Monthly Archives: November 2015

Deepings Heritage Member Tells Pierrot’s Tale

On Radio 4 last month Hugh Dennis (actor and comedian) presented his journey to Gallipoli following in the footsteps of his great uncle, Private Frank Hinnels. One hundred years ago on 17th October 1915 Frank lost his life at Gallipoli fighting with the 5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. He was the younger brother of Godfrey Parkes Hinnels, Hugh’s grandfather.

Pat Abel of Deeping St James, who has long been a member of Deepings Heritage, was listening to the programme. The name Hinnels rang a bell. She remembered that her in-laws, Mr and Mrs Walter Abel, lived at 13 Crown Street, Bury St Edmunds next door to two Miss Hinnels.

Our research in the 1881 and 1911 censuses confirms that they were Esther Ellen and Alice Maria Hinnels, the aunts of Godfrey and Frank. Kelly’s Directory for 1929 lists Miss AM Hinnels at 14 Crown Street and she was still there in 1937.

What is most extraordinary is that Pat still has in her possession a pierrot match box holder given to her by the Hinnels  sisters!

Pierrot Match Box Holder

The figure was modelled around a matchbox and it is a well-preserved example of those made by the sisters during  the First World War. They were sold in the Athenaum, the Assembly Rooms in Bury St Edmunds, to raise funds for the troops.

The matchbox is covered in black grosgrain ribbon, the ruffle is white satin and he has three pearl buttons. His head, hands and feet are celluloid.

….By the way, the matches are still in the box.


Jonathan Foyle returns to his home town!

Yesterday evening Jonathan Foyle returned to Deepings Heritage to present “Lincoln Cathedral – the Biography of a Great Building” to an audience of over 160.

Starting his talk

Jonathan was born in Market Deeping and attended local schools, so the audience included a number of his contemporaries, at least two of his teachers and his family.

As a “local lad”, Jonathan was always fascinated by Lincoln Cathedral rising magnificently in front of him as he approached the city. He declared to a friend that one day he would write a book on it – and he has kept his word! His great enthusiasm for and love of “our” Cathedral shone throughout this presentation.

His deep knowledge and understanding of this magnificent building, his “faithful friend”, provided a wonderful insight into its evolution over  centuries.

Everyone came away seeing this familiar Cathedral through new eyes.


Deepings Heritage website was then introduced to the public for the first time before its official launch – without breaking a bottle of champagne!  A bit of an oversight.

Looking through our books

Looking at our display

Signing some books

Signing some books