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Thimbleby - A Tudor Village

We have based our Tudor village on the present day Lincolnshire village of Thimbleby. Thimbleby originated in the late Anglo-Saxon period. Its name most probably means Thymli’s farmstead or village (from the Old Norse personal name ‘Thymli’ and the Danish word ‘by’ meaning farmstead or village). In 1563 there were 40 households there. Thimbleby still has many surviving traditional Lincolnshire mud and stud cottages although there is no manor house there today. Thimbleby’s present church, St Margaret’s, was built in 1744. It replaced a medieval church which stood on the same site.

From the present day street scene you can travel back in time to the late Tudor period and see what the village may have looked like 400 years ago. Download the Thimbleby Activity Powerpoint Presentation and then explore the village and its surroundings, meet some of the people who lived there, find out how a typical Lincolnshire mud and stud cottage was constructed, see inside a cottage and find out about how ordinary Tudor people lived. You can go inside the medieval church and discover how it was changed by the Reformation, and you can visit the manor house to see how rich people’s houses were furnished.

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The Russell Chantry: Lothar Götz/Duncan Grant

13 February – 29 May 2016


In 1953 Duncan Grant was commissioned to decorate Lincoln Cathedral's Russell Chantrey with a set of murals depicting St Blaise, the patron saint of wool workers. The mural unveiled in 1959 remained private for a number of years, possibly because Duncan Grant chose to put a little too much of his own life onto the walls. It was reopened for public view after restoration in 1990.


The murals were painted at a time in British art history when mural painting was far more likely to occur on secular or municipal buildings and this is one reason why Grant's chapel murals are a rarity.


The Collection is inviting Lothar Götz to produce a new mural inside a 1:1 scale reproduction of this chapel. The exhibition will include a number of Duncan Grant's preparatory studies for his murals and examples of other artworks made in response to sacred spaces and spirituality from Lothar Götz, alongside highlights from the Methodist Art Collection.




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