Dogdyke welcomes a display of the counties unique breed of sheep, the Lincoln Longwool.

Members of the Lincoln Longwool Sheep Breeders Association, Jamie Quinn and Sue Oliver from Hall Farm Messingham, will be showing their sheep including Basil, a ram lamb that has become a bit of a media star. Basil is a hit with local school children and is a therapy sheep working with injured veterans. Visitors can also see displays of the raw fleece and a demonstration of spinning.

 

Both the pumping engines will be at work, with the unique Wakefield built Bradley and Craven beam engine of 1856 being in steam. It is the only surviving steam powered beam engine built by this company. It drives a large scoop wheel pump of a type once common in the Fens. Working alongside is the Lincoln built, 1940, Ruston and Hornsby oil engine, powering a Gwynnes’ centrifugal pump. This is an example of the type of pump that replaced the steam engines. They have now been largely replaced by electric pumps.

 

Refreshments are available and in the pump attendant’s cottage and there is a museum featuring the history of land drainage. The site has ample car parking, accessible toilets and is wheelchair friendly. We also welcome dogs on leads.

 

Admission is free but donations are welcome to support the preservation of the site.

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