The Curious Case of the Hidden Houses; RUBL and Lincoln Lane Farmhouse, Sixhills
Having grown up in Chichester and then enjoyed a training dig at Fishbourne Roman Palace, Jenne had been bitten by the archaeology bug and so read History with Archaeology at Bangor. She joined the RAF on graduating and spent six and a half years as a Fighter Controller, mostly in the north east of England. When she left the RAF on the birth of her son, she was offered retraining, so did a PGC in landscape and buildings archaeology. Having surveyed a mud and stud cottage for her final project, she met some of the members of RUBL at a Vernacular Architecture Group conference, and since then has been heavily involved in their work around the county. She has balanced full time parenting, volunteering and archaeology ever since. She specialises in the rural vernacular timber framed buildings of Lincolnshire, and is happiest when covered in dust in a forgotten attic surrounded by ancient timbers!
Lincoln Lane Farmhouse, in Sixhills, is a remarkable building. RUBL, the building recording group of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, were fortunate to be invited to survey the building by Christopher Heneage, the owner, but neither they nor he could have guessed what they would find. The project turned into the most complex investigation RUBL have yet undertaken, involving experimental techniques and producing evidence of not just the house as it currently stands, but two earlier houses, hidden within the building. The talk will briefly introduce RUBL and the work they do, and then tell the story of this captivating building.