Explore Mrs Smith’s Cottage’s unique atmosphere, a rare time capsule and a window into the community’s past in Navenby, in the Heart of Lincolnshire.
Experience the familiar, yet unfamiliar; the ordinary, yet extraordinary at Mrs Smith’s Cottage, where her unique presence is felt in every authentic object.
Mrs Smith was well known and well-loved in Navenby, where she lived until she was 102. Her cottage provided a rare insight into the life of a rural Lincolnshire community through an entire century.
The cottage’s contents and appearance have been preserved from when Hilda Smith last lived there in 1995 and is now fully restored and open for visitors to take a step back into her era.
Reveal the layers of her unique story, her knowledge of local history, families and their secrets. Mrs Smith kept a diary, and her lifetime connection to Navenby, its people, businesses and community life is similarly rich and well documented throughout.
Discover Mrs Smith’s strong independent character and explore the unique atmosphere her cottage leaves. From climbing a ladder to bed aged 102 to resisting the Council’s insistence on an inside toilet, you will discover Mrs Smith’s independent spirit, values, faith, and life experience.
Share a memory or lesson of your own on the Wall of Promises. This is a place that collection your memories and stories as a member of the local community or as an overseas visitor.