You might be forgiven for thinking that the Bishop of Ely had little to do with Bonby, North Lincolnshire. Astute, entrepreneurial and clever with politics and finances, John de Hotham seems to have led a deeply pious as well as privileged life before he died in the comfort of Somersham Palace in 1337.
By David Robinson OBE, Editor 1976-1989 and Poachings writer 1961-2011
When considering the industries native to Lincolnshire, it is doubtful that paper manufacture would spring to mind.
4th November 1944
During the height of the war, Lincolnshire would resound nightly to the deafening roar of heavily-laden bombers as they thundered down the runway, striving to take to the air. Night after night out over the dark forbidding North Sea they went, on bombing raids over enemy territory from which some would not return. One such raid, in which 101 Squadron was heavily involved, was on 4th November 1944.
In 1861 the population of Lincoln was 23,000 and growing, but conditions for working people were harsh, with none of the luxuries many of us take for granted today. For those in work they were long days and even then, everything they earned was spent on everyday living expenses. For those out of work, it was off to the soup kitchens.