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Yet more adventures from the Diary of the Intrepid Lone Cyclist !
This’ll do for these now I suspect - I don’t want to bore those who take the time to read my scribblings (it doesn’t normally stop you I hear you cry)
This day saw me pedalling for all I was worth through the back roads of Lincolnshire - once again !
Destination Brocklesby Park

I say destination Brocklesby Park, that was the goal but I was, rather foolishly, sans map. This shouldn’t be a problem but I’m not exactly Christopher Columbus in the Navigational Sense !
I felt eventually after a couple of wrong turns I must be somewhere near. Spotting a man leaning against a pickup truck I dismounted and approached.
Excuse me ! Could you tell me where Brocklesby Park is ?
“You’re in it” came a laconic reply
Such was his demeanour I suspected he either owned the entire estate or could care less whether I was actually at my destination or facing a runaway train.

Brocklesby Park has thrown up something very interesting, well to me at least.
John Harrison a man of great historical importance and sadly under-appreciated both in his own lifetime and now (except for those of us in the know that is)
He was a revolutionary clockmaker and along with his brother have an association with the estate. One of their first commissions was to produce a clock for the Pelham family stables. This was a revolutionary clock in that it needed no lubrication.
I won’t bang on about this, simply urge you to read a the superb book Longitude written by Dava Sobel.

Church of All Saints

Church of All Saints

Once again I found myself at a church and stopped to for a breather and to take in the ambience of the place.
The churchyard was beautifully kept up and once again I began to wonder whose footsteps I was following.
The access was little more than a track way and the tracks that were once travelled by wooden cart wheels now gave way to carbon fibre but stood there it seemed that my presence was the only thing around me that was different from 100s of years ago - I almost felt like a trespasser.

The graveyard was so peaceful it brought to mind the phrase laid to rest
I’m not that keen on burial, especially at the moment, but when the time comes just torch me and toss the ashes - it no longer matters. This place however did make think - I could actually be laid to rest here and find peace.
Strange and alien feelings to me

Church of All Saints

From another angle

I’ve got several things from these trips. A renewed understanding of just how much Lincolnshire has to offer.
An increased interest in history and, without making too much of it, a sense of having touched the past somehow !

I’d like to write some ‘deeper stuff’ on the site and indeed I may well do. It will be an indulgence and hopefully regular readers will forgive me for it - should I actually go ahead with it of course.
Rest assured there will still be posts to, hopefully, appeal to all tastes.
All the best
A Reflective Rod

See our second visit to the Memorial Arch and Wartime Bunkers and Pelham’s Pillar


  1. WoE said,

    October 2, 2008 @ 9:22 am


    deeper stuff …. bring it on, the regulars will love it never mind the rest :) A good post and thought provoking. May we ask how far you can cycle in a day?


  2. Rod said,

    October 2, 2008 @ 9:50 am

    I may try and filter some other stuff in I think.
    As to how far I can cycle, not sure never tried to go as far as possible.
    I know one trip was about 25 - 30 miles. I need to get a little computer which tells me how far I’ve gone, max speed, average speed etc

  3. WoE said,

    October 2, 2008 @ 3:35 pm


    about 25 - 30 miles steady on, at this rate you’ll be out of the county and probably fall off the edge :)


  4. Rod said,

    October 2, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

    no fear of that - my map is an OS one and only covers Lincolnshire :)
    On the edge of the map around the borders it simply says …
    Here Be Monsters
    Best avoided then :)

  5. WoE said,

    October 2, 2008 @ 4:47 pm


    Take with you when you go…. an attractive all encompassing plastic poncho, a torch, a bag and gloves (you should be on the look out for free hedgerow grub), a puncture repair kit, a phone, first aid kit, light snack, a wheel lock, a warm fleecy sweater, lip balm, spare specs, insect repellent, bite numbing cream because the aforementioned never works, helmet, loose change to the value of say £20, compass, sextant, a small set of binoculars and a car. In our experience (well over ten miles now… ) these are the things you regret not having with you on a long journey :)


  6. Amiguru said,

    October 31, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

    Hi Rod,

    I wasn’t sure where to put this among your ever growing posts relating to the Brocklesby Estates but as it is connected with the Pelhams I’ll plonk it here.
    The following is a letter which I have come across from Sir William Pelham of Brocklesby to his brother-in-law Sir Edward Conway in 1623. It gives a sense of how difficult life was in these parts at that time for the common man. Sir William himself was feeling the knock-on effect and having to dig into his reserves as a consequence.

    “Right Honorable brother, the best newse I cann send you is that wee are all in good health God bee praised. I am now heare with my sonne to settle some cutrie affairr, and my owne private which weare never soe buthensom unto mee, as now. For manie insufficient tenants have give upp theyr farmes and scheepwalks, soe as I am forced to take them into my owne hands, and borrow munnie uppon use to stocke them. Itt draweth mee wholy from a contemplative life, which I most affected, and coolde bee moste willing to passe over my whole estate to the benefite of my children, soe as I weare freed of the troble. Our cuntry was never in that wante that now itt is, and more of munnie than Corne, for theare are many thousands in thease parts whoo have soulde all they have even to theyr bedd straw and cann not gett work to earne any munny. Dogg’s flesh is a dainty disch, and found upon search in many houses, also such horse flesch as hath laien long in a deke for hounds, and the other day one stole a scheepe, whoo for meere hunger tore a legg out, and didd eate itt raw. All that is moste certaine true, and yett the greate time of scarcity not yette comme. I shall reioyce to have a better subiect to write of and expect itt with patience. In the meane time and ever I will remaine.

    Your Honnors most loving brother to searve you
    William Pelham.

    Brockelsby this 21 of Aprill.
    To the Right Honorable my very loving brother Sr. Edward Conway, Knight, Pricipall Secretary to his Ma’tie, and one of his Most Ho: privy Councell.”

    Endorsed - “April 21 1623. Sr. William Pelham. Concerning the great want and scarcitie in Lincolnshire.”

    The reference to horse flesch as hath laien long in a deke for hounds is seemingly a reference to the Brockelsby Hounds. Do you think that Dogg’s flesh is a dainty disch is the precursor to the hotdog???
    It makes the current recession pale into insignificance doesn’t it?

  7. Rod said,

    October 31, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

    thanks for posting this - an amazing letter !
    What a piece of social history, I’ve read it twice now and what a great addition to the page.
    Many thanks Neville

  8. Amiguru said,

    December 28, 2009 @ 10:43 am


    Brocklesby e-mail…. ;)

    N :twisted: le

  9. alastair gourlay said,

    October 26, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    am I able to see the john harrison clock on the estate ?do you have any contact no for further information?
    thank you
    Alastair Gourlay

  10. Rod said,

    October 26, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    Hi Alastair,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - I’m afraid I can’t help with either question but the estate office should be listed in phone directories I would imagine

  11. Postman Pat said,

    November 17, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Have been visiting this site more since I retired and find myself getting more & more interested in Linconlshire history.
    I have if you would like to include in this blog some photo’s of the inside of All Saints Church Brocklesby Estate. I have tried to copy and paste but to no avail.


  12. Chris Keyworth said,

    November 17, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    hi pat i for one would love to see the pics, if you click on rods picture top right of every page you can email the pics to him im sure he will include them


  13. Postman Pat said,

    November 17, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    Thanks Chris, Will do. They are not top quality, but still viewable.

    [Later edit by site owner] These pictures very kindly sent in by Pat - I’ve never seen the inside before - it’s spectacular - many thanks indeed

    Inside Brocklesby church

    Inside Brocklesby church



  14. Rod said,

    November 17, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    3 years ago this original article, needs a revisit and new photographs methinks.
    I can still remember being there though - fantastic spot

  15. Rod said,

    November 18, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    Brocklesby Church Pictures, scroll up a couple of coments to see the inside off the church - superb photos kindly sent in by Postman Pat who retains copyright.
    Thanks and regards

  16. Chris Keyworth said,

    November 18, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    pat great pictures have you got any close ups of the carvings behind the altar and the stained glass window both are of conciderable interest to me

  17. Rod said,

    November 19, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    both are of conciderable interest to me
    I’ll bet I know what you’re thinking ;)

  18. Postman Pat said,

    November 19, 2011 @ 3:33 pm


    Sorry no close ups.


  19. Chris Keyworth said,

    November 19, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    hi nev
    as close as i can get really to both the stained glass plates are from Newhouse and Nunn Cotham Robbed by the rich so to speak, ive never seen the altar before but it looks interesting it seams most of the local houses of worship that was on the eastate are strewn all over the place its anoying, but it makes it interesting investigating them, looking at the altar it looks to have come from one of tha Abbeys…

  20. Chris Keyworth said,

    November 19, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    yes seen the glass plates i already know about them i mostly interested in the carvings behind the altar at this stage, it looks very familiar ive seen it somwhere before if you get my drift, if it is the same as the one in the black book then without a doubt we can say it came from Newhouse..

  21. doug waller from canada said,

    January 22, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    Thanks, I understand. Doug

  22. graham h said,

    January 23, 2012 @ 9:00 am


    I have just found this and have found it very interesting. Have you looked at the Brocklesby Estates own website there are some interesting things on it. Last year my son and my self went to their country fair (wanted to photograph the birds of prey) and found out they have a shop inside the walled garden. They sell some great produce there and the taste is amazing not like some of the stuff in supermarkets, well worth a visit.



  23. Rod said,

    January 23, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I’ve never actually been to the fair, I was going to go last year but was advised ‘it wouldn’t be for me’ !
    I’ve not visited the shop either but I have seen the website

  24. graham h said,

    January 23, 2012 @ 10:43 am


    Seems like you have given me a change of name you have replied to my post but named me David.

    I found the country fair an enjoyable day, some of it was designed for kids but there is a lot that is of interest. I also took the time to have a walk round and look what wildlife was about.


  25. Rod said,

    January 23, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    I was writing a bibliography of the author David Alexander when m email pinged with your comment - that must have been it - I’ve a very limited mental capacity :)
    I may well take a trip to the next one - used to go to the Chatsworth Country Fair, always enjoyed that.
    Regards and apologies

  26. graham h said,

    January 23, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    No need to apologise Rod we all have our moments. I think it comes with age.


  27. pikeypete said,

    June 22, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    yes rod very interesting indeed regarding the clockmaker john harrison who made a clock for the pelham stable in brockelsby .. somebody told me that the house in barrow on furness where harrison lived during the time he was a clockmaker as been knocked down i could be wrong??? we have a lot to thank john harrison for inventions like the grass hopper escapement. and the harrison grid pendulum …not forgetting navigation at sea with is marine chronometers .which can been seen at the greenich observertory ……..john harrison was a genius with no formal training however he was up against the likes of the [royal society] who believed[ longtitude ]..could be deterimed by the stars alone .johN harrison waited nearly 60 years for is prize money of twenty thousand pounds which was a huge sum ..

  28. Frank said,

    June 22, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    John Harrison lived in Barrow upon Humber not Furness


  29. pikeypete said,

    June 22, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    quiet right frank my mistake whatever was i thinking ill have to sack my[ proof reader] yes harrison lived in barrow on humber …..thank you frank for spotting this error

  30. pikey pete said,

    August 31, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    in the year 2006 a memorial stone was laid in westminister abbey for john harrison clockmaker also harrison was the inventor of the bimetalic strip used in clock making .

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