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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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An incredibly intricate and thoughtful exhibition inspired by Agatha Christie

18 June - 11 September 2016

Exhibition Opening Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Venue: The Collection

Price: Free Entry

An exhibition of fine paintings with a theme inspired by Agatha Christie and detective fiction, where each painting has a title and a caption suggesting a possible role that might be played by the subject in a larger mystery. Artists include Duncan Grant, Gwen John and other greats from British Modernism.

Frances Fyfield is an award winning crime writer who has written twenty four suspense novels and, in the meantime, collected rather more pictures. This exhibition showcases just part of her eclectic private collection of paintings, amassed over fifty years. Each painting on display tells a story and each character featured has a role in our very own murder mystery. On the walls you will see the victim, charlatans, thieves, murderers, onlookers, bit players, detectives. It is up to you to decide how guilty or how innocent each one might be.


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