Mrs Smith's Cottage

“An intriguing glimpse into the past, and the life and home of one woman.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Navenby, Lincolnshire

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It seems to be just a humble cottage with a well-kept garden, but Mrs Smith's Cottage is a time capsule that has captured the live of one Hilda Smith, who lived here for decades between the 1920s and the 1990s. The cottage is rooted in its time but it's not all about looking back. Hilda was a principled and determined woman who was always interested in young people and the future. A fascinating place to visit.

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Mrs Smith's Cottage
3 East Road, NAVENBY, Lincolnshire, LN5 0HF


Opening times
  • Opening Times: Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

About the area

Discover Lincolnshire

Much of the fenland around the Wash has been drained of its marshes and reclaimed as highly productive farmland. Further north, the coastline, with its sandy beaches, has been developed to accommodate the holiday industry, with caravans, campsites and the usual seaside paraphernalia. The main resorts are Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Ingoldmells. Inland, the chalky margin of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers an undulating landscape of hills and valleys, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lincoln, the county town, is dominated by its magnificent cathedral. Most of interest in the city is in the uphill area, Steep Hill, ascending from the River Witham; the Bailgate spanned by the Newport Arch, and the Minster Yard with its medieval and Georgian architecture. Boston, on the banks of Witham, was England’s second biggest seaport in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the wool trade was at its height. There are market towns all over the county still holding weekly markets, including Barton-upon-Humber, Boston, Bourne, Brigg, Crowland, Gainsborough, Grantham, Great Grimsby, Holbeach, Horncastle, Long Sutton, Louth, Market Rasen, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Spalding (the centre of the flower industry), and the elegant Edwardian spa resort of Woodhall Spa.


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