banks of a canal of the the River Slea which has now been filled in.The sails have gone, but it is still an impressive looking building - and only a little phallic looking.more
I was a little surprised when I first passed the mill, and then realised that it was open. On my way back to the station, I decided to make a visit and have dessert and coffee. The picture of my choice of dessert is shown, I recall it was a pear tart with double cream.I should say that they seem to do a busy lunch and evening trade; and they do...more
Good quality food, reasonably priced with a wide choice and variety.Bar food is available, but the restaurant attached to the back of the pub is by far the best place to eat. The Game Pate with Cranberry Sauce starter is beautifully balanced and sets a perfect begining for the rest of the meal.more
dEspite Lincolnshire being one of the most sparsley populated English counties there is a reasonable train service linking the major towns. This service effectively 'crosses' at Sleaford.
One line runs up from Peterborough, through Spalding then into Sleaford and onto Lincoln.
The other runs from the Main East Coast line at Granthan, through Sleaford and onto Boston and Skegness.
Trains run on a roughly hourly basis on weekdays and less frequently at the weekend.
Most of these trains are piddly little things these days, so Sleaford Station looks far more impressive than the trains that use it.
Whenever I have had the misfortune to spend any time at Sleaford Train station I have always been overwhelmed by the disgusting smell that seems to permeate every pore of the building.I'm convinced that every week someone buys a late night kebab after a night on the beer before waiting for a train home. When the train is approaching the quickly...more
Sleaford may have the appearance of a sleepy little market town during the week ...but the place comes alive at the weekend with locals intent on having a good time. This usually involves vast amounts of beer, a kebab, a fight, a shag, and a vomit. I believe it to be the case that there is a bus that picks up young women (in the shortest of skirts...more
32 Reviews and Opinions
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,...more
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...more
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.more