Medieval Graffiti research

Undertaking research can sometimes be difficult, you might not know where to start, or you might have run out of places to look for information.

Here you will be able to find out where to locate useful documents that cover the Lincolnshire Wolds area for your research.

Your local library will have a certain amount of information and documents that may be of use to your research. Unlike the archives you often do not need to book and you can view these materials on the day you want to go.

The first and usually most comprehensive ports of call when researching is the County Records Office and Archives in Lincoln. Don't forget you will have to call and book with the archives before you go along. If you are in North East Lincolnshire, you will have to visit the North East Lincolnshire Archives, which is based at the Town Hall in Grimsby

Volume II of the Victoria County History of Lincolnshire is also available online. This contains information of the religious houses and parishes in the Medieval period.

There is a vast array of historical information about the Lincolnshire Wolds on the internet. Books such as Arthur Young's General View of the Agriculture of Lincolnshire (1799), or the Review of the Corrected Agricultural Survey of Lincolnshire (1799) by Thomas Stone have been uploaded to Google Books and are free to view in their full extent.

Heritage Lincolnshire has a wealth of learning resources on their website Heritage Lincolnshire

Other sites have searchable, online versions of White's and Kelly's Directories from the 19th and 20th centuries. White's and Kelly's directories are comprehensive accounts of each village, town and city in the county and were done across the country. They are sorted alphabetically and date back to 1808. They contained information such as what day the postman would be coming, who the local Vicar was, how many public houses there were and how many people lived there.

Excerpts from travel writers who have passed through Lincolnshire and old maps can be found online at the A Vision of Britain site. You can also find various old maps including the First Edition OS Maps, as well as War Office Maps

Slightly more difficult to find, but out there none the less are these older maps of Lincolnshire for example the Gough Map that dates to the Medieval period and has been digitized by Oxford University.

Heritage Spotters' Handbook!  Is a quick and easy guide produced by Down Your Wold (DYW) project:





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