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Sir Joseph Banks Centre, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, UK


7-13 Bridge Street, Horncastle

A very exciting project is emerging in a small market town in Lincolnshire. Horncastle is only a few miles from Sir Joseph Banks's Revesby Estate and he was the town's Lord of the Manor. It is an ideal location to establish a centre promoting the importance of Sir Joseph Banks and, through him, the strong historic links the county shares with Australia.

The Sir Joseph Banks Centre will be situated in a grade II listed building recently restored by the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire. This grading means that the building, which dates back to the 1700's, has architectural merit and that the restoration work has to meet the high standards set by the national conservation body English Heritage. The soon to be established Sir Joseph Banks Society will be based there. With the space available we intend to offer research facilities available to the public, although specific research projects will be undertaken on behalf of the Society. In addition we hope to develop a garden as a tribute to Banks that will be a quiet haven for visitors and provide the opportunity to purchase rare and unusual plants. We also hope to have a small shop selling books and souvenirs.

Lincolnshire, through Sir Joseph and other explorers from this county, has an historic connection with Australia that we wish to strengthen. One of the centre's first research projects will be to find details of those convicts transported from Lincolnshire to Australia in an effort to find their descendants both here and there.

The Captain Cook Society and the Sir Joseph Banks Society have mutual interests and I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce our objectives. We will be creating a website which should be launched around April 2007 but in the meantime we can be contacted at the address below.

Jean Burton, Sir Joseph Banks Centre, 7 Bridge Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, UK

Originally published in Cook's Log, page 30, volume 29, number 4 (2006).

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Hello Anita, Joseph Bank's great grandfather (also called Joseph Banks, 1665-1727) purchased the Revesby Abbey estates in 1711. On his death in 1727, the estate passed to his first son, also called Joseph Banks (1695-1741). On his death in 1741, the estate passed to his son, William Banks (1719-1761). In 1733 William had assumed the surname of Hodgkinson, but in 1741 he reverted to the family name of Banks. Several years later his son , the future Sir Joseph Banks was born. I wonder if it was the changes in the surname of William (Hodgkinson) Banks which caused the confusion?
By Cliff Thornton on 11/16/2013 8:02:56 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Hello Jean, My son is doing a project on Joseph Banks over here in Australia but we originate from Haltham and I have my father doing some research for me there in Horncastle but i wondered if there was any information you could pass on about Sir Joseph? There seems to be some discrepancy over who Revesby Estate belonged to at the time of his birth? Any information would be much appreciated.

Best Regards

Anita Frost
By anita frost on 11/11/2013 10:30:54 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Julie, The Thomas Pennant Society will be passing through Horncastle on Saturday,4th. May 2013 and would like to call in and pay our respects to one of Pennant's good friends; I know he stayed with Banks and it looks as if they journeyed together to Spalding to become members of the Gentlemen's Club there. Any info. on their meetings, etc. would be welcome and I'll be in touch later regarding details; our society can learn a lot from yours, I think!!
Yours sincerely,
Ryan Jenner
Contact Julie Feagan
By Ryan Jenner on 11/22/2012 11:49:07 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Will of The Right Honorable, Sir Joseph Banks, His Majesty's Most Honorable Privy Council and President of the Royal Society of Heston , Middlesex
is held at The National Archives, Kew and can be seen on their website http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/wills.htm
Will of Sir Joseph Banks
By Administrator on 11/13/2012 10:45:28 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I wonder if you may know the answer to my question.

Where is the last Will & Testament of Sir Joseph held?

Ian Robertson

Some help
By Ian Robertson on 11/11/2012 12:59:48 AM Like:0 DisLike:0

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