wainfleet market town near Skegness in Lincolnshire uk
Magdalen College Museum - History
William Patten, a native of Wainfleet was a powerful force in 15th
Century. He later became Bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor of England.
He took his surname, like many clerics, of the place of his birth and
would therefore be known as William of Waynflete (old spelling)
In 1484 William authorised the building of Magdalen College School in
Wainfleet. The school was originally designed to take seven boys and educate
them in Latin and Greek grammar and ultimately send them on to Magdalen
College, Oxford. By 1755 the situation had changed and henceforth it became
an elementary school for boys and girls totalling 30-60 pupils. By 1877
the number of pupils had fallen dramatically and the re-construction of
a grammar school with new standards began. In 1933 the school was transferred
to the new Skegness Grammar School and the building stood empty, apart
for military use from 1939-1945. The building re-opened in 1951 and served
again as a school until 1966.
The Grade 1 Listed building is a scheduled ancient monument, County No.
321. In 1992 local resident, Mr Cliffe Toyne, founder of the Museum started
renovation of the large upstairs room and with voluntary help from dedicated
local people, grants from the local council and fund raising events the
Museum gradually came into being. Artifacts, china, farm tools, world
war memorabilia, kitchenware, coinage, books and Victoriana have been
donated or are on loan from residents in the area along with a display
by the Wildfowlers Association. The Musueum has recently undergone further
refurbishment and now displays a Victorian schoolroom.
The original interior of the room shows a large timber roof resting on
stone corbels each carved as a human head. On two fireplaces the motto
‘Sicut Lilium’ refers to the lilies on the Wainfleet coat
of arms. The two large windows are also decorated with the lilies. Since
it’s ten years of conception the Museum has seen many changes, many
visitors making a return visit. As a registered charity all monies received
are used for the upkeep of the Museum.
Open from Easter until the end of September from 1-30 to 4.30 pm on Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays weekends. Prior booking
is advisable for larger parties and arrangements can be made for evening
visits if requested.
Dave Henson (Museum Secretary)