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Mrs Smith's Cottage, Navenby, re-opens after National Lottery funded restoration




A historic cottage has re-opened to the public after a long restoration project.

Work has been taking place on site at Mrs Smith’s Cottage, Navenby, since 2016 for repairs to the structure of the building and to preserve it for the future.

It finally re-opened on Saturday.

Mrs Smith's Cottage, Navenby, preparing to re-open. (39283985)
Mrs Smith's Cottage, Navenby, preparing to re-open. (39283985)

Richard Wright, leader of North Kesteven District Council said: “Visitors are in for a pleasant surprise when they come to see the cottage, even if they have been before.

“The restoration project has been a real journey over the past four years, with some ups and downs along the way, but it’s a testament to the hard work of the team and the vital assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund that we are now able to open the doors once again.

“The team has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to provide a new vision that will give our guests the type of insights into Lincolnshire’s heritage that they won’t get anywhere else.”

Mrs Smith's Cottage, Navenby, preparing to re-open. (39283989)
Mrs Smith's Cottage, Navenby, preparing to re-open. (39283989)

Visitors can explore the cottage and garden to get a feel for how Hilda Smith lived her life.

Almost all of the interior remained unchanged over the decades and provides a real ‘time capsule’ into a life that remained humble and traditional despite many changes in the outside world.

There will also be a chance to see the research into the cottage’s decorative interiors, which was undertaken by Lincoln Conservation from The University of Lincoln.

An exhibition based on this work and a series of both virtual and physical events will be taking place in the near future.

Visitors will need to pre-book by going to www.mrsmithscottage.com



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