16th century building will ‘bring life back’ into Boston area village

From left, Richard Duff, Mary Duff, Philip Duff, Michael Lavender and Tim Lavender, who are all previous occupants of the Old King's Head take part in a hard hat tour of the site.  Picture: Chris Vaughan.
From left, Richard Duff, Mary Duff, Philip Duff, Michael Lavender and Tim Lavender, who are all previous occupants of the Old King's Head take part in a hard hat tour of the site. Picture: Chris Vaughan.

The first major renovation on the 16th century grade II-listed Old King’s Head in Kirton is now complete.

The former inn, pub, hotel and family home, on the corner of King’s Street and London Road, is currently being transformed into a luxury B&B, café and deli by Heritage Lincolnshire - with plans to open in the spring of 2020.

The newly-renovated roof of The Old King's Head in Kirton.  Picture: Chris Vaughan.

The newly-renovated roof of The Old King's Head in Kirton. Picture: Chris Vaughan.

Renovation work began in February and now the first construction milestone has been passed - with the remains of the original thatched roof being removed, and re-roofing work completed.

The new roof was revealed to the former residents of The Old King’s Head during the final hard hat tour as part of the Heritage Open Days festival last week.

Hannah Thompson, business development manager at Heritage Lincolnshire, said: “We’re delighted with how the project is going and were thrilled to share our progress with both the Lavender and Duff families who previously lived here. We’re excited to see the new building bringing life back into Kirton, especially as the village has seen many of its local amenities like the bank, butchers and library close over the last few years.

“Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the support of the local community, works are well under way to restore this previous coaching inn to its former glory – and we can’t wait to reveal the finished project in the spring next year!”

Brothers Michael, left, and Tim Lavender, sons of a previous Old King's Head look through old photographs as they take part in a hard hat tour  Heritage Lincolnshire's restoration of the Old King's Head in Kirton.  Picture: Chris Vaughan.

Brothers Michael, left, and Tim Lavender, sons of a previous Old King's Head look through old photographs as they take part in a hard hat tour Heritage Lincolnshire's restoration of the Old King's Head in Kirton. Picture: Chris Vaughan.

Timothy Lavender is the son of the former landlord and landlady who ran The Old King’s Head as a pub from 1958 to 1969, after buying it from former professional boxer Johnny Cuthbert.

Speaking at the hard hat tour, Tim said: “I have wonderful memories of living here; I remember Kirton being a sleepy village but at the weekends it would come alive as The Old King’s Head was the only pub in the area to have a music licence – and there would be people in the car park queuing up waiting for the pub to open!

“I feel honoured to play a part in the history of the building and privileged to be invited along today. It’s been wonderful meeting the Duff family who turned the pub into a family home after we left. We’ve been exchanging stories and today I found out that a letter I once sent to Santa as a child and tucked up inside the chimney was found by the Duff family!

“It’s fantastic that Heritage Lincolnshire are breathing life back into the building which is going to be a great hub for the village.”

Mary Duff and Michael Lavender, who were both previous occupants of the Old King's Head, look through old photographs of the building  Heritage Lincolnshire's restoration of the Old King's Head.  Picture: Chris Vaughan.

Mary Duff and Michael Lavender, who were both previous occupants of the Old King's Head, look through old photographs of the building Heritage Lincolnshire's restoration of the Old King's Head. Picture: Chris Vaughan.

Heritage Lincolnshire's restoration of the Old King's Head in Kirton, near Boston.  Picture: Chris Vaughan.

Heritage Lincolnshire's restoration of the Old King's Head in Kirton, near Boston. Picture: Chris Vaughan.