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The Old Kings Head

Kirton, Lincolnshire, England

Heritage Lincolnshire

Grade II

16th-century coaching inn transformed into holiday accommodation and community space

The Old Kings Head in Kirton, Lincolnshire, is a 16th-century former coaching inn. Situated at the heart of the village, it is one of Kirton’s oldest secular buildings but by 2016 was at risk of permanent loss. Many years of disrepair had left the Grade II structure in a very poor condition, with work required throughout, including the safeguarding of historic roof timbers and the restoration of unused outbuildings.

Heritage Lincolnshire undertook a fundraising campaign, working with the local community and national funding bodies to save The Old Kings Head and bring it back into use. They purchased the derelict building in 2016 with the aim of redeveloping the site as holiday accommodation and community facilities. The organisation was keen to use the building to demonstrate the potential for heritage-led regeneration and to show how revitalising heritage assets can bring economic and social benefits to local communities. 

The AHF provided viability and development grant support to enable Heritage Lincolnshire to develop their plans for the site. Subsequently, the AHF awarded the project a loan as part of a multi-million-pound funding package to support the restoration and refurbishment of the historic pub and outbuildings. The Old Kings Head reopened to the public in 2021, offering bed and breakfast holiday accommodation, a restaurant and hireable community space. 

AHF Funding

Project Viability Grant - £3,000 (2015)

Project Development Grant - £5,000 (2015)

Endowment Loan - £200,000 (2015)

Project Development Grant - £25,000 (2017)

Image Credits

Chris Vaughan














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