The 'White Canons' Rediscovered
Norman Bainbridge on springtime for Tupholme Abbey
A remarkable operation to save the remains of the Premonstratensian abbey at Tupholme in Lincolnshire reaches a major milestone on Saturday, April 14th, with the public opening of the grade 1 listed building and scheduled ancient monument.
Enthusiastic volunteers, from schoolchildren to pensioners, have spent the past year clearing the site, a lonely twenty-acre grassfield of 'humps and bumps' by the side of the winding Bardney to Woodhall Spa road a dozen miles east of Lincoln.
Their work to provide a new life for the ruin was made possible after the new conservation group Heritage Lincolnshire spotted that the site was up for sale in October 1988. The fledgling organisation was formed only the month before.