Jude and Steve Jones, local teachers and history enthusiasts, may look like your average Lincolnshire couple, but that’s until you see what they’ve got at the end of their garden!
On the grounds of Manor Farm Cottage Lincolnshire stands the beautiful Saxonhouse, a reconstruction of a Saxon House that would not stick out as unordinary in the 5th Century Lindsey Saxon Kingdom. In fact this is something that Steve made very clear one of his aspirations of the project was, that if someone from the Saxon period were passing through their little village in Lincolnshire today they would stop and point out how historically accurate it was and how much it reminded them of home.
Steve was the driving force behind the build of Saxonhouse in 1995 and now over 20 years later Saxonhouse has become a social and educational hub with visitors coming from all around the world to see this magnificent establishment. Everybody is welcome, from history enthusiasts to parents with children who are studying the Saxon period at school. As Jude tells us, when you visit Saxonhouse you come as friends, they do not open commercially, however donations are always welcome in order to pay for the upkeep of the house.
Jude and Steve currently have an agreement with Dementer House School whose pupils regularly visit the house and the couple teach lessons to the children, giving them chance to learn about a wide range of subjects whilst spending time in an accurate portrayal of a Saxon house. Learning history whilst being immersed in history.
Being an accurate representation of a Saxon house does have one downfall though, the roof. In the Saxon period the roofs of homes were thatched and of course that means that Saxonhouse is too, however these thatching methods do not last forever, and that is why vital repairs are needed. That is why they are asking for all our help, with a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds in order for the repairs to be made and the establishment to continue. They have already raised nearly £2000, however need another thousand pounds for the repairs to go ahead, and just 2 more weeks to raise it!
Jude and Steve are both fantastic, kind people full of fascinating stories and a genuine love for history. Saxonhouse has become not only apart of the local community but apart of a wider national treasure of history, and a huge part of Lincolnshire’s heritage.
Steve and Jude are appearing on SquabbleBox this week (04.03.16) in a brilliant in depth interview on the history of Saxonhouse, how the house runs on a day to day basis, as well as the Kickstarter campaign.
If you would like to visit Saxonhouse, or find out more about them, you can visit www.saxonhouse.co.uk for more details.
If you would like to donate to the ‘Save Saxonhouse’ Kickstarter campaign you can do by following the link below:
Article by Kai Valentine
Images curtousy of www.saxonhouse.co.uk